ATG Quirkies: Follow a book through the labyrinthine delivery system of the New York Public Library

Checkout this  New York Times post and follow “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” two and a half day odyssey as it finds its way through the New York Public Library BookOps system.

It seems that in order to test the limits of the system, Times reporter Emily S. Rueb requested that the Truman Capote classic “be sent to the Stapleton branch on Staten Island” one NYPL’s more remote outposts.  See how a dedicated staff, a fleet of trucks, and a complex algorithm combine to reach readers through out the New York metro area.

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P.S. Last year, 38,501,000 items (including renewals) were pumped through 150 library branches in the New York and Brooklyn Public Library systems via the BookOps system. 

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)


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