I swear I wasn’t looking (via Closed Stacks)


Interesting thoughts on patron privacy at the library.

I swear I wasn't looking “Hi, I’ve got something on hold.” “Sure, one second, let me grab it.” I turn slowly, saunter to the shelf, and begin scanning.  Hmm, where is it?   Oh, here we go.  Oh man!  I grab it. Don’t look down, don’t look down.  It’s probably not what you think.  Maybe you read it wrong.  Maybe not.  Just focus on getting it there.  Don’t let the patron know you saw.  Scan it, print the receipt. “Have a nice day.” Smile, nod.  Phew.  I don’t think they no … Read More

via Closed Stacks

One thought on “I swear I wasn’t looking (via Closed Stacks)

  1. Our local public library allows us to pick up our own holds, and we also have self-checkout terminals. The books on the holds shelf are placed spine-down and they’re pretty well packed together so that it’s very difficult to see anyone else’s book unless you’re really trying. But somehow (oh dear, how?) you have to walk from the holds shelf to the self-checkout machine and then out of the library with no one seeing your book…

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