Category Archives: Complaints

Posts about things that should be fixed

Visible Misdirection Two-step

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Looking for a book on Go, get a reference to 794.2 C435g. Since I’m on the first floor and I recall that the 800s are there, I walk over, and the sign on the end of the bookshelf loudly says

600 – 899

So I’m there, right? Wrong. I turn the corner and see a book 808 in what ought to be a wrong place. I then step back to the start of the shelf and see low 600s. So I scan to where 700 should be and I finally see a divider (a binder) with the label

700 – 799 on 5th floor

Well, (don’t) thank the shelf-end label. It obviously should have read

600 – 699
800 – 899
700 – 799 on 5th floor

because the shelf did not contain “600-899”, as anyone reading that label would infer. The shelf-end label was a misdirection. It is trivially easily correctable.

Recovering from the 2015-2017 mass discard of titles

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Presuming the titles & info were kept, of those things discarded for the “open space” project, then even if the same objects cannot be retrieved, replacement copies should be requested, yes at the library’s expense (thus revealing it was a COSTLY mistake), of as many titles as the public indicates wanting back, so Studs Terkel’s autobiography, for just one example, must be restored to the collection.