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Ian Anstice Sep 11
Why are automatic renewals not there? Why are you forcing people to feel angry at you? You don't need the book back
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Donald Jeffrey Sep 12
Why are renewals needed? What about recalls? Decentralise? Longer loans? Free post to next borrower? So many questions.
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libraries: hacked Sep 12
indeed, automatic renewals (which will happen whether libraries like it or not) will raise question of whether a renewal is needed at all
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libraries: hacked Sep 12
maybe just regular reminded lists of books on loan and then recall if book is requested by someone else
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libraries: hacked Sep 12
if you have a limit on number of books people will bring them back (which they will do anyway because that's what people do) to get more
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libraries: hacked Sep 12
and not give up on libraries because they've incurred a fine by forgetting to renew, when they could have just bought the book on amazon
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Donald Jeffrey Sep 12
Fines are antiquated and do not positively change borrower behaviour. Boo to fines!
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ostephens
I wrote my own automated renewal script - checks all my families accounts everyday and renews if necessary/possible - max 3 'unseen' renews
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Donald Jeffrey Sep 12
Great solution- admirable! 😀 Wonderful! Perhaps. Circ still needs a major overhaul.
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ostephens Sep 12
don’t disagree - I’m privileged to both understand the system and that I can write the code
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libraries: hacked Sep 12
indeed, did similar thing (checks daily and sends email reminders until last day, then renews)
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libraries: hacked Sep 12
but that needs to be available (hopefully one day!) in a user friendly (e.g. if this then that) type system.
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