I make a lot of holds at the library. I would like to know when to expect to have them in my greedy little (borrower) hands. Using Vancouver Public Library, which uses Bibliocommons, as an example:
Information I have:
- how many copies of an item are available
- which position in line I am in
That's it. The library has the following information:
- if the item is processed and available for borrowing, they know when the items are due back
- if they run analytics, they know the average length of time that...
- all materials are held for
- specific materials are held for
- if the item is not processed (it is new to them, or on order), they probably don't have a good sense of when the item will be made available
- processing takes time: the book has to be catalogued and prepared for use
With items that are processed and ready, I'd like to know the range of dates I can expect to have an item available.
- there are 2 copies of an item available, but they are being borrowed
- let's say I'm 10th in line
- what would be the math of determining which day I can expect to have it?
- the average length of time either one of the materials is out can be added, which is updated as the material is returned
- the position in the queue