Monday, January 11, 2010
Love those self-service reserved book shelves at the Madison Public Library
I received an email telling me that another book from my Christmas wish list of reserved books -- Louisa Gilder's the "Age of Entanglement" -- was waiting for me at Sequoya. The Madison Public Library has long had a great reserved book system. Among other things, the system draws on the entire South Central Library System for books. As you can see, this volume came from Mt. Horeb.
It's now easier and more convenient than ever. You used to have to stand in line at the check-out counter and then wait while a librarian or assistant who probably had something better to do went through their shelved reserved books to come up with yours. No biggie, but it could take a bit of time. Now they're shelved in the open and you can check them out yourself at the self-service checkout. Since library records are confidential, the names of patrons are not on the books. You find your book by the little colored slips holding some of the initials of your first and last name and your middle initial. Seems a "good enough' approach to privacy.
I was in and out of Sequoya in just over one minute flat. Cool.