Archive for August, 2008

In-House Use

Hello everyone! I’m finally putting something on here for the first time in a couple of weeks. This will not happen very often but with inventory and such it has been a little crazy trying to find time to post. Anyway, starting Tuesday, September 2 we will start logging in-house use for all the buildings. Each building has been given a sheet with barcodes on it with different newspapers listed. Use this to scan the different barcodes when someone uses that particular newspaper. Also, someone will need to periodically go through the stacks to collect books that patrons have used and scan them in under in-house use. They will then need to be re-shelved. Signs will be put up asking patrons to place used material on carts set aside for this. It may take some time for patrons to get used to this so try and help them in this matter.

As for how to log in-house, click on circulation, then click on log in-house use. Scan the books then press the log queued records. This will place them under in-house use. That’s pretty much it. It is that simple. This is an important item we are adding to our stats. It will definitely help make our stats better and give us a clearer understanding of what is being used even when it is not checked out. Thanks.

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8.8.08 Meeting Minutes

Here are the topics discussed in our meeting this morning for the Main Branch.

  • Please be sure to count as many questions as you can during the day. Come up with your system for keeping track of the questions or count them on the counters on the desk. These are very important to our stats. As Betty said, we need to change the way we think about the reason behind keeping up with these stats.
  • Remember to place reserves right away. When you get a call or someone comes to the front desk to reserve material put the reserve on then. We have had a couple of instances where this did not take place and patrons were not happy when there reserve never came in.
  • The phone needs to be answered as soon as possible. Try to not let it ring more than three times.
  • Help watch desk at all times even when out in stacks and on reference desk.
  • Check plugs for security system every night before closing and throughout day to be sure they are plugged in.
  • On the holdings shelf each person will be given a file holder, that needs to be checked everyday, with information they or other people have put in it.
  • The top shelf of the wire basket cart in my office is for anything that needs Liz’s attention and the bottom shelf is for item that need to be deleted, changed or fixed. Please be sure to notation on the material as to what needs to be done.