Reciprocal Borrowers & eResources:
As a reminder, most eResource vendors are very strict about reciprocal borrowing. Non-resident library card users may use the electronic resources provided by your library because they pay a fee to do so, much like your regular patrons when they pay their taxes. Reciprocal borrowers do not pay a fee to use the items in your library, nor do they pay taxes that fund your library budget. Member libraries pay an annual fee to provide access to eResources such as the Cloud Library, Zinio and various databases for their patrons. Reciprocal borrowers are patrons of their home library and are not eligible to utilize these services, unless that library also subscribes to them. Per the SHARE Operational Guidelines, reciprocal borrowers should not be issued a pin.
Don’t forget, you can find many consortial eResource promotional items and training documents on the redesigned SHARE website. New this week:
- Cloud Library lending policies document (eResources > Promotional)
- Updated instructions for finding Cloud Library stats in Polaris (Training > eResources)
- Updated instructions regarding borrowing Cloud Library content from the catalog (Training > eResources)
Are your expired patrons still able to check out items from the Cloud Library? Does a patron who’s hit the fine limit at your library still have eBooks checked out? You may want to fill out the Patron Initiated Renewal Blocking Condtions form on the SHARE website. This will allow you to set conditions for how and when you want to block patrons from using the Cloud Library. Not sure if you’ve filled out this form or not? Submit a Help Desk Ticket and we’ll double check your settings for you.
SHARE Staff had a great time at the ILA conference in October. One of the nice things about attending professional conferences is that we get to see new eResources that members might be interested in. This year we’re looking into Beanstack Summer Reading, as one example, to see if it might be ideal for a group purchase. If you’ve attended a conference and want me to check into an eResource you saw – just send me the information and I’ll do some research!
- Let’s Talk about Databases – November 7, 1:00pm @ Chatham Area Public Library & via Zoom
- SHARE Chat: Circ & Resource Sharing – Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 pm via Adobe Connect