[Michlib-l] Helping a school library automate

Steven Bowers sbowers at wayne.edu
Mon Jun 5 08:06:24 EDT 2017

Not sure of all their needs but Libraika will let them have a free online hosted system for up to 2,000 items.  I haven't used it but I have looked at it in the past:



Steven K. Bowers
Executive Director
Detroit Area Library Network

ALA Councilor for the Michigan Library Association
MLA Board of Directors, President Elect


"DALNET is a community of libraries working together to provide access to information for research, cultural enrichment, and lifelong learning opportunities."

From: michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org <michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org> on behalf of Kate Van Auken <kvanauken at rawsonlibrary.org>
Sent: Friday, June 2, 2017 3:19 PM
To: michlib-l at mcls.org
Subject: [Michlib-l] Helping a school library automate

Greetings all!  I received a phone call from a teacher at Highland Pines School in Caro in regards to automating their school library.  Highland Pines provides programs for the early childhood special education, moderately cognitive impaired, severely cognitive impaired and severely multiple impaired students.  One of the main goals of the school is to teach life and job skills enabling students to work in the kitchen, day care, and library for example.

Currently, when a student wants to check out a book from the school library, another student library clerk checks the item out by writing down the student's name,  school id#, and title. The teacher mentioned that depending upon the library clerks ability, things may not always be accurate or very legible.

This teacher is in search of a circulation software package that would be easy enough and pretty basic for the student clerks to use and for the school to implement.  She didn't mention cost.

Does anyone have suggestions?  Perhaps a open source software?  She realizes they will have to barcode their collection, but they are hoping not only to digitize the collection, but provide more of a technology skill set for their students.

If anyone has suggestions or ideas or know of other schools that use a specific system, please feel free to email me off list.

As always, thank you for your input!

Kate Van Auken, Director
6495 Pine Street
Cass City, MI  48726
989-872-4073 fax
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