Calling all detective story aficionados! Do you remember those tales that center on a hidden drawer, stuffed with love letters just ripe for blackmailing? Or the secret panel, containing arsenic or other incriminating matter?

Ngaio Marsh’s Death in a white tie features a hidden drawer, and there’s a cunningly concealed panel in Strong poison, by Dorothy L. Sayers. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also gives us a secret compartment in A scandal in Bohemia, and there’s a hidden nook in Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House. The list goes on…but did you know that our own Clio-in-the-Cloud also boasts a hidden flap?

Fortunately you don’t need to be Roderick Alleyn, Lord Peter Wimsey, Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot to find the Hidden Flap. If you’re in a record in Clio, simply click either anywhere in the gray area in the top panel, or on the little plus sign (labeled “More…” on the right-hand side). And, presto, the hidden flap is revealed!

This area of Clio is quite interesting, and can provide the canny interlibrary loan person with a lot of clues about a request. Here we can find who is lending an item, when they shipped it, and when it is due back. Often you can also discover the lender’s address, whether you incurred any fees during the loan, and if there are any lending restrictions (such as no renewals allowed).

To slide the hidden flap closed, simply click again on the gray area, or on the “Hide…” sign on the right, once again keeping Clio’s secrets safe…


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