I was recently asked to remind library staff to follow a particular SCLS ILS policy. Amy and I review policies at the New Director ILS Orientations that we provide, but we don't have a regular forum to review and discuss policies with all library staff. So every month or so I'll try to get a "Reminder" blog posted that will address a particular policy.
This month I will remind you all about the SCLS ILS policy "Adult Staff [ADS] privileges and use of Internal [INT] patron category". I
The best way to summarize this policy is the third paragraph which reads:
"All employees of SCLS ILS libraries who have an ADS Patron Category for their personal record are expected to abide by the parameters set for it. Employees of these libraries should not use an Internal patron record to place personal holds or check out items for personal use. If an employee uses his/her staff privileges to provide special treatment for himself or herself, family, or friends that wouldn't be allowed for other patrons, it will be regarded as an abuse of the privilege."
This is also true of library staff that have a patron category of AD, SR or JU in their personal patron record. The parameters that the policy is referring to are the Maximum number of holds, Total Checkouts and other parameters specific to these patron categories. The parameters for all Patron Categories are posted in the Circulation Manual, Section X, Circulation Codes and can be easily accessed by going to the ILS Support/Codes web page and clicking on the Patron Categories hyperlink
Please read the entire policy as it also contains examples of what constitutes special treatment.
Thank you for your attention.