> I really don't think you're going to have any luck using any traditional
> ILS software for what you describe, it's not what it was designed for.
Traditional ILS software is an inventory control system built around the
workflows associated with certain materials. The proposed application has
completely different workflows.
Yer doing this the hard way -- all this infrastructure to track fewer than
1,000 books among 100 borrowers is like using a chain saw to cut butter. A
collection that size can be browsed in its entirety very quickly, and a
community that small can work fine on a combination of the honor system and
If you want something quick and effective, just create a record for each
item where one of the fields is the owner, one is the due date, and the
other is who it's checked out to. You could put your in tiny DBMS, a nosql
store, or a flat file for that matter. Discovery should be based on simple
string matching following every keystroke rather than a fancy relevancy
engine which needs a lot more data to generate meaningful results.
It would work fine and you could write it in an afternoon.