Hold Sequence change; October 1, 2012 implementation:
ACL, BAR, BLV, BER, BRD, CIA, CBR, COL, CSP, DCL, DEE, MAD, DFT, FCH, LAV, LDI, MAD, MCF, MCM, MAD, CEN, MAD, SEQ, HPB, SEQ, MAD, PIN, MEA, PIN, MAD, HAW, LAK, HAW, MAD, SMB, MSB, SMB, MAD, SEQ, HPB, PIN, MEA, HAW, LAK, CEN, MAD, MAR, MAZ, MID, MOO, MRO, MTH, NGL, NOF, ORE, PAR, PLA, POR, POY, PDS, MAD, REE, RKS, SKC, SGR, STO, SUN, VER, WAU, WID, WYO, SCA, SCL, MAD
Because this is being done as a trial with MPL to start, it is likely this will impact the size of each branch's Holds Queue Report. An increase in the size of the branch's Hold's Queue Report will be one of the indications that what is being tested is working. However, if there is too large of an increase and it is reported it is negatively impacting branches beyond what can handled, SCLS is will be able to return the sequence immediately back to how it currently exists.
The new sequence will have a hold request from an MPL patron be searched at all the MPL locations before searching other LINKcat libraries. The larger sequence change that is planned has this concept happening on a county by county level. For example, this means that a request of any patron of a Sauk County library will be searched to see if the item can be found at one of the Sauk County libraries before moving on in the sequence to search other LINKcat libraries. The analysis at this time is when this is further implemented throughout the system, increases in the size of the branch's Holds Queue Report will be alleviated from other libraries being grouped together like MPL.
Currently there are imbalances among LINKcat libraries in regards to which libraries are net lenders and which are net borrowers. It is a goal of the sequence changes to make sharing more equitable among LINKcat libraries. Also, it is hoped that the proposed sequence we are testing will also improve efficiencies at SCLS Delivery. For Madison locations, because of the frequency of service received from SCLS Delivery, if more requests from Madison patrons are found at Madison locations, the turnaround time will be faster and patrons will receive requested items even more quickly than they currently receive them.
Vicki Teal Lovely