During the Aug. 20 #LibChat, moderator Natalie Binder asked what important ergonomic tips librarians most overlook. I responded that check-out activities are done from standing-height at my public library. Staff and patrons are required to stand during check-out transactions.
The expectation of standing places a job applicant at a disadvantage if she finds sustained standing to be difficult. I asked that libraries be open to sit-lean stools so library staff who find it difficult to stand can still work at standing height.
I further asked that libraries find a way for patrons who can’t wait standing, to still have a way for their turn in line to come up. For that matter, library staff could work either sitting or standing at a counter placed at seated-height, and it would accommodate patrons for whom standing-height transactions are simply not an option.
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal