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Entering HasHads 1 week 5 days ago #456

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For KLAS-to-KLAS patron transfers, a patron’s reading history (Has-Hads or HHs) automatically transfer with the rest of the record. Thanks to PIMMS, more and more libraries will be able to automatically transfer records, even if one of the libraries uses WebReads or another system. Eventually, even BARD HHs will be automatically imported into the system right away.

In the meantime, however, at least some out-of-system patron transfers will come with a paper or .pdf list of HHs to enter manually, and BARD HHs are only created when the BARD Circulation Stats are manually uploaded. So: should you spend valuable staff time adding these HHs?

See the Key Notes blog post on Why Enter Has-Hads? for more information to help you make that choice, then chime in:

Do you enter all of your HasHads? What about just recent HasHads, that are otherwise more likely to be assigned by Nightly? Has leaving them off ever caused trouble for you?
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Entering HasHads 1 week 4 days ago #457

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I think it depends on your circumstances for staffing in your library. We in NC are fortunate to have a Patron Processing department that enters these in to KLAS so that patrons can take advantage of having the system use their HasHads are a way to help deliver them the materials they want with repeats. I think that without a complete history of HasHads you are doing a disservice to patrons by not allowing the system to do its work to help them make better reading choices and you're also working counter to the capabilities of the system to help you by allowing it to make some decisions for you. The great advantage of the way our program is structured, as compared to a public library is that we can actually keep reading histories for patrons and use it to offer a much better way of service to patrons. We have adopted practices that aren't as stringent as public library about patron reading information. By having a service without this barrier we can create a better modern online catalog experience than even the best public library has to offer. My vision is to someday offer an online catalog experience that allows it to offer up further reading suggestions based on what a patron has already read and allow a patron to serve themselves better, kind of like what Amazon does when you order up books or other items from their site or the way Netflix can serve you up other movie and television choices based on what you've already watched. Why not take advantage of a "Netflix" or "Amazon" experience if some of the necessary ingredients, like being allowed to keep reading histories, already exist? Entering ALL HasHads, while it may seem time consuming to do so, in the long run offer a great advantage to patrons and staff.
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Entering HasHads 1 week 4 days ago #458

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Some great points! The more complete a patron's history is, the better KLAS can serve them--now and in the future. B) Thanks for sharing your approach!
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