I see that for requested items (e.g. items on the holds shelf), an entire piece of paper is wrapped around the book. I think this is incredibly wasteful, especially given that some people request items but end up not needing them, meaning that even more paper is wasted. I think it would be better to just include a receipt-sized piece of paper in the book with the student’s last name/ID digits. It would probably save you money, too.
Thank you for your suggestion regarding the paper used in processing holds placed on the Webster Public Holds Shelf. You express a valid concern and we appreciate your feedback regarding the sustainability of Concordia Libraries’ services.
Your suggestion was discussed at a recent meeting about circulation services, but for the time being it has been decided to maintain this process as is. There are a couple reasons for this:
– The sheets of paper, which include information to allow patrons to recognize their holds, are generated by the Library Management System (LMS) and there is at present not a lot of leeway for adjusting the formatting of the print-outs
– More importantly though, the paper is wrapped around the spine of books to make it hard for patrons to browse books others have placed on reserve. Because books are shelved in a public space, we believe this is important in order to maintain the self-service aspect of the public holds shelf.
Please know that we try to make sure that this paper is subsequently recycled or re-used as scrap paper. We will keep your comments in mind when the opportunity presents itself to review this service.
Andréa Harland, Chair, Circulation Services Committee