We're taking a bit of a breather while the world rearranges its underpants. Meanwhile, the other blog is here.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Ruby lips and eyes of pink

If you're managing a service or a process it always helps if you have some sort of grasp of the concept of cause and effect. In no particular order...

  • We don't have anybody available to deal with donated items as both the cataloguing and stock management posts are vacant.

  • Policy is still to accept donations as to do other might upset customers. Policy is that items may be put into stock if deemed suitable or else will be put into the booksale.

  • With libraries being closed for refurbishment or being emptied prior to moving to new premises there is no storage space anywhere in the borough.

  • With the huge backlog of unclassified non-fiction and boxes of stock for the attention of the non-existant stock manager there's no room at headquarters.

  • We need to withdraw about 60,000 items from stock to meet the public library standards in 2006/7, though T.Aldous is going around branches telling staff that they can't do any stock editing as it should be done by the non-existant stock manager.

  • A hard core of about twenty boxes of books have been in every booksale in libraries across the borough in the past three years.

  • Somebody who will remain nameless ordered a pile of furniture to spend up last year's budget and still hasn't decided where any of it's going.

A few members of staff have asked if we could stop taking donations for now so as not to add to the pile. Management group might discuss the idea if they get the time, if they get round to meeting, but until then it's business as usual.

"We'll have to do something about all these boxes that are cluttering up the libraries, they look a right mess. What would somebody think if they saw it all?"

asks our fearless leader.

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