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By Constance Battaile

In a library, flow is the method of lending books to debtors and adequately reshelving them when they were back in order that they could be retrievable through the subsequent consumer. This uncomplicated cycle has many embellishments and sub-cycles connected to it, akin to these for overdues and holds, the record-keeping technique, and the reserve ebook operation. those sub-cycles range from library to library, however the easy cycle is still a similar in each library that enables buyers to take away books. Connie Battaile offers a close quantity written for these new to the circulate division of small educational libraries. the writer provides no longer the definitive method to run a movement division, yet really she presents quite a few attainable equipment. as the move division is the most public touch aspect, many library "housekeeping" chores are assigned to it. back, those extra tasks range from library to library, however the writer presents quite a few techniques. The actual setting of the dept and the stacks, the employees, powerful communications, and scheduling are lined in complete element.

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At the circulation desk the user fills out a search request and the searcher locates the item and then notifies the user. The other situation, the one in which the item was not found because it was not on the shelf where it belonged, really is a circulation concern. The first question is, Is the item checked out? With an integrated automated system, the status of the item is shown in the catalog, so the user knows before going to the stacks. With a manual system, however, the only way to answer the question is to check the card trays.

Penalizing faculty in the same way as students is pointless, however, unless there is an enforcement mechanism. Any system that penalizes the cooperative and lets the uncooperative off without penalty is to be avoided. Such a system encourages irresponsible behavior and inefficient use of library staff and is ultimately damaging to morale. In a survey of ARL (Association of Research Libraries) institutions, Haka and Ursery (1981) found that 41 of 98 libraries assess fines to faculty members for overdue materials, but only 19 of those libraries can legally force payment.

Those ways that are within the purview of circulation are worth pursuing, and the rest are worth advocating. Other library departments may not realize the effects of their procedures upon patrons and circulation. The Circulation Cycle 39 In a study of shelf availability, Schwarz (1983) found that the chances of not finding a book on the shelf because it was already checked out were significantly greater if the book had also been checked out within the last eighteen months. He notes that this supports his earlier finding that 84 percent of the circulation was being met by 33 percent of the collection.

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