Although the requirement did not elicit many ideas and comments, there was a concern from one participant that many services might find it difficult to amend access restriction statements down to individual item level and packaging. It was argued that a more reasonable balance between compliance and cost could be struck by dividing the requirement into best practice/acceptable practice levels. For example, the provision of general statements alerting users to the fact that previous access restrictions noted in catalogues may have changed was deemed to be acceptable practice, provided that the statements were prominently and clearly communicated to users.
This was countered by the argument that item level amendments were not unreasonable and could be undertaken relatively easily for both paper and electronic catalogues. However, there was a concession that marking packaging was unnecessary, provided that restrictions were noted in the catalogue and that staff were appropriately experienced to deal with such situations.