In one way or another, we all attempt to drown our sorrows, and some of us may appeal to shelves of books to vindicate us and comfort us. As Shakespeare writes: “Come and take choice of all my library and so beguile thy sorrow.” We, as the academic library staff servicing our patrons, will often steer students clear from the academic grief which arises from the well-known disease of procrastination or neglectfulness. The broader aspect of servicing patrons, however, lies upon our knowledge and familiarity of the library resources and services. It would be appropriate to go so far as to say that our reputation of excellence customer service depends on this knowledge.
I have learned quite a bit working as a library assistant, including several useful tips for book enthusiasts. Interestingly, the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes at libraries (and other book related institutions) is astounding. When we check out books, we do not consider the amount of care it takes to process and care for thousands if not millions of books every year. Hours can be spent on laborious repairs which take merely seconds to undo. Caring for library books is an important aspect of being a patron and utilizing public property. The following tips can also be very useful for the usability and prolongation of the lifespan of your personal and loaned books.