One System – One Collection Floating our Collection
What is a floating collection? <ul><li>One system, one collection </li></ul><ul><li>Items move freely among all locations ...
Why do it? <ul><li>To get materials into the hands of our customers more quickly while reducing the handling and transport...
The Fear Factor  <ul><li>You want to do what?  </li></ul><ul><li>You think this is going to work? </li></ul>
The Fear Factor  <ul><li>What if I end up with too many books? Not enough books?  </li></ul><ul><li>Stacks of books piled ...
The Fear Factor  <ul><li>Are  </li></ul><ul><li>you insane? </li></ul>
Why float? <ul><li>It </li></ul><ul><li>Works! </li></ul>
Benefits of Floating <ul><li>System </li></ul><ul><li>Brings us together as a system </li></ul><ul><li>Increases materials...
Benefits of Floating <ul><li>Customers </li></ul><ul><li>Allows customers to control the movement of items </li></ul><ul><...
Benefits of Floating <ul><li>Workload </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces amount of materials handling by delivery staff, branch sta...
Benefits of Floating <ul><li>Cost Savings </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces physical wear and tear on items, extending life </li><...
Issues to Address <ul><li>Overflow </li></ul><ul><li>Designate “feeder” branches </li></ul><ul><li>Do limited shifting to ...
Issues to Address <ul><li>Weeding </li></ul><ul><li>Do not send materials back to original “owning” branch for weeding, th...
Issues to Address <ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustments to standardized collection (rogue stickering, weeding sta...
Issues to Address <ul><li>Collection Development </li></ul><ul><li>Standardize processing of materials </li></ul><ul><li>M...
Final Thoughts/Questions <ul><li>We are already successfully floating </li></ul><ul><li>DVDs, Audiobooks, Music CD’s </li>...
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ABC Libraries Floating Preso

  1. 1. One System – One Collection Floating our Collection
  2. 2. What is a floating collection? <ul><li>One system, one collection </li></ul><ul><li>Items move freely among all locations </li></ul><ul><li>Materials movement is generated by our library customers </li></ul><ul><li>Items remain at the location where they are returned </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why do it? <ul><li>To get materials into the hands of our customers more quickly while reducing the handling and transportation of materials by library staff </li></ul><ul><li>This will help make the entire collection more readily available to our customers, reduce staff time and save money </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Fear Factor <ul><li>You want to do what? </li></ul><ul><li>You think this is going to work? </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Fear Factor <ul><li>What if I end up with too many books? Not enough books? </li></ul><ul><li>Stacks of books piled everywhere will topple over and kill our customers! </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Fear Factor <ul><li>Are </li></ul><ul><li>you insane? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why float? <ul><li>It </li></ul><ul><li>Works! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Benefits of Floating <ul><li>System </li></ul><ul><li>Brings us together as a system </li></ul><ul><li>Increases materials availability and provides continuously refreshed collections </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the risk of smaller branches being “read out” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Benefits of Floating <ul><li>Customers </li></ul><ul><li>Allows customers to control the movement of items </li></ul><ul><li>Items are available at the point of checkin </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces amount of time items are in transit </li></ul><ul><li>Offers opportunity to better utilize our catalog features </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits of Floating <ul><li>Workload </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces amount of materials handling by delivery staff, branch staff and central sort (delivery bin count will drop dramatically) </li></ul><ul><li>Less processing of materials </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids extra transactions, such as double checkin </li></ul>
  11. 11. Benefits of Floating <ul><li>Cost Savings </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces physical wear and tear on items, extending life </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces need to duplicate titles </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces ergonomic injuries </li></ul><ul><li>Good stewardship of resources </li></ul>
  12. 12. Issues to Address <ul><li>Overflow </li></ul><ul><li>Designate “feeder” branches </li></ul><ul><li>Do limited shifting to accommodate items </li></ul><ul><li>Make creative displays to increase circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Weed tired, worn and tattered materials </li></ul><ul><li>Create redistribution guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Relocation should be used as a last resort </li></ul>
  13. 13. Issues to Address <ul><li>Weeding </li></ul><ul><li>Do not send materials back to original “owning” branch for weeding, the library currently holding the item makes the weeding decision </li></ul><ul><li>Different standards of weeding will become apparent as materials begin to float </li></ul><ul><li>Weed materials that have long outlived their lifespan </li></ul>
  14. 14. Issues to Address <ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustments to standardized collection (rogue stickering, weeding standards, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>New workflow issues for circulation staff, pages, selectors </li></ul><ul><li>Customer training (placing holds, system-wide view) </li></ul><ul><li>Collection knowledge </li></ul>
  15. 15. Issues to Address <ul><li>Collection Development </li></ul><ul><li>Standardize processing of materials </li></ul><ul><li>More titles, fewer copies </li></ul><ul><li>No need to buy for every location </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized ordering process, but still involving library staff in collection development for the entire system </li></ul>
  16. 16. Final Thoughts/Questions <ul><li>We are already successfully floating </li></ul><ul><li>DVDs, Audiobooks, Music CD’s </li></ul><ul><li>Large Print </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>Next: all other holdable items will float the first week of May 2010 </li></ul>

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