Lo and behold: all overnight loans ‘labelled’ on catalogue

In case you are not familiar with the concept of overnight loans at the Pendlebury Library of Music I refer you to my previous post on this blog. This is just to announce that, thanks to my colleague Sophie, all of the more than 400 overnight loans at the Pendlebury are now visible on the catalogue.

You might wonder why I’m writing a blog post about this; give me two minutes and I’ll explain. Overnight loans (ONLs) at the Pendlebury Library often are put on ONL status temporarily, or for 1 or 2 terms, so Sophie changes the status on our system and the classmark/shelfmark remains the same. This means that in the brief initial display, if there are several items which fit your search terms, you cannot see whether a copy at a specific classmark is an overnight loan copy.

Newton catalogue (Pendlebury Library of Music), brief display

Newton catalogue (Pendlebury Library of Music), brief display

In the full display you can see the “Notes” field underneath the classmark, and “ta-da” (in F major probably), “Overnight Loan”:

Newton catalogue (Pendlebury Library of Music), full display

Newton catalogue (Pendlebury Library of Music), full display


If there are multiple copies of one publication, this new “labelling”
is useful too. Again, the brief display does not help in identifying which copies might be borrowable at this very moment.

LibrarySearch (Cambridge University), brief dispaly

LibrarySearch (Cambridge University), brief dispaly

However, if you now click through to the full display you will be told which copy is an ordinary loan and which is an overnight loan copy. To illustrate this:

LibrarySearch (Cambridge University), full display

LibrarySearch (Cambridge University), full display

So, next time you see Sophie in the library, and if you have read this, please tell her how much you appreciate her hard work on this.

CG

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About cg474

Since August 2010 I have worked as a librarian at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK). Between August 2010 and November 2013 I was the Deputy Head of Music at Cambridge University Library and at the Pendlebury Library of Music. Between December 2013 and September 2015 I was the Librarian at the Marshall Library of Economics. Since October 2015 I have been the Librarian at the Divinity Library.
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