[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] what policies need updating when adding new user type?

Holly Brennan haderhold at ci.homer.ak.us
Fri Oct 21 21:17:42 EDT 2016

We want to start a pilot program with local students who will NOT be required to have their parents present to get a library card, something we require for all juveniles currently. I'd like to change/add the minimum number of policies/thresholds to make the new card work.

Our regular juvenile and adult cards have a circulation limit of 25 items total (with some lower circ mod limits on items such as movies, e-readers). The new student card will have a really small circulation limit (3-4 items total) with the same circ mod limits as other larger-checkout-limit cards.

So, I'm thinking that since the only thing MORE restrictive for this new student card type is the circulation limit, I can get away with only creating the new Permission Group and then setting up Group Penalty Thresholds (PATRON_EXCEEDS_FINES, PATRON_EXCEEDS_CHECKOUT_COUNT, AND PATRON_EXCEENDS_OVERDUE_COUNT)...... In other words, can I avoid setting up Circulation Policies for each circ mod for this new user group (because they will follow all the same rules as the parent user group)?

Thanks for your guidance! Last time we created new circulation policies we broke everything and the whole library came to screeching halt (couldn't even check out items!). So I'm a little apprehensive anytime I have to make changes/additions in there.


Holly Brennan
Technology Specialist
Homer Public Library
Homer, Alaska

hbrennan at cityofhomer-ak.gov
907-435-3154 (direct)
907-235-3180 (main desk)

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