Our Journey Began with a Kindle• Like most libraries, we purchased a Kindle (June, 2010) for staff development and exploration• We added a few titles (mostly free ones)• More than 66% of staff took the Kindle home for a week to play around with it
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Legality• We notiﬁed Amazon of our intent in writing• We talked to our lawyer• But I am not a lawyer, seek out legal advice• Determine what risk the library is willing to carry
Policies, Procedures & Varia• We created: • Circulation Policy • Parental Permission Form • Circulation Procedures • Brochure • Title list in Excel
Circulation Policy• Patrons will have a selection of pre-loaded popular and classic children’s, teens and adult downloadable books, chosen by the library selection staff in keeping with the library’s collection development policy.• Patron’s need to have a valid Messenger Public Library card in good standing to check out eReaders. If a patron’s card is blocked, or they do not have their library card with them, they may not check out an eReader.• Patrons under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian present to sign the library’s written eReader permission form to check out an eReader. Guardians will be responsible for monitoring use of the eReader.• Patrons will not be allowed to download other titles to the eReaders from retail sites.• Patrons may download titles from the eMedia Library to eReaders that are supported by the library’s OverDrive Collection.• The eReaders have a two week loan period. They may be renewed once for two weeks if no other patrons are waiting with a hold.• Holds may be placed on eReaders.• Patrons will be charged for overdue eReaders at the rate of $1 per day.• Patrons will be responsible for replacement and processing fees for lost or damaged eReaders or peripherals.
Circulation Procedures 1. Patrons must have a valid MPL library card. If patron’s card is blocked, or they do not have their card with them, they may not check out an e-Reader. 2. Patrons under the age of 18 must have written permission from their parent/guardian in order to check out an e-Reader. Check the notes field in their record to make sure they have permission. If they do not yet have this permission, a parent/guardian must be present and fill out the permission form. Put the following note in the record: “(Name of parent/guardian) has signed e-Reader permission form.” 3. Give patron an “e-Reader” information brochure at the time of checkout. 4. e-Readers may be checked out for 2 weeks. They may be renewed for an additional 2 week loan period if no other patrons are waiting. 5. e-Readers may be placed on hold. 6. The overdue fine for an e-Reader is $1 per day. 7. When an e-Reader is returned, check for all equipment -- power cord, e-Reader, carrying case, and bag. (If any equipment is missing, do not check in, fill out problem shelf form, call patron.) Check in the e-Reader and note any holds. Place the e-Reader on designated shelf in the office of the Head of Circulation and plug in power cord to recharge. Call patron if there is a new hold. The e-Reader should only take an hour or two to recharge.
Messenger Public Library eReader Loan Permissions and Acceptable Use FormIntroductioneReader devices are convenient, portable reading devices. The chance to use this device is aprivilege that the library is able to provide to North Aurora resident tax payers with a validMessenger Public Library card. Borrowing this device carries with it extra responsibilities. Thevalue of the eReaders is determined by the Library (not the retail trade). For this reason thelibrary requires a parent/guardian signature before an eReader can be checked out to a patronunder the age of 18.Parent/Legal Guardian Responsibilities and PermissionI authorize my child to borrow an eReader from the library. I understand that it is to be used asa tool for reading and learning and that my child will comply with the Library Use Policy. I willhelp ensure the safe and timely return of the eReader device within the library’s establishedloan period. I also understand that I am ﬁnancially responsible for any willful, malicious, oraccidental damage to the eReader device and peripherals, as well as any charges resulting fromcontent downloaded to the device. Fines and fees are subject to library policies. I understandthat my child and my family may lose future loan privileges if the device is either damaged ornot returned in a timely manner.GUARDIAN NAME (printed) __________________________________________________________GUARDIAN MESSENGER LIBRARY CARD NUMBER: __________________________________GUARDIAN SIGNATURE__________________________________________________DATE_____GUARDIAN CONTACT INFO (phone andemail):_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Borrower Responsibilities and PermissionI understand that my legal guardian and I are responsible for returning the eReader andperipherals in good working order within the established loan period.BOROWER NAME (printed) _________________________________________________________BORROWER LIBRARY CARD ________________________________________________________BORROWER SIGNATURE __________________________________________________DATE______Library Staff Only:Date Permission Slip Received:______________________________________________Library Staff Signature: __________________________________________Guardian’s Barcode Number: _____________________________________Child’s Barcode Number __________________________________________1/28/2011This form adapted with permission from an original creation by school librarian Kathy Parker at http://marianslibrary.wordpress.com/
Kindle• The Kindle currently has 10 holds on it • And that’s with relatively little publicity • Patrons have asked us about why we bought the Kindle if it doesn’t work with Overdrive but we can now say it soon will.• The patrons have been VERY positive about the eReaders
Circ Staff• Let’s face it, the circulation staff is the face of the library. The bulk of patron- staff interactions occur at the circulation desk.• How do you duplicate this at the library’s virtual desk(s)?• Do you need to?