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

  • From: Melissa Smith <mdsmith25@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 07:08:33 -0600

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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