Monday, February 8, 2021






Despite having written close to 3,000 blog posts, the largest number of which have to do with working at a busy, near urban library, it suddenly occurred to me that I have yet to write a single post about pulling requests.

This, finally, is that post!

But first let me explain what "pulling requests" is. It's pretty technical, so bear with me:


People request, on computers, materials that they'd like (books, DVD's, CD's, etc.). We at the library print out lists of them. Then we pull them off the shelf.


I hope I didn't lose you in all the detail there.

The problem as I see it with pulling requested material, as opposed to shelving returned material, is that these are items people want. This makes them unavailable and appealing in a much more concentrated way than those books that people have finished with and don't want anymore.

Some of this might explain why I have stood here in the library stacks reading an interesting book about cocktails, and one about the secret gardens of Kyoto, for at least 15 minutes, and how, after half an hour of "pulling requests" I have pulled less than a dozen requested items.

Although writing this didn't help much either.





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