OpenBiblio Add-Ons

Self-Serve Checkout


OpenBiblio is a free open source automated library system particularly well suited for school libraries. I helped select and install the OpenBiblio package for the Sts. Joan of Arc and Patrick School libraries and continue to help support, maintain, and administer their systems. They have over 10,000 books in their OpenBiblio collection.

As of the time of this writing (4/19/2008) the current OpenBiblio version is 0.6.0.

Self-Serve Checkout for OpenBiblio 0.6.0

Our students checkout their own books. The self-serve checkout patch is a collection of small changes that simplify checkout for the students. The idea is that students can checkout books completely without touching the keyboard or mouse.

There are three basic changes: The checkout computer is normally on the checkout screen and has a stand mounted non-contact barcode scanner attached. The barcode scanner appends an Enter and beeps when a barcode is scanned. To checkout books, the student just scans their library card - the scanner beeps and the checout screen updates to indicate they are the selected student which is easily verified with the large red letters. They then scan their first book - the checkout screen updates with the just-scanned book at the top of the list which is again easily verified. They scan their second book, and so on. When done, the next student scans their card, verifies, and then proceeds with their books.

To install the Self-Serve Ceckout patch, download the zip file and follow these installation instructions.

Lookup for OpenBiblio 0.6.0

A popular add-on for OpenBiblio is Fred LaPlante's Lookup feature. You can download it from Fred's website here but I find these sort of things to be more conveniently installed as patches so after installing according to Fred's instructions I created an alternative installation procedure.

To install Lookup as a patch, download the zip file and follow these installation instructions.

Lookup requires YAZ which can be found here including packages for Debian Linux.

Stocktake for OpenBiblio 0.6.0

Stocktake is an inventory add-on that was available for 0.5.x and I updated for 0.6.0.

To install Stocktake, download the zip file and follow these installation instructions.

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