Local Holds Defined
What are Local Holds?(choose one below)
1. You canıt googleı it, so it must not exist.
2. Itıs a way for libraries to only allow their patrons to request certain materials.
3. Itıs a way to keep a basketball player from scoring.
(Yes, in the library world, #2 is correct).
What is the history of Local Holds in Lincoln Trail?
1000 BD (before Dynix) – some say that local holds were allowed
1993 – an ALC policy was passed that allowed two types of holds. This policy set in place the following:
- libraries are able to determine which materials are not requestable by anyone; all other materials will be requestable by all patrons
- libraries are able to fill their patronsı requests first, regardless of where their patrons are in the hold queue, with their materials if their items are available.
2004 – Urbana Free Library submitted a request to LINC Policy Council to revisit the local holds issue
- LINC Policy discussed the issue at its Sept. 2004 meeting. Several members of LINC Policy Council indicated interest in examining this issue further. However, there were other holdover issues from the Horizon migration that needed to be dealt with. There was a recommendation from Horizon support to reduce the large number of itypes to manage response time issues. There was technical assistance needed from Horizon to determine if Local Holds could be implemented in a consortium or not. Horizon support indicated that the itypes needed to be reduced before attempting any more hold rules. The itype reduction took until August 2005 to finish.
- LINC Policy Council appointed a Local Holds committee to further examine this issue.
--The Local Holds committee met twice. A test was devised and intially tested in Horizon. The test did not work. SirsiDynix support staff informed us we would need to upgrade our PAC because of a known bug that was affecting how requests are handled between Horizon and the PAC (which manages requests).
- The PAC was upgraded in February 2006. The Local Holds committee will be testing this functionality at the end of March and will meet early April to make a recommendation to LINC Policy Council.
-LINC Policy Council will consider this recommendation at its April 19 meeting.