Scott, You mentioned:
Currently there are only twelve titles designated with the hold for request on step one. This is out of 430 some odd books, or approximately 3 in every 100 titles.
Also, I think it's important to consider the alternative of hold for, that being no designation. My strong belief is that the overall quality of the collection would dip, possibly a good deal, if the hold were removed. In other words, I maintain that there are enough bad validators out there who are presently prevented from accessing hold for titles, to easily justify the hold for representation.
hold for has greatly helped quality control.
In the above you mention a figure of 3% (those that have hold for) as greatly enhancing the quality of recent submissions. I'm afraid I don't neceassarily see any cause and effect here. Yes submissions are getting better, coincidently so are OCR and scanner technology. You can't have it both ways, by trivializing the number with hold for in the title, and then claiming a major impact in the quality of the collection by its use.
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