This is why college libraries are dying. A professor checked out more books than the library stuff thinks is appropriate and drama ensued:
Reakes said that the excessive amount of books that were checked out had led to hours of wasted staff time and confusion.
“Keeping track of that many books, along with the recalls by other patrons, became unwieldy,” said Reakes. “Both the patron and our circulation staff were wasting a lot of time searching for books that hadn’t ever been returned, etc.”
My favorite part is “wasted time.” Librarians’ time is wasted by keeping track of books. They could be curing cancer instead!
Of course, it’s all baloney because nobody “keeps track” of books manually. It’s all automated, and the system doesn’t care if books are distributed among 2 or 1,002 patrons and in which proportions.
But the pouty librarians will definitely see their jobs automated away soon.