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Circulation COI

Community of Interest

Circulation COI Updates - Fall 2023

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

  • Student worker positions may be impacted by new FAFSA (fed work study calculations TBD) and January 2024 minimum wage increase to $10.45. Depending on the FWS award amounts (generally between $2,000-$2,500), current hours are about 6-7 each week with some institutions slightly higher at 8-12 hours. Some also have a budget for non work study students. 

  • This is a good time to update Course Reserves and make sure they are accurate. Instructions for deletions can be found in the Circulation Manual. For record keeping you can create a list and print using the List Records function or download through the Export function. Looks like course records and linkages will migrate to Alma

  • Community borrowing approaches vary with many using creating custom cards and separate PTYPES. Making copy of driver's license comes in handy. The Clark County Public Library plans to set up a kiosk in the Wittenberg Library.

  • Migration news: John Carroll will be one of the Vanguard libraries participating in the 6-month test migration to Alma/Primo. Anticipate process will begin for everyone else around July 2024.

  • Next meeting: April 17, 2024 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).

Circulation COI Coordinator

Becky Gale
Otterbein University
(614) 823-1799

Mary-Ann Frischkorn (Malone)


Core Documents