Shirley Johnston
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  • Anchorage, AK
  • United States
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Improvements for self-check out library
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I am the sole librarian for my church's small (>1500 volumes) library.  Currently, the library is housed in a large common-area room with no way to control access.  We use the honor system for…Continue

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Started this Q&A. Last reply by Paul Adams on Tuesday.

 

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Paul Adams replied to the discussion 'Improvements for self-check out library'
"That sounds like a good policy. We usually wait too as long as possible(sometimes a year or more) in hope that it will return unless it is in big demand at the time and we have to go on and rebuy. "
Tuesday
Jenn Burwell replied to the discussion 'Improvements for self-check out library'
"Paul, I agree to "not returning it there may be another individual or even a line of people waiting to gain benefit from that title too that are prevented from doing so because someone else will not follow the library guidelines". Our…"
Tuesday
Paul Adams replied to the discussion 'Improvements for self-check out library'
"Jenn, that is a good way to look at the non return of items in that perhaps something helpful to someone will come of it and I hope that happens. Of course there are other ramifications too. While this patron is holding on to a title and not…"
Tuesday
Shirley Johnston replied to the discussion 'Improvements for self-check out library'
"Jean, that is a wonderful way to look at the issue.  Now that you mention it, I had a similar discussion with myself when I first got involved in the library.  I guess I got a little more possessive after I spent so many hours getting…"
Mar 16
Shirley Johnston replied to the discussion 'Improvements for self-check out library'
"Paul, thanks for your response and encouraging words.  I can't say I'm glad to hear that a fully automated and staffed library suffers from many of the same problems that we have in our little library, but it does help me to realize…"
Mar 16
Jenn Burwell replied to the discussion 'Improvements for self-check out library'
"Over the many years of working in libraries and bookstores, I understand that you wont your materials returned.  I have come to think of it more as a ministry to their hearts.  If they keep the book/movie, etc., perhaps they will reuse it…"
Mar 16
Paul Adams replied to the discussion 'Improvements for self-check out library'
"Patrons not returning borrowed materials is a problem in libraries of all sizes. We are fully automated and staffed. When people check out materials we have names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses. etc . and if they don't want or care…"
Mar 14
Shirley Johnston posted a discussion

Improvements for self-check out library

I am the sole librarian for my church's small (>1500 volumes) library.  Currently, the library is housed in a large common-area room with no way to control access.  We use the honor system for checkout, with a card in each book for people to drop in a secure box when they check out. There is a high rate of late/no returns.  Today, I went into the library to find that the book cards had been removed from several shelves of books and are nowhere to be found.  Needless to say, I am discouraged…See More
Mar 8
Shirley Johnston replied to the discussion 'How to treat & label fiction books containing a story collection?'
"Good question, Linda.  As a totally untrained librarian in a small church, I am trying to catalog and label the books in my church's library.  I rely a lot on worldcat.org to see how other libraries have handled various titles.…"
Mar 29, 2018

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At 12:21pm on March 31, 2017, Eva Nell Hunter said…

Shirley, welcome to this church librarians website.  I'm sure you will find it very helpful as questions are posed and answers are given from the experience of other librarians.  Anchorage is a lovely place and you have such a delightful place to minister to others through your library.  We are happy to have you join us.

 
 
 

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