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

Morgan, Michele mmorgan at noblenet.org
Tue Oct 26 14:17:51 EDT 2021


FWIW, we have a few libraries that also make use of "same day" checkouts
for these types of items like Jeff describes. It's simple, and I haven't
heard reports of problems with it.

Michele M. Morgan, Technical Support Analyst
North of Boston Library Exchange, Danvers Massachusetts
mmorgan at noblenet.org

On Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 2:14 PM Josh Stompro via Evergreen-general <
evergreen-general at list.evergreen-ils.org> wrote:

> 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.
> Josh
> 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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