[minervacirc] [MinervaCats] Can we stop the Downton-ageddon???

Ulla Messerschmidt umesserschmidt at thomas.lib.me.us
Mon Feb 3 11:38:14 EST 2014


Attn.: bfl, bml, cml, edl, lit, mca, opl, swh, tho, wlk, wpl, ypl

I just added our copy and there are still 24 bib level holds that need to
be moved to item level holds . The patrons might otherwise risk to get one
of Norway's discs out of order.

Ulla


On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM, Joshua Tiffany <jtiffany at gray.lib.me.us>wrote:

> Greetings all,
>
>
>
> Since Tuesday will be the eagerly anticipated release of season 4 of
> Downton Abbey, I was wondering if it might be nice to consider some options
> other than business as usual for this item.
>
>
>
> As it stands now, one library has a live copy in circulation and another
> has one on order.  As of this writing, there are currently 48 individuals
> with a bib-level hold on the item.  According to cataloging standards,
> since the item has multiple discs the volume field is to be used to
> identify complete set or individual discs.  Which means that those 48
> people already waiting in line have no idea if they are going to get the
> complete set or individual discs.  Plus once more libraries go active with
> their copies and more individuals place holds, a person sitting at home
> will be guided to select an individual item and be led to believe that they
> are second or third in line for a copy, as opposed to 50th.
> Additionally, libraries that are quick to process their item will start to
> bear the burden of those eager to get the item.
>
>
>
> I realize that this topic is part of a larger issue being kicked around
> the collective brain, but since this issue is hitting us on Tuesday, I was
> hoping that we might come to some consensus to deal with the situation that
> best serves the patrons seeking this series.  Any variation from standing
> rules would apply in this one isolated instance and would in no way be
> construed to reflect new policy.
>
>
>
> I would suggest either the establishment of two bib-records - one for
> complete sets where the volume field is not used, and one for split up sets
> where the volume field reflects the individual disc.  Or having all
> libraries circulate the item as a whole for at least as long as there is
> popular demand and there exists a long waiting line for the item.
>
>
>
> If not, we will do what we always do and fumble through the best we can.
>
>
>
> Thank you for your kind attentions,
>
>
>
> Josh
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>
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> Joshua Tiffany, MLIS
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> Town of Gray-Library Director
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> 207-657-4110
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> 207-657-4138 Fax
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> http://www.gray.lib.me.us/
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Ulla Messerschmidt
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Thomas Memorial Library
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