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  • LINK+ Enhancements Now Here

    Posted Friday, May 15, 2009 at 2:57 p.m.

    Effective, July 1, users of LINK+, including the faculty, students, and staff of Santa Clara University will be able to borrow media, such as CD's, DVD's, spoken word audio tapes, etc. via the LINK+ system. This service will be available on an experimental basis for a six-month period; but, since other "LINK+ like" systems elsewhere in the country have been circulating media for some time, it is expected that this new service will become permanent on January 1, 2010.

    Participating libraries will be able to set one of two loan periods for media - 3 weeks or 1 week. Some libraries may use only one of these loan periods; others may use both, depending on the nature, and expected demand, for the material. With courier travel time, and a period on the "hold shelf" of the receiving library, materials will actually be unavailable to local users for a longer time than the actual circulation period. Materials needed for course reserve in academic libraries and popular materials "on hold" for public library users will not circulate through LINK+. SCU will include government documents in video formats, which are not needed for reference purposes, in the program; but we will exclude media that is part of curriculum kits. Initially, we plan to circulate all media for the shorter one - week loan period.

    Presently, Santa Clara University circulates media to faculty for seven (7) days, but restricts circulation for other user groups to two-hour loan periods. Because all SCU users will be able to borrow media from other LINK+ members, our materials should also be available to others, subject to local needs. Thus, effective July 1, SCU will change its internal borrowing policies to permit 7-day circulation of media to all categories of authorized borrowers. This will mean that faculty who wish to show videos in a classroom setting, or have students watch material individually in the Library, will need to notify the Library's Course Reserve unit before the beginning of a given term that they plan to use this media for a class. This will insure both limited circulation to SCU's primary clientele and non-circulating status for LINK+ users. As always, Library Subject Specialists will consider purchasing duplicate copies of materials in high use.

    If you have general questions or concerns about this policy, please contact your Library Subject Specialist.

    If your question is specifically related to the Library's circulation policies, please contact Marian Fricano, Head of Access Services. If you have questions about placing media or other materials on course reserve, please contact Judy Rodriguez, Information Specialist.

    Because this program is experimental, the Library welcomes your feedback on this enhancement to LINK+. Please send comments to University Librarian, Liz Salzer, at esalzer@scu.edu and put "LINK+ Enhancement – Comment" in the subject line of your message.