Three lists

Sometime in the last year or so, the Ottawa Public Library replaced or upgraded its online catalogue, Lirico. The new one is a giant improvement over the old, not only because it supports the library lookup bookmarklet but also because it has a lot of useful features to do with managing requests — you can make and check the status of your requests online, and delay them for up to a year without losing your place in line, and so on.

Since I have a list of around a hundred books in my to-read list, I don’t open requests for all of them at once. Instead, I use the “My List” feature that lets you maintain lists of catalogue entries without requesting them. It was getting a bit difficult to find books in there, though, so I decided to use a related feature that lets you create multiple lists to sort them by subject area. That way I could keep one title each from a bunch of subject areas on request, and then when those requests were filled, grab another.

This worked well for the first few lists. And then:

Lirico error

Oooookay. I can store as many books as I like on my three lists, but a fourth list is apparently out of the question. I know that it’s a given that online catalogues are brain-dead software — think “enterprise software” without the incentive of profit — but I can’t begin to imagine why they’d think it was a good idea to limit users to THREE LISTS. If you’re going to do that, and not, say, 63 or 255 or unlimited lists, why bother implementing multiple lists at all?

Luckily, My Opinion Counts! so I think I’m going to tell them my opinion of limiting me to three lists now.

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