Andrea, we did the same thing - We manage our library hours, room reservations, study rooms, etc., through lib call, then we use the API to push that information out to our website front page, our hours page, and our University student portal, and then we created unique web pages for display on our AxisTV system in our lobby so that scheduled classes and privately booked rooms could be displayed in our coffee shop/lobby area. (All using the API)
As mentioned below, please feel free to reach out to us as well, if you’d like more information.
> On Sep 22, 2021, at 8:05 AM, Grey Maixner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Andrea,
> We use Springshare's LibCal tool to manage our study room reservations. It
> has a pretty powerful backend that allows you have all sorts of settings
> with regards to room usage and space management.
> What we didn't like about LibCal was the default front-end, so we created
> our own using the API supplied by Springshare. This gives us the power of
> the back-end while delivering a completely different experience to our
> users. We presented on this at Code4Lib this year as a poster and at Design
> 4 Digital.
> Our slides for D4D can be found here -
> Please reach out if you'd like a demo or have any questions.
> On Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 8:08 AM Schurr, Andrea <[log in to unmask]>
>> For the last 7 years, our library has used Booked Scheduler<
>> https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bookedscheduler.com%2F&data=04%7C01%7Csteven.j.turner%40ua.edu%7C0530623f1b464fde121808d97dc9ddef%7C2a00728ef0d040b4a4e8ce433f3fbca7%7C0%7C0%7C637679128661707217%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=JfhzvNcDI38bhJB9ycTnJ6iow2hJygPtWPe%2BoZ%2Fcp%2FU%3D&reserved=0> to manage reservations for our ~40
>> study rooms and specialty equipment. I have performed a fair amount of
>> code and database customization to meet the needs of our staff and users
>> including integrating Booked with our campus cardswipe system to provide
>> real-time room access. Booked has served us well, but, due to their new
>> licensing model, we have decided to investigate and implement a new
>> solution. We will be exploring whether EMS (our campus-wide reservation
>> system) or Alma (our ILS) might meet our needs but want to look at other
>> options as well.
>> Does your library use a room reservation system that you would recommend?
>> How customizable is the interface and functionality? What are your
>> favorite features and what issues/concerns have you encountered?
>> Thank you so much for your thoughts and input!
>> Andrea Schurr
>> Digital Development Librarian & Professor
>> UTC Library, Dept. 6456
>> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
>> Phone: 423-425-1371
>> Email: [log in to unmask]
> Gary Maixner
> User Experience/Project Management Librarian
> Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
> Home: (402) 613-3500