SHELF READING 101 for Library Student Aides
Shelf reading involves reading each call number to ensure that the books have been properly shelved. Patrons often place books back on the shelves without knowing exactly how to shelve books.
I realize that at some time a library worker may accidentally shelve a book in the wrong place also. It is easy to lose focus and make mistakes. But a book that is misshelved is a LOST book.
When shelf reading, it is always important to move left to right and then go down left to right.
Shelf reading can take a while. Again, you must look at each call number. It is important to take your time and be accurate. Do not rush through quickly and make mistakes.
If you find a book that is misshelved as you are SHELF READING, it is best to shelve it in its proper location at that time.
Edging books is a simple part of checking your shelves also. The tall shelves in the library have books on the very top shelf. Edging is simply pulling the books close to the front edge of the shelf.
Sometimes they have simply been moved back by browsing but to ensure that they are easily accessible we need to "edge" them so the books can be clearly seen from standing on the floor in the library.
There should be sufficient room on each shelf to accommodate the end brace and a little extra space for book re-shelving. Sometimes a shelf looks almost empty. This can be because many books from that shelf were checked out that day. Remember not to crowd shelves or cram the books in when shelving books.
Go through this PowerPoint.