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  1. Jessica Goodman
  2. Sierra/ Millennium/ Encore
  3. Thursday, June 30 2016, 02:41 PM
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Hello,

Anyone out there using the "Items for the Library to Acquire" form and the "Recommend" acquisitions function in a public library environment?

We’re trying to see how well it could work and what adjustments we’d need to make in our selection/acquisition workflow so we can receive patron purchase recommendations, notify the patron when it is acquired (or why not), and place the hold on the item when ordered. System does not seem quite designed for this workflow, requiring various manual workarounds. Doesn’t seem like an improvement over our current web-based (non-Innovative system) form.

We're specifically wondering about usage in other public libraries, but would welcome any info academic libraries might be willing to share too.

Thanks,

Jessica Goodman
Library Services Manager, Digital Initiatives
Palo Alto City Library
650.838.2950
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/library
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Sara Lathom Accepted Answer
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Hello,

I am also looking into using this function...has anyone used it? Thanks.

slathom@wustl.edu
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Julie Adamski Accepted Answer
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We used that in the past and now use a web form instead. When we did use it, we posted a link to the acquire form on our catalog home page and patrons filled out item information and their name and card number (required). Then a clerk checked the recommendations file every week and passed along the suggestions to the appropriate selector. Then, if the item was right for our collection, the selector ordered the item as usual and placed the hold.

jadamski@helenplum.org
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Alison Pruntel Accepted Answer
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We do the same thing that Julie's system does, using the /acquire form vs. our own web form. The only reason we use the /acquire form vs. a regular form on our website is because of the authentication part - you have to have a library card to submit a purchase request. This cuts down on the author spam. Our "suggest a purchase" links on our website, WebPAC point to http://innopac.fauquiercounty.gov/screens/greatsuggestions.html first, hopefully people read before they submit, but not sure how much that helps. Our collection development manager goes in Sierra admin regularly to read the suggestions, and if we purchase, puts it on hold for the patron. Depending on her mood, if we aren't going to purchase, she may contact them and explain why (esoteric item, series we don't carry, etc.) and if older, suggest our ILL service. I don't think she's able to do that all the time, though. We may switch over to a web form via our WP site that would give an auto-response with that kind of info. so they aren't left in limbo. Need to ponder...

Alison

alison.pruntel@fauquiercounty.gov
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