We are reminding all LINKcat libraries that there is an ILS policy stating that libraries will not circulate an item before its official publication release date ("street date").
Publishers ship materials to libraries ahead of the street date as a courtesy so libraries can process the materials and have them ready to go on the street date. Publishers do not have to do this. If libraries do not respect the street date, publishers could decline to ship the items early.
Materials that ship with street dates are labeled with the appropriate date when they are shipped. You must take note of this date when you receive the item. If your workflow does not currently take the street date into account, please modify your workflow as needed and ensure that the street date is communicated to the appropriate staff.
Items can be processed by the library before the street date, and libraries may add item records to Koha before the street date. However, the status of the item must remain as "On order" or "In processing" until the street date. On or after the street date, you can check the item in to clear the status. Then the item can go out for regular circulation.
If you notice an item that is circulating before its street date, please contact the Circulation and Cataloging contacts for the owning library, so staff can take the appropriate steps to pull the item from circulation and review procedures for processing and circulating items with street dates.