It is possible to circulate items without processing them. This is especially useful for paperback books or magazines, items without a long shelf life. The system will only know that a paperback book has been checked out to the student, and not the title of the paperback book if this method is chosen. The steps below will guide you through the process of setting up a generic circulating system and managing the circulation of these items. This example is for paperback books.

Step 1: Create generic circulating index cards for the number of items you expect to have out at any time. You can always add more later, so there is no need to overdo it.

On blank index cards, place a generic barcode label and write the type of circulating item. I have created two index cards for circulating paperback items.


Step 2: In LS2Staff, locate the MARC record for Paperbacks.

1. Log into LS2Staff, and go to the Staff Services tab.
2. Select Titles and Items from the navigation.
3. Search for "Paperback" to find the MARC record set up explicitly for circulating generic paperbacks. (If no titles are found, be sure to uncheck the home location only box.)


Step 3: Add each index card as an item to the Paperback MARC record.

1. With the MARC record open, click the green plus sign next to "Items".


2.For each index card, enter the item id (unique barcode label on the index card), the collection (I have chosen PBK) and the copy number if desired. You can also enter a price.


3. Click Save and Add another for each index card that you will enter.

Step 4: Place pockets in paperback items.

If the paperback books do not already have pockets in them, place a pocket in the front cover of the book. You can also wait and do this as the items are checked out and need a pocket; just keep some extras by the circulation desk.

Step 5: Check out the paperbacks!

Keep the pile of paperback index cards by the circulation desk. When a student wants to check out a paperback, check out an index card to the student then place that index card in the pocket of the paperback book. When a student returns the book, the index card can then be checked back in and placed in the pile of paperback index cards for re-use.