By Constance Battaile

In a library, flow is the method of lending books to debtors and safely reshelving them once they were lower back so they may be retrievable by way of the following consumer. This uncomplicated cycle has many embellishments and sub-cycles connected to it, corresponding to these for overdues and holds, the record-keeping approach, and the reserve publication operation. those sub-cycles fluctuate from library to library, however the uncomplicated cycle is still a similar in each library that permits consumers to take away books. Connie Battaile presents a close quantity written for these new to the stream division of small educational libraries. the writer provides no longer the definitive solution to run a move division, yet particularly she presents numerous attainable equipment. as the movement division is the most public touch aspect, many library "housekeeping" chores are assigned to it. back, those extra tasks range from library to library, however the writer offers a variety of tactics. The actual atmosphere of the dep. and the stacks, the workers, potent communications, and scheduling are lined in complete element.

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This page intentionally left blank 3 Circulation Policies The policies that a circulation department follows determine its basic activities. All the questions of what categories of patrons there are and how they are defined, what each category of patron may borrow, and what happens if an item is not returned are answered by the department policies. The policies are usually set forth in a policies manual. Any changes to policies will normally require action by some group beyond the circulation department.

The problems with this system are that the covers are expensive, that they take up significant amounts of room in the card trays, and that they are awkward and time consuming to put on and take off when dealing with large numbers of items. There is also an edge-notched card system available in which cards are 36 The Circulation Process filed by call number but can be sorted out by due date with a knitting needle. ) cards for each item, one filed by call number and the other by date (or name, if that is more important, as it may be for keeping track of faculty borrowers).

This process includes the cycle an item makesfromshelf to borrower and back to shelf, plus the adjunct record-keeping systems. The entire process is based on policies that the library has adopted concerning who may borrow what, for how long, and what happens if the item is not returned. In the following chapters circulation policies are discussed first, followed by a discussion of record-keeping systems and then a chapter on the actual circulation cycle. This is followed by a chapter about automating the circulation cycle.

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