Binding Staff will continue to use a psuedo patron card (PPC) to track shipments of materials (monographs, pamphlets, periodicals, annuals, these, dissertations, etc.) in processing for bindin, as well as currently out to the bindery. There are hundreds of items into and out of the bindery every two weeks: assigning them to one or two item process statuses (IPS) would limit our ability to track them. Based on input from binding units at other Aleph libraries, this limitation could be very problematic.
Therefore, in order to inform patrons of the status of pieces being prepped for the bindery or out at the bindery, an item should be loaned to a binding PPC. In the Web OPAC, when looking at the All items list, in the column for due date, the patron will be able to click on the underlined due date itself and find information regarding what stage the piece is in, when it will be back and who to contact if the patron would like to see the piece. On the technical side, the PPC card will contain information for use by the binding staff such as the format of the pieces loaned to the card, the format, etc. This data is not available to the public.
If in the future, new capabilities and functionalities are made available
via IPS only, then this policy can and will be revisited.