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Tales from the commute: "Stop, stop, stop!"

Old 08-24-11, 03:48 PM
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Awesome!
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Old 08-24-11, 04:07 PM
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very cool.
Gotta bring them "the librarian" movies and tell them of the secret adventures you have fighting bike crime.
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Old 08-24-11, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Jtgyk View Post
Jeeze! It must be nice. Our limit is 100 items out per card. (Multiple cards per family. Yikes)
Our numbers look great, but we're buried most of the time. (We, in Circ, have been lobbying for lower limits) Hopefully, it'll change for the better when we get our RFID system installed.
Jeeze! Must be nice to have that kind of budget where you can afford enough materials for folks to check out hundreds of things at a time. We're a little 13,000 SF neighborhood branch of the city library. While our doorcount ranges from 400 to 600 a day, our media budget is only $21K for this year, down from $30K last year. Hence, one copy per title, and limits of five DVDs and 10 CDs. (Besides Circ, I process media and submit the invoices for payment. That's how I know the budget.)

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I flinch a little when I see patrons approaching the desk with rolling luggage.
We have no limit on books, but I tell the patrons it would raise an eyebrow if they came in with a wheelbarrow. Most walk so that sort of limits things.

And at a quarter a day for overdues, most of our patrons wouldn't be able to afford one day overdue on 100 items. End of the month they can't afford a day overdue on five items.

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Old 08-24-11, 07:50 PM
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Great story. I love libraries.
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BikeFlix has a nice ring to it. Hang an international Library sign on your panniers and send you off through the neighborhoods of Rochester.
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Old 08-24-11, 09:54 PM
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We're a city of about 107,000, and only have the one library building (81,650 sq/ft). During the summer, we can easily hit 1000 items/hour check out (we serve a very large area - having agreements with many of the surrounding cities) It's fairly normal for people to drive 20-30 miles to use our facilities. We usually have only 4 or 5 circ people working at any given time. (chaos doesn't reign here - it pours)

This is why I commute...I need the decompression time on my longer route home.

BikeFlix does sound cool.
Can I come up there to work?
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Old 08-25-11, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Jtgyk View Post
Can I come up there to work?
You just missed last week's deadline for Staff Exchange Day.

We're part of the county library system. There are ten neighborhood city branches, 23 suburban ones and Central Library downtown. Every year there's a Staff Exchange Day where you sign up to work in another library or department to see how they work. Deadline was last Thursday.

This year I'm going to Cataloging. Wish me luck!

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(chaos doesn't reign here - it pours)

This is why I commute...I need the decompression time on my longer route home.
That's pretty much SOP here too. While our doorcount is low compared to yours, the patrons are pretty intense. I deal with the typical patron five or six times per visit. We're essentially free daycare for a lot of families, and of course in the 'hood, few have jobs, so we're part social services, part job search center as well.

Few can afford computers or Internet, so that's a big part of our doorcount too. We could replace all the books with PCs and still wouldn't have enough to meet demand. There are actual fights over computers, and that's with a reservation system.

Naturally, basic literacy is a problem, so we spend a lot of time helping people read and interpret the web sites they're using, and reminding them that Resume Writing and Creative Writing are two different disciplines.

The commute home is the best part of my day. By the time I pass the kids' house in the OP, "Hey library guy!", I've pretty much left it behind.

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Old 08-25-11, 06:34 AM
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Nice! I feel all warm and fuzzy after reading this.

I'm going to tell this story to my mother (retired librarian).
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The "Hey library guy!" is definitely a sign that you are having a great positive impact in your area.
Good luck and keep up the good work.
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