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Ron and I first heard the reason for NOT shelving reference books when we were at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to Family Tree Magazine it is one of the "9 Genealogy Libraries to Visit Before You Die". But that is a post for another time.

We were grateful to have the time to peruse the collections for 2 days in a row. We were also feeling guilty about all the reference books we were pulling off the shelves to search for family histories. I mentioned this to the librarian who had come to our table time and again. She assured me that it would not help the library if we re-shelved the books. Along with ensuring everything gets put back in the right spot, she was noting the number of reference books used each day to identify the volume of use at the library. That statistic was used to gain financial support for the library and its continued existence as a vibrant resource for genealogists.

After that, we did not feel as guilty about all the work we were imposing on her. Additionally, due to our conversations we found out that she was an enthusiastic and willing resource for what references could help us in our searches.

This blog post called The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Reshelve Genealogy Books reminded me of that experience in Indiana last June.

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