[Evergreen-general] Family Accounts in Evergreen
ddisbro at scenicregional.org
Thu Oct 7 12:29:06 EDT 2021
Thank you for the information! I do love hearing how libraries handle their
unique situations. We serve a vast and varied group of people!
Scenic Regional Library
251 Union Plaza Drive
Union, MO 63084
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ddisbro at scenicregional.org
On Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 10:20 AM Aubrey Area Library <
aubreyarealibrary at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a couple of questions.
> 1. What is the goal for having all family members on one account?
> We serve a very transient population and a common question we get with
> people moving into the area is do we do family accounts. With grouping yes
> we do but once we explain how it works with a family coupled with our
> checkout limit (30 items per card) most family groups opt for the one card
> or two depending if both parents bring the children to the library. Due to
> the transient nature of our service area, you must have your card with you
> to checkout this goes for juveniles as well. If the parents opt for one
> card and grandma or a babysitter brings the juveniles to the library then
> they must have their parents card inorder to checkout materials. This would
> alleviate these concerns almost entirely. Parents would only have one
> account to manage and juveniles could still get a library card.
> 2. Does Grouping not give you what you need?
> Grouping does work and im not knocking it in any way. For us this solution
> would work best as our policies, fee, and checkout limits are the same
> across the board, adult or juvenile.
> > Drawbacks:
> > They will share checkout and fine limits.
> As above this is not an issue for our library as our policies are applied
> equally regardless of age. We do have libraries in our consortium that do
> have different policies based on age. and I understand that this is not a
> solution for those types of libraries.
> > There will be no privacy.
> This is something I have been thinking about. Privacy is a big issue,
> especially for me. In practice, juveniles have no expectation of real
> privacy as the parent/guardian is ultimately responsible for all items
> checkout. The issue of privacy only really comes to the forefront once you
> get into the preadolescent/teen age groups. because our policies apply to
> all equally, we take a very hands off approach and leave all decisions
> about accounts to the parent/guardian. I do not want us getting into a
> situation of basically saying "get your teen their own card so you
> can't see what they are checking out".
> Grouping works fine for us and the way I laid out solves one problem but
> creates another. If anyone has any additional thoughts about the privacy
> issue I would be happy to hear them.
> On Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 8:57 AM o1bigtenor via Evergreen-general <
> evergreen-general at list.evergreen-ils.org> wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 8:38 AM Diane Disbro via Evergreen-general <
>> evergreen-general at list.evergreen-ils.org> wrote:
>>> Hi, Jordan -
>>> This is clever!
>>> I have a couple of questions.
>>> 1. What is the goal for having all family members on one account?
>>> 2. Does Grouping not give you what you need?
>>> They will share checkout and fine limits.
>>> There will be no privacy.
>> Wondering if an advantage would be for 'billing' (fees for membership)?
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