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Another two weeks of amazing shelving! Treats are here today to celebrate. Keep up the super work! This is a great way to start off the semester. I hope the momentum lasts.

Operation Enduring Liberty is off to an excellent start this semester. From September 1 to September 16, 30 items were checked and all 30 were found in the correct location. Congrats to all with the hard work. Treats will be brought in sometime this week as a reward for our two weeks without errors.

Today starts another two week period to go for the next round of treats. Lets keep up the fantastic work. The more items shelved correctly means less errors in the stacks and Get It items are easier to find, patrons can find what they need, and shelf reading is easier to do.

If anyone has any questions about this, please talk to a supervisor.

Just a reminder to everyone that random shelf checks are still being done. I hope that we will get to a point where we can have two weeks after two weeks correct and endless rewards to all. Over the summer we have had 3 two week sessions with no errors. That is awesome! After each two week period of no errors however there were a few days of errors and I am trying to figure out why. The errors I find are missed decimals, QA in the QB, item after or before already out of order and not caught, items just flip-flopped on the shelf for the next item. These seem to be simple errors that should be caught if one is going slow and paying attention. Please take your time in shelving to make sure the items are correctly shelved. If you have any questions, please let a supervisor know.

This book truck was found on Level F last week. When doing Pick Up, please make sure that all items are shelved and counted. If you do not have time to shelve everything in the Pick Up hour, please bring the items back to the desk area, so they can be shelved later that day. We also need to know this so the schedule can be adjusted if needed. After Pick Up is done, there should not be any items left on tables or book trucks. If you have any questions, please talk to a supervisor. Thank you.


Keep up the fantastic work! Time for another treat/prize this week. Stay tuned for more details.

Its time to party! We have made it another two weeks with no shelving errors! From 7/11 to 7/22 35 items were checked and all 35 items were found in place. Treats will be provided this week to reward the fantastic work. Keep up the awesome shelving.

Remember, treats will be provided for every two week time period that we are free of shelving errors. We are now starting a new two week session. Lets keep up the work, so we can get treats again in two weeks.

We almost made it another two weeks without any errors, but with the shelving from Wednesday and Thursday there was an error on each day. We were so close to getting treats again for our perfect two weeks. Everyone has to stay motivated and on track.

Here are the two errors that I found.
Item in front: QA76.9 .L638 B73 2007
Item Checked: QA76.9 .N38 B25 2011
Item After: QA76.9 .N38 I558 2008
Next Item: QA76.9 .M3 A87x 1971
Item was shelved in the .Ms

Item in front: QA76.73 .C15 S57 1990
Item Checked: QA76.73 .C153 S654 1999
Item After: QA76.73 .C15 S7349
The 3 was missed in the .C153.

If anyone has questions on shelving, please talk to a supervisor.

Great news! We are one week away from treats! Keep up the amazing work and next Friday we will have treats.

I wanted to give an update on how Operation Enduring Liberty is going. Since May 16, when we started counting the 2 week period, we have only had 2 days that have been free from mistakes. Each time mistakes are found, the count for 2 weeks is started over again.

The type of mistakes that I am finding are simple errors that make me believe that shelving is going too fast or your mind is on something else. When you are shelving, go slow enough to make sure that the item is in the correct location and take a quick scan over the shelf to make sure that everything is in correct call number order. I would rather have you go slow and make sure that items are in the correct call number order than go fast and make errors. When items are shelved in the correct location, patrons can find them, we will have less search requests for items, and when you page items you will be able to find them in the correct location.

Here are a few examples of some of the mistakes I have found. If you have questions, please talk to a supervisor. Going over LCEasy again can help to if you have questions.

Item in front: QC173.4 .C74 M3
Item Checked: QC173.4 .M48 P76 2003
Item behind: 173.4 .C74 N38 1983
In this case the .C74 was missed on the items in front and behind. I found the .M in the .C

Item in front: Q143 .H5 H48
Item Checked: Q143 .H5 H47 1993
Items should have been flip flopped. Item checked was one off.

Item in front: QE28.2 .V58
Item Checked: QE28.3 .W53 1989
Item behind: QE28.3 .W53 2000 end of shelf
Next Item: QE28.3 .C65 1997 New shelf
In this case, it shows how important it is to look at the start of the next row. The 2000 copy may have been mis-shelved already, but scanning the shelves to double check would have caught this error.


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