Re: [Videolib] Media booking systems - recommendations?

Christopher Lewis (clewis@american.edu)
Fri, 9 Feb 2007 14:09:44 -0500

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We looked into software booking systems for years. The primary problem =
with
all systems reviewed/tested was their inability to integrate with our
circulation system. We use Endeavor's Voyager and even their booking sy=
stem
wouldn't work with their circulation module. Since we had to run a
secondary system anyway we took the simplest route imaginable. We start=
ed
using an Excel Spreadsheet with macros for sorting by title, date, facu=
lty
name, and call number. t We use it for approx. 4000 reservations per ye=
ar.
No bells and whistles but it only takes seconds to check for reservatio=
ns
on a given title or call number. We've been doing it this way for at le=
ast
five years.

Chris Lewis
Media Librarian/Acting Assistant University Librarian for Information
Services
American University Library
202.885.3257

"Never write when you can talk. Never talk when you can nod. And never =
put
anything in an e-mail." - Eliot Spitzer on Secrets of Success

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Good afternoon VideoLib,

We are looking into automating our library's media (video/dvd/film) boo=
king
system. We are interested in knowing what systems/software other librar=
ies
are
using for their media bookings. We do bookings for in-house and ILL. Ou=
r
A/V
dept uses WebCheckout http://www.onshored.com/booking.htm for equipment=

bookings but the software seems less than ideal for media bookings. We'=
d be
grateful for any comments, recommendations, or advice we receive.

Thank-you in advance,

Janette McConville
Library
Emily Carr Institute. Art + Design + Media
1399 Johnston Street
Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6H 3R9
tel: 604.844.3077
fax: 604.630.4531
https://www.eciad.ca
jmccon@eciad.ca

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of is=
sues
relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic contro=
l,
preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in librarie=
s
and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an
effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of
communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video
producers and distributors.
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We looked into software booking systems for years. The primary probl= em with all systems reviewed/tested was their inability to integrate wi= th our circulation system. We use Endeavor's Voyager and even their boo= king system wouldn't work with their circulation module. Since we had t= o run a secondary system anyway we took the simplest route imaginable. = We started using an Excel Spreadsheet with macros for sorting by title,= date, faculty name, and call number. t We use it for approx. 4000 rese= rvations per year. No bells and whistles but it only takes seconds to c= heck for reservations on a given title or call number. We've been doing= it this way for at least five years.

Chris Lewis
Media Librarian/Acting Assistant University Librarian for Information S= ervices
American University Library
202.885.3257

"Never write when you can talk. Never talk when you can nod. And n= ever put anything in an e-mail." - Eliot Spitzer on Secrets of S= uccess
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Good afternoon VideoLib,

We are looking into automating our library's media (video/dvd/film) boo= king
system. We are interested in knowing what systems/software other librar= ies are
using for their media bookings. We do bookings for in-house and ILL. Ou= r A/V
dept uses WebCheckout
http://www.onshored.com/booking.htm for equip= ment
bookings but the software seems less than ideal for media bookings. We'= d be
grateful for any comments, recommendations, or advice we receive.

Thank-you in advance,

Janette McConville
Library
Emily Carr Institute. Art + Design + Media
1399 Johnston Street
Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6H 3R9
tel: 604.844.3077
fax: 604.630.4531
https://www.eciad.ca=
jmccon@eciad.ca

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of is= sues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic c= ontrol, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in = libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serv= e as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a chann= el of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and vid= eo producers and distributors.

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