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Multnomah Library in Portland, OR Shocked by Losses February 19, 2007

Posted by Jennifer Parsons in Library Stuff.

From the Library Journal: Portland Library Stunned by Losses

Apparently, a library known for its widespread and prolific circulation finds that it’s suffering a very bad loss problem.  From the article:

“[A]ccording to an in-house study, six percent of its 1.7 million items have not been returned after being borrowed, and another six percent are just not in the system…

“While county officials said more oversight was needed, no one was clear on whether Multnomah’s record is truly disturbing, since comparable statistics are scarce.” [emphasis added]

I find it rather disturbing that no one’s used our shiny new technologies to start indexing things like losses until now.  I wonder if something like this will encourage libraries to circle the wagons and start drawing up numbers about losses in their own library.   And, if so, what policies do you think will result?



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