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374RE: [ccaomlcaom] Library Visitors from the Public Community

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  • Jenn Hartman
    Aug 29, 2011
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      Anyone can come in to use the library, though we don't generally advertise that fact.  We're also on the 3rd floor of a professional building, so we don't get casual foot traffic, but occasionally patients from our clinic or a local practitioner or medical student will come in.
      Only students, staff, faculty, and alum can check out materials, but we are considering letting local practitioners apply for a library membership (also $35/yr), which would allow them to check out print and A/V materials.
      Unless outside patrons begin to disrupt our students ability to study and use our resources, we will likely keep our open policy.
      Jennifer Hartman, MSLIS
      Director of Library Services, Kelly Library
      New England School of Acupuncture
      150 California Street
      Newton, MA 02458
      Phone: 617/969-3969  E-mail: jhartman@...

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      From: ccaomlcaom@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ccaomlcaom@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Candise Branum
      Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011 1:01 PM
      To: ccaomlcaom@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [ccaomlcaom] Library Visitors from the Public Community


      We are open to the public, and allow local practitioners to apply for a library card ($35/year) which gives them the ability to check out print materials. But anyone is allowed to come in and use the library in person – we don’t check IDs or monitor anyone. We are going to be moving to downtown Portland, and I’ve also been thinking about this issue (and the issue of safety in general), so I’m super interested in hearing what you decide to do and what your reasons are for changing policy.

      Candise Branum, MLIS

      College Librarian

      Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

      10525 SE Cherry Blossom Drive

      Portland, OR 97216

      503-253-3443 ext.134 | www.library.ocom.edu

      Transforming healthcare by educating highly skilled
      and compassionate practitioners, providing exemplary
      patient care, and engaging in innovative researc h
      within a community of service and healing.

      From: ccaomlcaom@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ccaomlcaom@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of mahate rose
      Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 8:22 PM
      To: ccaomlcaom@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [ccaomlcaom] Library Visitors from the Public Community

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      Hi All,

      Our college is having discussions regarding the degree to which to allow non-student and staff members to use our library. Historically we have allowed community (public) users to have access to library resources, but not to be able to check out books or have off-campus database privileges. We do not have a consumer resource section to our library, though we hope to develop one in the future. Since our library is up in the corner of a professional building, the only users from  the public we generally see are those in medical or affiliated fields doing research or prospective students. With the question arising now of potentially changing our current policy to restrict library use to only students and staff, I'm curious about how other OM college libraries handle this issue. What are the current policies and thinking out there regarding community library use? Any responses would be much appreciated. I'm happy to compile and share responses for any interested parties.


      Mahate Osborn
      AIMC Berkeley
      2550 Shattuck Ave.
      Berkeley, CA 94703

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