Scott Drone-Silvers, Vice Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:35. Scott said that Deb Lissak asked that a discussion of hold queue priorities be added to the agenda. Pat said that the Minutes for the 10/31/2007 meeting had an error in the 3rd paragraph (strike the following: “in principle but that the committee meet again to rewrite certain policies with suggested wording changes, with final approval in the future.”). With this change, the minutes for the October 31, 2007 meeting were approved.
The first item on the agenda was a discussion led by Scott Drone-Silvers and Phill Cohee, Chair of the LPC Circulation Committee. The committee has met twice and reviewed data related to the multiple circulation settings available to libraries in Horizon. Data reviewed included number of items that fall into particular loan periods, as well as a survey of librarians about current practices. Phill and Scott asked LPC for some direction on what should be the scope of their recommendation. LPC discussed this and asked that a workplan with specific recommendations, priorities, and timetable be given to LPC by its June meeting. This workplan can be as broad as the committee determines. This committee will meet again on March 2.
The next item on the agenda was a discussion of the current requirement for the borrower pin number in the web catalog, as well as the borrower barcode, for accessing borrower account information. Champaign Public requested this review because many users do not know their pin number. Pat indicated that this requirement is not currently covered by any existing LINC policy. Within Horizon, the borrower pin number is required to create a borrower record, but the pin number field is optional in each individual web catalog profile. Jan asked if social security numbers are still being collected – there was some reference to Debt Collect requiring this field. After discussion, Marsha made a motion to allow libraries to opt out of the borrower pin number requirement on their individual web catalog, with the understanding that this will still be a required field in the borrower record. This motion was seconded by Karen and passed.
Pat discussed Envisionware’s e-commerce solution, a product that would allow patrons to pay for fines and fees on the web, using credit and debit cards. This has now been made available for consortial purchasing, but there are some issues with ongoing separation of payments and credit card receipts received which could result in additional ongoing costs. LPC asked Pat to continue to investigate this option and present a recommendation at the next meeting.
Scott asked Deb Lissak to explain her holds queue request. Currently, Horizon is set to fill holds first for each library’s borrowers, with their own items, regardless of pickup location. Deb asked that LPC consider changing this so a library’s items are used to fill holds for borrowers willing to pickup at that location, regardless of where they come from. Scott requested Pat to investigate technically if this can be done and bring the results back to the next LPC meeting.
A meeting date of April 2, 2008, 9:30 am, LTLS, was set for the next LPC meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30. Marsha Grove indicated that staff were available to lead tours in the new building for anyone interested. Scott thanked Marsha for hosting this meeting while LTLS is doing some renovations.