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Re: Can a library automate without a computer yet?

From:

David Mayo <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 19:10:31 -0400

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It's so experimental, that it's having a Free *Trail*.

That is a good suggestion, by the way - I'm just amused by the typo.  It
appears twice on this page, once on the sign-up page, and perhaps
elsewhere.  Also, "absolutely" is misspelled as "absolutley" on the sign-up
page.

- Dave Mayo

On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM, Roy Tennant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Actually, I have an even better option from OCLC:
>
> Web Site for Small Libraries (WSSL)
> http://experimental.worldcat.org/lib/
>
> It is really aimed at very small libraries, so it is very easy to use
> but still has some basic circulation capabilities. It's in free trial
> mode now, so take a look and see if it does what you need.
> Roy Tennant
> OCLC Research
>
> On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 12:22 AM, JONATHAN LEBRETON <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > You may be able to do something with OCLCs so-called Web Management
> System whereby your OPAC (in the form of WorldCat local.)  and circ
> functions are in the cloud..
> >
> >
> >
> > Jonathan LeBreton
> > Senior Associate University Librarian
> > Temple University Libraries
> > Philadelphia PA 19122
> > Voice: 215-204-3184
> > Fax: 215-204-5201
> > Mobile: 215-284-5070
> > [log in to unmask]
> > [log in to unmask]
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: rowan eisner [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 11:51 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> > Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Can a library automate without a computer yet?
> >
> > Hi Dave
> >
> > It's an honesty system, card based, the way most community libraries used
> to
> > work before computers. Because it's unstaffed about 15% of books aren't
> > returned but we get a similar amount of donations. So we have that
> constant
> > churn to take in and out of a card catalog manually.
> >
> > We need borrowers to be able to check out books. I was thinking maybe
> with a
> > scanner attached to an iphone running an app. I didn't think librarything
> > could do circulation. I thought it was just a catalog.
> >
> > What do you reckon?
> >
> > Cheers
> > Rowan
> >
> > On 23 September 2011 21:34, David Mayo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >> I think it's going to be difficult to find a solution that's entirely
> cloud
> >> based.
> >>
> >> What functionality do you need? If you have a very limited subset of
> >> ILS/OPAC functions in mind, theoretically a LibraryThing paid account or
> >> similar quasi-library service might suffice.
> >>
> >> I'm having trouble understanding how circulation works/is expected to
> work
> >> when librarians aren't present.  Is there a sign-out sheet?  How do you
> >> monitor for lossage?
> >>
> >> - Dave Mayo
> >>
> >> On Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 10:42 PM, rowan eisner <[log in to unmask]
> >> >wrote:
> >>
> >> > Thanks Esme
> >> >
> >> > No, the library is open all hours but volunteers just come in 2 hrs a
> >> week.
> >> > I'm not sure how it could work but if we leave anything plugged in it
> >> will
> >> > get stolen or struck by lightning. We're in cloud forest.
> >> >
> >> > With koha and open-ils do we have to run the software on a server or
> do
> >> we
> >> > just get an account on an existing system? Running a system ourselves
> >> might
> >> > take a lot for us to figure out.
> >> >
> >> > Cheers
> >> > Rowan
> >> >
> >> > On 23 September 2011 16:38, Cowles, Esme <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > > Rowan-
> >> > >
> >> > > Having a hosted catalog and circ system seems very easy to do.
>  There
> >> are
> >> > > several open source library systems such as Koha and Evergreen that
> >> might
> >> > > suit your needs:
> >> > >
> >> > > http://www.koha.org/
> >> > >
> >> > > http://open-ils.org/
> >> > >
> >> > > Are there volunteers present the entire time the library is open to
> >> > > borrowers?  Or are you counting on borrowers having smartphones to
> >> > complete
> >> > > self-checkout?
> >> > >
> >> > > -Esme
> >> > > --
> >> > > Esme Cowles <[log in to unmask]>
> >> > >
> >> > > "I don't need to be forgiven." -- The Who, Baba O'Reilly
> >> > >
> >> > > On Sep 23, 2011, at 3:27 PM, rowan eisner wrote:
> >> > >
> >> > > > Apologies if this is the wrong forum, but if anyone can point me
> in
> >> the
> >> > > > right direction...
> >> > > >
> >> > > > We have an unstaffed library and can't leave a computer in it. Is
> >> there
> >> > a
> >> > > > way to automate
> >> > > >
> >> > > > 1) with no computer - do circulation and catalog in the cloud.
> >> > Volunteers
> >> > > > bring in laptops to do circulation and clients access catalog with
> >> > > iphones
> >> > > > 2) that doesn't cost a fortune
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Thanks so much
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Rowan
> >> > >
> >> >
> >>
> >
>

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