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Computers in Libraries
VOLUME 28, NUMBER 2 — February 2008
Computers in Libraries
Complete Coverage of Library Information Technology

This Month: Technology for Check-In and Checkout


Our Journey Down the Self-Check RoadClick here for full-text.
This academic library had been using self-check for years. In 2007, the tech staff decided to upgrade to a new kiosk that would store and dispense DVDs. Here, two of them share the story of buying, installing, and implementing this kiosk. Despite a few bumps in the road, their journey got them where they wanted to go.
By Ann Whitney and Adam Garrett

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Dispensing With the DVD Circulation Dilemma
When this public library instituted self-pickup for holds, it saved staff time, but people discovered they could take items off the shelf and walk away with them. After most of a $40,000 DVD collection disappeared, staffers looked for ways to avoid keeping discs behind the desk. They found an Italian company that made ATM-style VHS tape dispensers and convinced a local library vendor to collaborate. After adding a SIP interface to the original machine along with some custom programming, the library had its first public media dispenser. Now theft is down and circ is up.
By Mark Ellis

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Self-Check: A Lesson in Mistaken Assumptions
Experience taught this author that, no matter how simple and logical it might seem to introduce self-check machines, the process won’t be really successful unless staff members buy into it. Learn how you can avoid some of the challenges she faced.
By Pamela Soren Smith
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The Systems Librarian
Circulation Technologies From Past to Future
By Marshall Breeding

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Building Digital Libraries
Conveying Content Along Many Pathways
By Terence K. Huwe
Page 22

Libraries in Computers
Let Me Draw You a Picture
By Daniel Chudnov

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Editor’s Notes
With This Issue, I’m Checking Out
By Kathy Dempsey
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Online Treasures
Self-Check: It’s All About the Service
By Janet L. Balas
Page 36
Tech Tips for Every Librarian
Drawing the Line on Tech Support
By Rachel Singer Gordon and Jessamyn West
Page 42
Noted & Quoted Page 44
Books to Check Out Page 46
Helping You Buy: Self-Check Systems
By Jason Vaughan and Jennifer Fabbi
Page 29
Computers in Libraries 2008 Conference Preview Page 37
Index to Advertisers Page 48

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