[bksvol-discuss] Re: my thoughts on the hold for issue

Well, according to Scott's numbers, there are thirteen hold fors older than three months. As of right now, there are 364 books on the check out page. So that equals 3.6 percent of the total number of books on the check out page. Also according to Scott's numbers, there are a total of 35 hold fors within the last three months; 31 of which are less than two months old, which equals 9.6 percent of the number of books on the check out page. So altogether, the total number of hold fors of any age comprises 13.2 percent of the total number of books on the check out page. (These figures do not include the hold for test books, which cannot be counted because they are not for books that will get into the collection.) Another way to put it is to notice that the total number of books being held for over three months, 13, is less than the number of books that have been held for less than one month, 17.


So it doesn't look to me as though the hold for is being abused, nor does it appear that it generally slows down the process of getting books into the collection. The vast majority of books, 86.8 percent, are not being held for anyone. (Once again, this does not include the hold for test books.)

Evan

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I think three months is plenty long to hold a book. For me this is about putting books in the collection. There are plenty of books to proofread; however, I worked at Iowa Dept. for the Blind coordinating proofreading for a while and proofreading educational materials; I saw some stuff that had been around for a really long time, and the book I just proofread had been around for a very long time; so holds just slow down the movement of books longer. Don't know anything else about the other places, like que, which I can't remember how to spell.

Cindy Lou

On Feb 18, 2011, at 7:08 AM, Melissa Smith wrote:

I think, in normal circumstances, 3 months is plenty long for a hold for. Personally, when I have a book I'm holding for someone, I contact the proofer to find out when they're ready for me to put it up. I put the book up when they are ready, and they download it within a day or so. However, I can see that life may get in the way at times, and then, contacting Carrie to extend the hold would be a nice option.
Though, in most cases 3 months should be plenty of time.

Melissa Smith

On 2/17/2011 8:58 PM, Jamie Prater wrote:
Hi, I'm not sure what the answer is. I know books need to move along and not clog up the list. I've seen the new volunteer materials clog up and linger on all lists, the checkout list, the in process list, and the awaiting approval list. If they get to that point, they need to go on ahead and download the materials and do something with them. I've seen lots of stuff stay in the approval queue and the in process queue, longer than they used to stay. I know people get backlogged, so is three months a reasonable answer, and if not, what is? I can't throw rocks at anybody since a couple of months ago, I let some things linger during a turbulent period of my life when life was too complicated to work on anything, and one book in particular almost stayed too long and I was glad it didn't overstay its welcome on the checkout list and I'm glad I didn't miss it as it was part of a series. I hope people who make up the huge influx of volunteers really intend on moving through and
volunteering and not letting materials stay in one spot and never following through. If everybody does, the possibilities will be limitless for all scanners and proofers and readers alike. I like the idea of books for new volunteers to practice on and build their confidence levels up before tackling real books. My first validation/proofing book was one I had read at least twice and was very familiar with and it had very little to correct, so I just eventually read manuals and learned by doing and part of the road was a bit bumpy and I made people mad who thought I wasn't willing to read the manual, but I was, I just had a job and a lot of other stuff going on. I'm sure we can come up with a workable solution and/or possible policy change.
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