Since card catalogs are dinosaurs, what plan is used for patrons to locate materials if the library is open but unstaffed?

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I am finding lots of church libraries are doing so with success. Let me contact a few of those to respond. I hope those who have self-checkout will share how they do it. Great question!!

Cathy, this is a concern of mine also.  Our library is online so it can be searched using a smart phone while in the library.  But for those who don't like to search by this method, I have no alternative.  I have subjects and Dewey Decimal numbers on the shelves above the books, but this still doesn't help someone who wants to know all the books we have by a particular author.  I have thought about printing an alphabetical list of authors which includes the books that we have for each author; perhaps to print a list quarterly and update the list by hand if we should get a new book for an author before the quarter is up.  Our catalog is on LibraryThing and at this point, I haven't yet figured out how to do that.  I would love to hear from others regarding this question.

Whoops! I replied to quick this morning. You are asking a different question than self-checkout. Sorry about that. We have Atriuum which as Atriuum on the Go for customers/patrons to search for themselves and checkout.  We visited a really cool book store in Black Mountain, NC recently. They used signage on the shelves in a great way to help people find what they are looking for.  But that is not as detailed as you need. Can you get customized reports on LibraryThing that you could print and put in a binder for people to use?

Can you tell us more about the signage in the Black Mtn. book store. I am currently working on a signage overhaul project


Marcy Hoggard in NC

We have Webopac, and a Kindle Fire that is available to look up what we have in the library.   I don't recommend self-checkout- we have it, but you can lose a lot of books that way.   We're in a wing over in the hinterlands at our church so a staff member has to open the library up for people to use.   We have a self-checkout folder, and it has worked thus far without issue.   The Kindle Fire takes them directly to the Webopac catalog.   In addition, we have small 5x7 signage which either we stick to the top of the shelving or attach via magnetic signs to our metal shelving.   I'm a bit confused about the question you are asking.



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