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Re: ? wording on shelf dummies -- 2 messages Stephen D. Clark 24 Jul 2000 19:17 UTC

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: ? wording on shelf dummies -- Steve Black
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 11:49:48 -0500
From: Marcie Landeros <mlandero@HARPER.CC.IL.US>

Our shelf dummies are wooden blocks approximately 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
or 9
inches x 6 inches. They are 1 inch thick. We have a label on the side,
which states:

Business Week
This title begins on Microfilm 1939-1968
Business Week
This title continues on Microfilm Jan. 1965-
Business Week
This title shelved in Legal Reference

We've had no trouble with the labels being removed and a new label can
easily placed over the old label.

Since the dummies are wood, we've not yet had problems with people
to read them and we've never once had problems with shredding.

We would put on the spine of the book dummy:


vols. or years


Shelved in

Microform Room

Spine label-w/call no.

The only problem we had was the shelvers turning the book dummies into
supervisor and they in turn giving them to us because they didn't know
they were on the shelf.  In the end the circulation superviser  took
all off the shelf because they just didn't understand the concept.

At 12:13 PM 7/24/00 -0400, you wrote:
>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject: ? wording on shelf dummies
>Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 12:02:38 -0400
>From: Steve Black <>
>   We are about to replace some of our shelf dummies.  These point
>patrons to
>microfilm for individual missing journal volumes.  Despite what I
>was clear wording, we've had some people shred dummies apart.
>some patrons think that the journal is in there, if they could only get
>that tape off.  I hope the new ones will be more obvious, since the guts
>made of styrofoam (light reading?).
>   What wording do you use on your shelf dummies?  I'd like to see the
>wording you use, especially if you've hit on something that clearly gets
>message across.
>Thanks in advance,
>Steve Black
>Reference,Instruction, and Serials Librarian
>Neil Hellman Library
>The College of Saint Rose
>392 Western Avenue
>Albany, NY 12203
>(518) 458-5494