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19 June 2014

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I'm really enjoying this series, CR.

I work in a library, and we encourage people to NOT re-shelve their books--not only because they might mis-shelve them, but because we keep browsing statistics as well as circulation statistics. Folks may use an item but not check it out.

We're an academic institution, though, and I don't know if public libraries operate the same way.

Carrie,
Yes, I know, I remember that from my academic days too. So I understand, and am a believer in each individual library using a little signage to let me know what they prefer ("Please leave items here for reshelving" is always a nice clue).

In the public library where I was we didn't track the materials so closely, other than circ stats. Mainly we just tried desperately every night to put the library back in some semblance of order after the barbarian hordes (nice hordes though they were) had been through. :)

p.s. and thanks for enjoying the series. It's not so much a series as a twofer; that's pretty much all the "big thoughts" I've got on the subject.

We do keep "in house" statistics at my public library. It's useful for tracking collections (like reference and magazines, obviously, but also graphic novels, fashion books, etc.) that tend to get a lot of browsing but aren't checked out as much.

I talk to daughter a LOT about what she's reading; we have similar tastes, but get very different things out of the same books. Son, however, is extremely private, and tends to like books that I'm not so into (e.g. horror, dark dystopias [but don't you DARE call him "emo"!])

Neither of them reads much nonfiction, which makes me sad, but maybe once they're out of school?

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