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Circulation COI

Community of Interest

Circulation COI Updates - Fall 2022

Summary of the latest updates, best practice suggestions and decisions from the Circulation COI meetings and discussions:Circulation COI Updates

  • Member institutions continue to report that they have fewer student workers and either have to reduce operating hours, hire staff to cover shifts or have existing library staff cover the desk more often. 

  • Reminder to review your saved lists, exports, and search strategies, and clear out any that you are not using or that are duplicates to avoid us reaching maximum capacity. When naming a list add your location before the title to clarify who ran/created the list.

  • Avoid security concerns around generic logins for terminals by setting a timeout.

  • If  you haven't done so lately it's time to run cleanup reports such as In Transit too Long.

  • Next meeting: April 12, 2023 at 10:30am - Virtual.

The full meeting minutes can be found under the Meeting Documents tab.

Statement of Purpose

The OPAL Circulation COI is comprised of individuals who perform circulation related duties in their libraries within the consortium. Its mission is to create circulation related policies that are beneficial to both circulation staff and library users, to provide a valuable resource pool for system related questions and best practices, and to serve as a forum for networking within the consortium. This mission is achieved through regular meetings with open discussions of pertinent and relevant topics, with guidance from the OPAL staff members and the OPAL Directors’ Council.


Other Materials

Training Odyssey
Virtual Record Cleanup Odyssey Training (J. Thomas, Fall 2006)
OPAL Cleanup Instructions (In Transit & Returned Too Long) Odyssey FAQ
System Set-Up Checklist (OhioLINK) Odyssey Protocol Technical Help Document
Pickup-Anywhere Cheat Sheet
Institutional Codes
Replacement Policies by Institution
PCIRC Contact List (and many other PCIRC details)
Word Template for Removable Labels for OhioLINK PCIRC

Shipping Labels - OhioLINK & SearchOhio
Shipping Labels - Non-SearchOhio public libraries

Using Magic Barcode (for requesting specific items through OhioLINK catalog on behalf of a patron)
Enter daily bag statistics into the manifest system
Report problems with courier delivery service
Courier FAQ
Please email with any questions or concerns.
Tips for cleaning black toner transfer from the delivery label windows on canvas bags: 
Libraries recommend turpentine transferred to a folded paper towel (wear gloves).