[minervacirc] MinervaCirc Digest, Vol 87, Issue 3

Joanna M. Breen jbreen at bmpl.lib.me.us
Mon Apr 3 14:06:52 EDT 2017


I agree, we should make the service work because there's interest and  
a demographic it serves -- and the demographic is our future supporters!
Joanna
Boothbay Harbor
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>    1. Why we should keep SMS renewal (Moreno, Judith)
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> Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:15:27 +0000
> From: "Moreno, Judith" <jmoreno at cmcc.edu>
> Subject: [minervacirc] Why we should keep SMS renewal
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> Happy Friday Minervians,
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> The Circulation Standards Committee is recommending to the Minerva  
> Board that the SMS renewal functionality (renewing via text  
> messaging) be turned off.
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> I understand that some patrons are unhappy with this option because  
> it renews all items that are eligible to be renewed on their  
> account, and not just a single item. Some libraries give their  
> patrons the option of being able to renew their items as much as 7  
> days before they are due, and so patrons miss out on loan time if  
> they inadvertently renew using SMS.
>
> Our students and staff at Central Maine Community College do like  
> this option.  A lot.  Perhaps it is our demographic of twenty  
> somethings that do almost everything with their phones.  The fact  
> is, renewing by SMS is an added bonus, it's easy, and not one of our  
> patrons has complained that they inadvertently renewed some items  
> they didn't want to.  Our students avoid overdues using a feature  
> that is very 21st century.
>
> Granted, the SMS message one currently receives doesn't really  
> explain the process of renewing via SMS, but if this text were  
> changed, it certainly would help. Another opportunity to educate  
> patrons is when they opt into SMS messaging. Renewal functionality  
> could easily be explained on the opt in screen.  We hand out  
> bookmarks to our students when they check something out that  
> explains how to opt in and how renewals work.  The response is  
> almost always: "Cool!"
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> Let's keep being cool librarians, and not turn this off.
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> Best regards,
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> Judi
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> Judi Moreno
> Public Services Librarian
> Central Maine Community College
> Auburn, Maine 04210
> 755-5265
> jmoreno at cmcc.edu
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Joanna M. Breen, MSLIS
Assistant Director
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
4 Oak Street
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
207-633-3112
bmpl.lib.me.us
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