When sending parcels of BONUS+ material to New Zealand please ensure the following details are added to all Customs Declaration forms. New Zealand Customs require the forms to be carefully completed, otherwise parcels are held by New Zealand Customs, or the sending library may be charged a fee.
Anne Hall, BONUS+ Site Co-ordinator Massey University February, 2010, updated June 2014
BONUS+ materials are packaged in member libraries for lending and returning using envelopes and boxes. In the process of being sent to the requesting library and returning home these items are handled by numerous people in libraries, university mail rooms and Australia Post and NZ Post. There are serious Occupational Health and Safety considerations that all staff packaging BONUS+ materials need to be aware of. Please think of the impact on your fellow BONUS+ colleagues, mail room staff, and your own library material when packaging, and ensure that all staff comply with the following requirements.
Libraries should discuss any problems with received packaging with the sending library's site co-ordinator. Please take a photography of problematic packing as an image will help to explain the issue.
Weight/size of boxes/packages:
Weight for boxes is up to 8kg. Heavier boxes are a health risk to all staff involved.
Please do NOT use staples to seal packages and envelopes. Staples in a package or envelope cause damage to staff members who open them to retrieve items. Use tape instead.
Please do not use the “Jiffy” type envelopes which use fluffy padding.
They cannot be reopened without spreading the fluffy padding inside which is hazardous for staff handling the packages.
Please do not recycle boxes and packages. The packaging is insecure and recycled packages fall apart when opened. This is dangerous for staff, and recycled packages and boxes can cause damage to library material while in transit. Please see photos below for an example of such packaging
A requesting library is responsible for any loss or damage incurred from the time an item is dispatched until it is returned.
7.5 From the moment a library dispatches an item to a requesting library until it returns, the requesting library is responsible for any loss or damage incurred. The requesting library is responsible for replacing the item or for paying the supplying library the full estimated cost of any such loss or damage including, where requested, any administrative costs involved.
Beth Marnane, BONUS+ Co-ordinator, UTS Katie Wilson, BONUS+ Project Co-ordinator 29 April, 2011