Using FDLP eXchange in States with More than One Regional
Many states have more than one library serving as a regional. These regionals manage discards in many different ways, all of which can be done using FDLP eXchange. As with single-regional states, it is up to the regionals to determine the discard process for selectives.
There are two important things for multi-regional states to do when using eXchange:
- Have a plan. There are numerous ways that regionals in these states divide discard responsibilities, whether by topic, call number, geography, or something else. It is important that all regionals in the state must agree on how discards are handled in eXchange. Communication and planning are key.
- Make sure review periods are consistent. The eXchange system will allow each regional to set different review periods, but it will not work correctly for selectives unless all regionals have the same review periods set. This applies to both regional and selective review periods.
If you have any questions or concerns (or if you want to discuss best practices and options for multi-regional states), feel free to reach out to FDLPOutreach @gpo.gov.