Can I ask the blogosphere for some advice to get me looking at an issue in perspective please?
Oh this is a work question so for those of you who like to keep your weekends free of library thoughts STOP READING NOW.
I’m getting some pressure to consider offering longer loan periods for academic staff than for our students, for our University Library.
I’m anti the idea but think I may be over reacting. What do you all think?
We currently have short loans (2 hour or overnight on reserve shelves; 7 days open shelves) and 28 days for our general collection.
For concurrent usage Undergrad students get 30 books, postgrad research students get 60 and all staff get 100.
We’ve always previously had an equity argument where loan periods apply across all borrowers; except for our research collection (items never borrowed effectively 🙂 ) where postgrads and academics get longer loans of 90 days.
Also our fines are applied to both staff and students, and apply the day after an item was due back. (I think this is where librarians get pressure from academics, rather than over the length of the loan).
We hardly ever recall books back before their due date unless they are to be put on short loan.
We offer 4 renewals for all items except 2 hours/overnights; and renewals can be done online.
We send reminder notices by email for items 2 days before they are due with a link to the online renewal form, and for the next few days after they were due; then we allow renewal of overdue items up to a week after they were due back.