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Assigning PSTATS

Patron Statistical Classes, referred to as PSTATs, define a patron's place of residence.   In LINKcat, there are codes for official municipal divisions in the 7 SCLS counties, as well as codes for patrons not residing within SCLS. Circulation statistics are generated for LINKcat libraries based on these codes.

How to choose the correct PSTAT:

Determine the exact municipal division the patron lives in

Refer to the list of PSTATs

Outside of SCLS counties

Always assign the most specific code available .

Determine what system a county or community is in .

Determine whether the patron's community supports a library .

What to do when you're too busy to do all of the above .

What to do when a patron moves.


Determine the exact municipal division the patron lives in
(this may be a town, village, or city, or in the case of a city, may be a ward, district, or census tract).

North Freedom Example  

north freedom example

Madison Example

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Refer to the list of PSTATs (Excel) to find the most specific PSTAT for the patron.

How the list of PSTATs is arranged:

Within the Koha software, you will choose the PSTAT from a dropdown in the "Sort1" field in the "Library Management" section of a patron's record.  All of the codes are in alphabetical order.

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Outside of SCLS counties:

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Always assign the most specific PSTAT available.

EXAMPLES:

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Determine what system a certain county or community is in:


Try consulting the Library System Map and Contact Information .  You can click on a system to see more information.


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How do you know if a community supports a library?


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What to do when you're too busy to do all of the research described above:


It is sometimes very hard to do all of this research while you’re helping patrons at the circulation desk! When that happens:

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Any time a patron moves:

 

 

For more information about PSTATs, contact Heidi Oliversen by email

For more information about the information on this page, contact Mark Ibach.