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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Who puts away all the returned materials...??

Dear Circ,

I was in last Sunday, and I was looking for a book that I couldn't find. There was this fellow with a name tag, so I asked him for help, and lo and behold, he found my book. His sleuthing skills were remarkable.  But who was this mysterious fellow, and what does he do? I never see him at any of the desks, just out with materials.

Darwin D. Techt 


Dear Darwin,

That mysterious fellow was one of our four clever, sharp-eyed, and hardworking pages. They are employees of the library, and their job is to keep order. Without them, we'd be just as lost as as the library materials.

Our pages put away items that are returned, they "shelf read", looking for items that are out of place, they work on special projects when groups of items are moved, they do "weeding," that is looking for materials that are either going to be cataloged and shelved differently, or should be withdrawn from the library collections, and they do special searches for items that we are looking for that we fear may be misplaced. They crawl on the floor, and reach to the top shelves. They know the library inside and out. Each week they put away an average of  3000 items, and are responsible for maintaining the organization of over 110,000 items.

Some of us think they have the most demanding job in the library.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours, although some readers think he can be puzzling, and some readers think he can be enlightening! The person above is a famous and prolific author. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author.  Right click the photo to see an enlargement.  For more information, go here, and here.  For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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