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journal usage study 
29th-Aug-2006 01:58 pm
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Poll #809555 This Journal is Conducting a Usage Study

You may check many boxes, but please do not reshelve books yourself.

I read this post! :)
2(2.9%)
I read this journal... :)
1(1.4%)
...sometimes
0(0.0%)
...usually
1(1.4%)
...or would if you posted more
0(0.0%)
Reading is N/A to pictures. :p
1(1.4%)
*hugs* :)
0(0.0%)
*kisses* :)
0(0.0%)
rainbow frogs
0(0.0%)
I reshelve books regardless of signs...
1(1.4%)
... not regardless, but strategically. :)
0(0.0%)
I do not read this journal.
0(0.0%)
Comments 
29th-Aug-2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Unless you're beyond 100% sure that you will do so exactly right, don't reshelve books! If you put them in the wrong place in a large library, you might as well just toss them in the trash. All those books that are marked as 'lost'? Many of them are in the library. But libraries don't have the money to pay people to comb the shelves looking for out-of-place books, so they tend to just stay there forever.
29th-Aug-2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Careful with that info. You may be handing reshelving strategists bookburning-caliber firepower. ;)
29th-Aug-2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
I reshelve only when I feel certain.
30th-Aug-2006 06:00 am (UTC)
(I think about whether or not I want my usage counted sometimes.)
29th-Aug-2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
I always feel guilty reshelving for some reason, even if I only took the book down for a few seconds. Damn librarians and thier shaming signs!!
29th-Aug-2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
I use to be a professional book shelver, so I can totally reshelve books myself.
29th-Aug-2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine is the manager of the used book department at a bookstore in Harvard Square. One time, he found a shelf full of mis-shelved books. He asked his workers why.

"Oh, Dave must have done those."
"Dave? Who's Dave? We don't have a Dave working in our department... "
"Dave's this homeless guy; he comes in and shelves books on thursday mornings."
"You let a homeless guy come in and shelve our books, and didn't even make sure he was doing it right?"
(assorted mumblings from employees along the lines of "didn't think to stop him", "he seems to like it", etc.)

My friend did have to put a stop to this, especially since Dave apparently also sometimes made overtures at female shoppers, and (in New York at least, and probably here too) book stores and libraries have pretty serious problems with theft. The idea of a homeless guy who shelves books is pretty charming, but throwing skanky passes at customers is just not cool.
30th-Aug-2006 06:00 am (UTC)
*hugs* Neat! And hello! :)
30th-Aug-2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
the library I used to work at, we had a crazy homeless guy who would "reshelve" the books--that is, take down entire shelves, rearrange them in totally random order, and put them back perfectly neat but completely out of order. it was so confusing, because at first glance it *looked* okay--usually a shelf that's a mess is a mess, all sideways and such, but this guy was a neat freak. literally, freak.

we also started to suspect he was pushing them around so he could get a better look at the girl who was reshelving in the next stack over.
30th-Aug-2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
so... either this guy gets around or else it's a trend...

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