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Our public library does this as well.  I have to be careful that I don't pick up 
the books of a friend of mine with the same last name as me.  It does bother me 
that we can see what each other is reading but not enough to object.  It is very 
convenient to find my holds and check them out myself.  I can be in and out of the 
library within 2 minutes.  Makes for a quick stop for a very busy person.

Ria Faber, Librarian, Website Administrator and Network Assistant
Covenant Christian High School  
Grand Rapids, MI  

Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 16:00:50 -0700
From: Janice Davies <jgdavies2004@YAHOO.COM>
Subject: OT: New policy at my public library
This is off topic because it's about my local public library, but since you=
're all librarians, I wanted your take on it.
Our public library -- probably as a cost cutting measure -- has decided tha=
t when a patron comes to pick up a book that is being held, they can retrie=
ve it themselves from a row of shelves that is in the general part of the l=
ibrary. I went today to pick up I book I was having held for me, and saw th=
at right next to my book was a book being held from someone in my Moms' clu=
b. (we both have names starting with DAV).
While 99% of the time, I don't think anyone really cares who sees what they=
're reading,=A0it occurred to me this is a violation of the Library Bill of=
Do the rest of you see it this way? What would you do if you're local libra=
ry decided to use this system?
Jan DaviesRetired Media SpecialistAshburn,

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