Superpatron Courtney Nash in Seattle writes this in the comments of a good post on Seattlest:
I don't know about power using, but it is inevitable that at least 3 books I want to read will come available all at the same time, with a minimum of 500 pages each. It cripples me.
I'd be overjoyed if the SPL system could juggle some form of Netflix queing, where I could say which items I'd like most, and how many I'd like to have at one time. If one I want isn't avail, but one later in the list is, go ahead and give me that one. But only give me 3 at a time no matter what, and keep the other holds "active" in the meantime. I'd be happy just with the option to control the number that get dumped on me at a given time, regardless of overall preference, since that preference order could be hard to do with the library's limited inventory (versus what NetFlix has to work with).
I always forget to go in and check where things are in my hold list, to delay items that might clobber me all at once--that's the only mechanism I know to prevent too many items getting dumped on me simultaneously, but it is tricky because your position in the queue is only a rough estimate for when you'll actually get that item.
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