I haven't used it for circ, but there's an iPad app that allows you to use
your iPad as a remote interface to your desktop or laptop. I don't like
carrying my macbook pro around to meetings, but I always get asked
questions that require using the ILS client. (We have Innovative
With this app, my laptop has to be connected to the network and on, but I
just hit the icon, touch the name of my laptop, and I can run any
application that's on there.
Not sure about using a barcode scanner with this, though. I can select
fields in the ILS and type on the screen. I would hope that a bluetooth
barcode scanner would act just like a bluetooth keyboard, but I don't have
one of those yet either so I can't swear it would work.
Hope this helps,
Joe Montibello, MLIS
Library Systems Manager
Dartmouth College Library
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On 1/23/13 12:34 PM, "Stephen Francoeur" <[log in to unmask]>
>We're looking into ways that tablets might be used by library staff
>assisting patrons in a long line at the circ desk. With a tablet, an
>additional staff person could pick folks off the line who might have
>that can be handled on a properly outfitted tablet.
>I am wondering if anyone has any examples of a library using the camera on
>a tablet to scan barcodes on library materials (for check out or check in)
>or if anyone has used one of those magnetic stripe readers that you can
>attach to some tablets (such as the Square Register for the iPad which can
>be used to process credit cards)? I'm sure it's been done with a netbook;
>we're solely interested in doing this with a tablet.
>We're trying to see if we can install the GUI for Ex Libris Aleph on a
>tablet running Microsoft RT. If this might work on tablets running Android
>or iOS, that would be interesting as well.
>Any examples or thoughts about this would be most welcome.
>User Experience Librarian
>151 E. 25th Street
>New York, NY 10010
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