My job is pretty mindless. I get the books and audio-visual materials from the outdoor check-ins, place the item on the reader and then wait for the monitor to say "Please scan" and then "Please induct." l push the item forward to the conveyer belt. Sometimes I lose my rhythm and get ahead of myself and get an error message. Sometimes the book or CD is not from our library and I get another error message. And sometimes I get distracted by an appealing book jacket and the machine has to stop and wait for me.
But that is my reward for my work. This morning I came home with five books from the library. Two of them were previous requests; the other three were serendiptious finds as they passed through my hands through the process after which I quickly retrieved them from the bins.
Our library has been a source of much enjoyment in reading for me. I request books that are newly published or at other branches and there they are with my name on them waiting for me within a few days. Scanning and inducting is an opportunity for me to give back. Plus I get 2000 steps on my Fitbit walking back and forth--and I come home with some great finds.