Many KLAS libraries are already wrestling with (or soon will be) the challenges of reduced space to house their collections and / or less circulation and support staff. With these issues and other in mind, we designed KLAS' Patron Centric Cartridge functionality to provide library staff with the ability to quickly select and reproduce a specific set of books onto a cartridge for a specific patron.
While this works well for many libraries, we know this is not the best option for ALL organizations.
In our discussions at Keystone, we have identified at least three different duplication on-demand workflow scenarios including two patron-centric and one title-centric:
- A single cartridge tied to a single patron which is reloaded with books for that patron each time it is returned.
- Cartridges that are loaded with titles based on a single patron's preferences but are not tied to one in particular. Rather, whichever cartridge is available at the time is loaded with the patron's books.
- Cartridges loaded according to inventory (Examples: The Harry Potter Series, Nonfiction titles added in the last 30 days, 1 year of Southern Living)
Some questions we have as we prepare to move forward with providing additional duplication-on-demand functionality within KLAS are:
- Do any of these options appeal to your organization and how it operates more than another?
- What considerations do you think need to be made for each?
- What specific challenges and / or benefits do you think you may see from operating under each?
Please share your answers / thoughts / feedback on the "Duplication on Demand: What works best for you?" klausers.com discussion forum thread.