[Evergreen-general] Hourly / End of the day checkouts, in building use checkouts

Josh Stompro stomproj at gsuite.larl.org
Tue Oct 26 14:13:45 EDT 2021

Jeff, thank you very much for letting me know about this behavior.  We just
tried it out and this seems like the simplest solution to get us most of
the way there.


On Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 12:46 PM Jeff Godin <jgodin at tadl.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 1:32 PM Josh Stompro via Evergreen-general <
> evergreen-general at list.evergreen-ils.org> wrote:
>>   Hello, we are looking at circulating laptops for in building use only,
>> and are looking into options for how to handle the checkout timing.
> Hi, Josh!
> We took a slightly different approach with this:
> We use a circ duration called "sameday", which is defined with an interval
> of 00:00:00.
> On checkout, the due date is shown as being end of day today -- 23:59:59.
> (This doesn't meet your "closing time of the library" goal, but in
> practice we've not had an issue with this -- possibly in part because we
> don't have any sub-24 hour durations at the libraries in question.)
> Around the end of the day or the following morning, we look for any items
> still checked out, and check them in if found. Some libraries use a report,
> or visual inspection of a "laptop cart" with clear numbered spaces, or
> simply count to ensure that the expected number of machines are present.
> If any equipment appears to be unreturned, it's reported to a manager and
> we expand our search, attempt to contact the patron, mark the item "lost by
> patron" (which bills the patron), deactivate the device / put the device
> into "lost mode" as appropriate, etc.
> In theory if staff fail to notice a missing item, it will receive the
> usual overdue notices, be automatically billed, etc. In practice so far
> that I'm aware of, the missing items are noticed rather quickly. :-)
> Happy to discuss further if you like,
> -jeff
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