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Circulation COI

Community of Interest

Circulation COI Updates - Spring 2022

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

  • Discussion of circulation roles and other responsibilities ranging from access to ILL, archives, institutional repositories, and technical services, that are increasingly folded into responsibilities.

  • Many institutions are back to "pre-pandemic" hours with some adjustments to 24/7 access, extended, and summer schedules. Strategies for dealing with student workers not coming in or calling off on short notice include setting clear policies and expectations, problem solving with students, removing hours with opportunities to earn them back, point systems.

  • Members shared various approaches used to document workflows and procedures for emergency and succession planning.

  • Several contactless service initiatives have been implemented (lockers, laptop kiosks etc.) If you'd like to share ideas around a potential ALAO presentation contact Derek Zoladz at OhioNet.

  • A number of galleries are hosted in library spaces, some managed by the library while others are run by alumni or art departments.

  • Next meeting: October 12, 2022 at 10:30am. Field Trip under consideration with online option for meeting.

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.

Circulation COI Coordinator

Scribe: Adam Green, JCU


2021-2022 Coordinator: Becky Gale

2021-2022 Scribe: Mary-Anne Frischkorn

Core Documents