We’ve decided to review the book binding policy at our library. Should we be setting aside a larger or smaller budget for the bindery? Is it cheaper to just replace books, rather than send them out of the system for binding? After monitoring the process for some time, we’ve noticed the turn around time is quite long, and while these books are at the bindery, they aren’t filling patron requests.
Now, we don’t send books that have holds to the bindery. But when they are already gone, patrons do request these books. We could request them back from the bindery, but they are shipped out to Ontario for this service. We’re in Nova Scotia. The entire bindery process, from shipping to bindery and back can take weeks. In the meantime, patrons are waiting.
I’d like to know your thoughts on using the bindery. Specifically:
1. Has your budget increased or decreased in this area?
2. Have you found it cheaper to buy additional copies or replacement copies in the long run?
3. What type of criteria do you have for sending items to the bindery?
4. Do books that have been bound by the bindery really last longer?
Any other thoughts you have on the subject would be greatly appreciated!