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Student Worker Handbook: PASCAL/ILL

What you need to know to excel as a library assistant

PASCAL Delivers

PASCAL Delivers is a state-wide book delivery system.  Students request books through PASCALcat, and they are delivered here free of charge.

Procedures

PASCAL books need to be checked in and out of the circulation system, just like our books.  When a patron comes to pick up a book:

  • Scan his or her ID card
  • Type in the barcode number located on the item (do not use the scanner to input the barcode number)
  • Write the due date on the PASCAL label
  • PASCAL books may be renewed once for a period of 3 weeks (initial loan period is 6 weeks)

Courier

If you are on duty when the courier comes, hand him any outgoing PASCAL bags and receive the incoming bags.  Sign as requested.  Take incoming PASCAL bags to Joni for processing.  The courier comes 5 days a week, generally between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

 

For more information about PASCAL (Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries), visit their website.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is used to obtain items not available through PASCALcat.  This service is also free, but generally takes longer because items must be mailed from out-of-state.  Articles are an exception, because they are usually delivered electronically, and arrive within 1 to 3 days (in most cases).

Procedures

ILL items do NOT need to be checked out to the patron.  We track ILL books in a separate system, so all they need to do is pick up the item.  If a patron would like to request a renewal on an ILL item, direct him/her to contact Joni Addis.  Renewals must be requested through the lending institution.

Place returned ILL materials on Joni's desk.

 

For additional information on ILL services, visit the ILL LibGuide.

Questions regarding ILL should be directed to Joni Addis.