We implemented auto renew back in March this year and things have gone fairly smoothly with the implementation for my library.
Generally, the patrons have been happy about it. We did have one complaint that boiled down to a patron simply not wanting to be notified at all, which was an interesting one for me, but that was certainly possible to fix for us. The only rocky start part was getting our notices to generate properly. The stock notice wording was a little too generic, so we made changes that took a bit of work to get implemented properly. We don't really have the email/sms issue, so I'm not sure what the best course of action would be for that to be completely honest. I have some ideas, but I'm not sure if any of them would be viable over the long run. This has drastically reduced fines here, for the moment. It's not a forever renewal process, so I do still see fines, but it has generally decreased fines across the board. We don't rely on fine income for operation here, so this isn't a giant issue for us, but if you do rely on fine income I'd probably recommend against implementing such a process. With that said, my staff spend a lot less time dealing with fine related issues, and I believe it's enough to have saved money in general. For implementation, I'd recommend one of two options for the sake of making things reasonable. Either set the renewal to happen a few days before the due date so that patrons have time to return materials that are not renewed, or set the renewal on the due date but add a multi-day grace period for the same reason. We renew on the due date and give patrons 3 grace days to return the item to avoid fines. Another library in my consortium renews the item 3 days before the due date instead. Both work, but I think the important factor is allowing patrons the time to return items. Thanks, Geoff Sams Library Manager Roanoke Public Library 817-491-2691 From: Open-ils-general <open-ils-general-boun...@list.georgialibraries.org> On Behalf Of Elizabeth Davis Sent: Monday, November 18, 2019 12:09 PM To: email@example.com Subject: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Auto Renew Feature Hello Everyone, For those of you who are using the Auto Renew feature, how is it going? What are the general impressions from patrons? Was it a rocky start? We have some concerns about how staff deal with patrons who do not have email or sms notification capabilities. How did you deal with this aspect? Any unexpected financial impacts in terms of fine revenue? What are your suggestions for those interested in implementing it? Thank you, Elizabeth Davis Head of Digital Services Scranton Public Library 500 Vine Street Scranton, PA 18509 Office 570-348-3000 ext. 3050 Cell 570-795-4332 eda...@albright.org<mailto:eda...@albright.org> pronouns: she/her/hers