Description: Replace the current library specific property stamp on the top edge of books with a stamp that says www.lclscatalog.org.
Reasons for Change:
1. The current stamps are redundant because the library name already appears on the inside label and the barcode and is indicated by the color stickers on the spine.
2. This change will further standardize Tech Services processing thereby increasing efficiency.
3. This change will make transfers less messy (i.e.; no need to black-out stamps).
4. The stamp will promote the library catalog.
Description: Addition of a new Item Type: DVDF-NR. This Item Type would be assigned to copies of feature DVD's if the library decided the copy in question should not be holdable. This would be comparable to the NEWBOOK Item Type. As with books, the library would be required to buy one holdable copy of the title before being able to make a second copy non-holdable.
1. Allows the library to maintain a browsing collection of feature DVD's.
1. Additional Item Types require modifications to the Circulation Map in Sirsi.
2. Additional Item Types add complexity to ordering and receiving procedures.
Description: Gift Acceptance Guidelines
Description: This change is intended to accommodate the current popularity of graphic novels and graphical non-fiction works. The call numbers for these items will now be constructed as in the following examples:
GRAPHIC MYS JONES
JUV GRAPHIC 945.5
GRAPHIC SCI/FI SMITH
Description: Currently, the cutter for juvenile series titles (e.g; Nancy Drew, Dora the Explorer etc.) is culled from the Main Entry. (Usually, the author that appears in MARC tag 100.) This can be a problem because a series may have several different authors. This makes it difficult to shelve titles in a given series together. In this proposed change, libraries can specify, at the time of ordering, whether they want the cutter to be taken from the Main Entry or from one of the series tags. (Preferably, 830 if it exists.)
Details: When a library creates an order for a series, the naming convention for the Purchase Order / Cart number will contain “SE.” This tells Tech Services to look in the 830 tag or, if it does not exist, the 490 tag for the cutter. If a Purchase Order / Cart number does not contain SE, the cutter will be taken from the 100 (author) tag. Sample Purchase Order / Cart Number: ABSE081407BT
Example: Under normal conditions, the cutter for Dora’s Journey to Fairyland would be constructed as follows:
If a library directs Tech Services to take the cutter from the Series tag, it would be constructed as follows:
1. Allows libraries to shelves juvenile series titles together or to interfile them with the juvenile fiction collection depending upon local needs.
2. Libraries are not forced to agree on where to place these series.
3. Cataloging standards are maintained.
4. Tech Services is not forced to keep detailed records on how each series should be handled for each library.
1. Juvenile series titles cannot be mixed in carts with non-series titles. They must be ordered separately.
IMPORTANT: In order to maintain cataloging standards, we will only use the Series name established in tags 830 or 490. We will not accommodate “made up” series names. Example: A library decides to order a title that is part of a SpongeBob SquarePants series and does not want the cutter to denote the author. However, the library director’s favorite SpongeBob character is Plankton and requests that the call number be constructed as JUV PLANKTO instead of JUV SPONGEB. We could not accommodate such a request.
Ordering Items for a Series
When ordering, items intended for series placement must be placed in separate carts from non-series items. The naming convention for the Purchase Order / Cart number must contain “SE.” For example: ABSE081407BT
When cataloging items in “SE” carts, the following tags will be consulted in this order; 800, 830, 440, 490
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the 800 tag is present, this indicates that all titles in the series were written by the same author and therefore the author’s last name will appear in the cutter and not the series name. This should not be a problem since all of the titles in the series will have the same cutter and can therefore still be shelved together.
Description: In this proposed change, “readers” (i.e.; books specifically intended for beginning readers in which the reading level is clearly indicated) that are non-fiction would have their call numbers constructed as in the following example:
JUV READER 650.14 CURTIS
Currently, non-fiction readers at Levels 1 and 2 are not assigned a Dewey number. Readers at Level 3 or higher are classified with a Dewey number, but carry a Collection Code of JUV. There is nothing in the Call Number to indicate that the item is a reader.
1. This change will give libraries complete flexibility in terms of shelving non-fiction readers. Libraries who wish to may shelve them in a section specifically designated for readers. Another library may opt to interfile them with their juvenile non-fiction.
2. Call number assignment for juvenile readers will be consistent across all reading levels.
Currently, no provision is made for talking books on CD in MP3 format. These are becoming more common. Patrons who have a compatible player like them because an entire talking book can fit on one CD. We propose that they be treated like normal talking books on CD with two exceptions:
1. A label will be applied to the outside packaging that says the following: “Warning! MP3 format only!”
2. The following addendum will be added to the call number: (MP3). For example: TALKING BOOK JONES (MP3)
NOTE: Libraries can still opt not to purchase talking books in this format.
This change has been implemented with one alteration from the original recommendation: Albright has requested that we accommodate security strips somewhere on the case. For Albright only, security strips will be affixed to the back of the cover so patrons will not be able to easily notice them.
We have received complaints that DVDs from LCLS libraries do not play properly on some DVD players. Our research has revealed that some newer DVD players, due to their faster spin rate, may not react well to extra materials fastened to DVDs like security strips and barcodes. Therefore, we propose the following change:
1. We will no longer place security strips on DVDs. (This change would affect Albright materials only.)
2. The barcode will be placed inside of the case instead of on the DVD itself. It will be placed on the upper right-hand corner of the right side (where, in a single DVD set, the DVD itself is mounted). See photo.
NOTE: Unfortunately, we cannot change the barcode placement on pre-existing materials.
As you may know, Tech Services no longer sends copies of bills to libraries / departments. Instead, we scan the bills and make them available on our web site:
They can be found under Miscellaneous / Bills.
We have been asked about how long the bills will be retained on the web site. Retaining them for too long will use up server space unnecessarily and make it more difficult to locate individual bills. Therefore, we propose that bills be removed automatically 180 days after posting. Please note that the original copies of the bills will be maintained at Scranton for auditing purposes and will be available upon request.
Two years ago the following policy regarding DVD / Blu-Ray Combos was established:
Blu-Ray / DVD Combos will be cataloged, per cataloging rules, under their own title record as opposed to a title records for existing Blu-Ray only or DVD only copies. The Blu-Ray and DVD will be physically separated and both will receive a non-holdable / 7 day loan period designation. The Blu-Ray copy will retain its original packaging. The DVD copy will be placed in a separate case, labeled, and shipped to the ordering library with the Blu-Ray copy. The ordering library is responsible for supplying artwork / liner notes for the DVD copy. Tech Services will only provide the case and affix the labels.
We would like to change the policy to the following:
With Blu-Ray / DVD Combos, the Blu-Ray and DVD will now be cataloged under separate title records. If a record already exists for the title and the content of the existing title is the same, as determined by Technical Services, as the content found in the combo item, the combo DVD or Blu-Ray will be added to the existing DVD or Blu-Ray record. If a record does not exist for the title or if the item in the combo contains content that is significantly different from the existing title, a separate title record for the DVD and / or Blu-Ray will be downloaded from OCLC. In a split combo, the DVD copy will be holdable and receive the normal DVD loan period. The Blu-Ray copy will receive a non-holdable / 7 day loan period designation. The Blu-Ray copy will retain its original packaging. The DVD copy will be placed in a separate case, labeled, and shipped to the ordering library with the Blu-Ray copy. The ordering library is responsible for supplying artwork / liner notes for the DVD copy. Tech Services will only provide the case and affix the labels.
There are two additional implications of this change:
“Blu-ray and DVD are packaged separately for circulation purposes” will no longer appear in the record.
“This Blu-ray disc will not play in standard DVD players” will no longer appear in the record.