[Evergreen-general] "Digital" Cards and Library/School Partnerships

Joan Kranich jkranich at cwmars.org
Fri Oct 29 09:18:57 EDT 2021

Hi Keith,

Some of our libraries have worked with schools to register students.  Some
visit the school.  C/W MARS has a policy and procedure to first search for
the patron in Evergreen to be sure a patron record does not already exist.
We do not do patron record loads except for our academic (college) members.

We use OverDrive to circulate econtent.  Some of our public libraries
partner with their local school(s) to use the OverDrive Sora program which
allows students to borrow the network's OverDrive content without a library


On Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 1:32 PM Kaffenberger, Keith via Evergreen-general <
evergreen-general at list.evergreen-ils.org> wrote:

> Question to other libraries and consortium heads out there – how do you
> handle libraries that want to partner with schools to issue student cards
> to all existing students en masse? In particular:
>    - Do you just live with the fact that this will almost certainly
>    result in duplicate accounts? Do you group the duplicate accounts together?
>    - Do you have a policy in place specifically to enable this or outline
>    a best practice?
>    - Really the one I’m most curious about - for libraries that don’t
>    want to issue physical library cards to students, but instead just rely on
>    issuing an in-house barcode number, has that caused any issues that should
>    be planned for or worked around? Offhand, I don’t see too much potential
>    damage from libraries that want to issue card numbers that aren’t linked to
>    physical cards, but I am playing on the defensive this week haven’t had the
>    mental bandwidth put it through the thought-wringer to squeeze out all the
>    delicious thought *juice*. I would imagine you’d want to keep the
>    prefix the same for accessing databases and services that validate based on
>    library card prefix, but certainly seems far more sane to create a specific
>    prefix that denotes these are non-physical cards.
> I appreciate your insight and feedback immensely!
> Cheers,
> Keith
> ---
> Keith Kaffenberger
> Evergreen Indiana Coordinator
> Indiana State Library
> https://www.in.gov/library/
> 315 W Ohio St
> Indianapolis, IN 46202
> (317) 234-6624
> kkaffenberger at library.in.gov
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