Friday, September 4, 2020

Manipulating clocks

"Is it still five days you have to pick up a hold before it's gone?" A library patron asks.

"Actually it's longer than five days, but we just tell you it's five days in the same way they used to say masks didn't really help with the coronavirus so that they could keep the limited supply available for health workers."



  1. I'd forgotten that the RCL limit is 5 days (wink, wink); where I am now, holds are held for two weeks. My first thought was that maybe people just can't get to the library that often, perhaps they live far outside the city. I don't think that's it, because if you're not a resident of the city (or a teacher, or a property owner) a card for a full year is $100. Over 65, it's $85. I'm happy to say I'm within the city limits.

    When I tell people here about MELSA and their policies, I don't think they believe me.

    1. They don't believe MELSA because it's so accommodating? It's hard to imagine they get many, if any, paid library cards, but I'm willing to be proven wrong. Still, I think a fair share of policies are just random "Let's just try it so we can stop talking about it and it hardly matters." and then 70 years later "Well, they must have had a really good reason for this policy."


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