Why can't we use patron state license and identification barcodes in the ILS to identify someone?
November 4th 2013 In a report to the MBLC The Buyer Focus Group released by Kress & Associates indicated that there was a great desire by Massachusetts residents to have a state wide library card. This library card would allow any legal resident to check out items from any particpating library within Massachusetts. Nothing has been done since to move in this direction.
Just recently the Massachusetts Library System upon request of the Urban Library Directors Group formed a Task Force to examine the increasing fraudulent use of library cards, intentional account deliquencies and behavioral issues affecting library safety throughout the state.
The core of the security problem focuses on the ability to identify a library card holder as the library card owner. Similiar to how pharmacies use a license to dispense medications we should be able to check items out to people in the same manner. This issue can be used to kick start the movement towards a universal Massachusetts library card. But one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is network policies.
I'm suggesting that Evergreen with its relatively large foot print in Massachusetts and its use in three of the state networks, take the first step and get ahead of the competition. The Policies for the most part are already in place. Integration is only a matter of time. The other hurdles can be overcome with time but if we start showing that the techology is there and work small to big I think we can get there.
I hope you agree.