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9/19/2014 12:47:00 PM
How to check out a book with your phone!
Coming from the public library
world, I had noticed a few years ago that some public libraries had begun
working technology into libraries in a unique way. They allowed their patrons
to have library card information on their phones and check out items without
the physical card. Working at an academic law library meant that a large number
of our users (students) likely have smart phones and may jump at the chance to
integrate library use with their phones. With that in mind, we began to
look into an app that could hold the library card information and still allow
for a secure check-out. To do that, we’d need an app that provided images
as well as barcodes.
Ring is a free app that is designed to be a virtual wallet, holding a wide
variety of card information. What we liked about it was that you could also
take a picture of the front and back of the card, allowing the circulation
staff to still identify the owner of the card and eliminate any identification
problems. Below are some screen shots of the app in action.
We wrote up instructions on how to
add cards and tested out the app with staff. The app was given a thumbs-up by
everyone who used it. We thought we were in business…but our barcode readers
couldn’t handle reading the phone or tablet screens. Here is our older barcode
reader with its single line laser...
reader worked well with physical barcodes, but wouldn’t work with LCD screens.
What we needed was a reader that would read barcodes, screens and cards easily.
After some work with our IT Coordinator, we determined that a LED Reader could
do just that. We purchased one and tested it out with phones and tablets and it
worked wonderfully. Our circulation students actually prefer the new reader to
our older one…a big bonus! You can see the different laser being used in the
image below. It actually is easier to scan physical barcodes with it as well.
are now peppering our promotional materials with information about KeyRing.
Signs let students know that they can “check items out with their phones.” While
response hasn’t been overwhelming, there has been enough interest to deem the
program a success. We are hopeful that more students will add the app as more
students become even more attached to their devices. We are the first library
on the University of Wisconsin campus (that I know of) to offer the ability to
check out with a phone. So far, we have encountered no problems and a moderate
amount of use. I like that the app gives students who may forget their Wiscard
(but never their phone!) another way to check out and still allows the
circulation staff a way to determine identity. In an increasingly tech-powered
world, I think this is a nice service for the law library to offer. Key Ring is
a free app available from both the App Store (Apple) and the Google Play Store
©Kris Turner, 2014
Reference and Technology Services
University of Wisconsin Law School
Posted By 9/19/2014 12:47:00 PM
9/12/2014 2:04:51 PM
What's in a Name?
Naming things is hard. I hadn’t really thought about the importance of names until I had my daughter and had to name her. Before she was born I spent hours trying to perfect the right combination of names- her name needed to be classic but interesting, something that would grow with her, something she could be proud of. I named her Annabelle Rose.
When the Gen X/Gen Y Caucus made the transition to Special Interest Section earlier this year, we were given one mandate: find a new name. While brainstorming ideas, I kept coming back to the process I used for naming my daughter. We needed the right combination of names that would encompass our members passions for professional growth. Our new SIS’s name had to be inclusive, something people didn’t have to age into or could age out of. It needed to reflect our mission to help new(er) members of the organization to learn and grow and become active members of the profession. Finally, it would be nice if the name was also catchy and fun.
After much discussion and collaboration with our members, the SIS was rebranded as the Professional Engagement Growth and Advancement SIS (or PEGA-SIS for short). It is my hope that this name represents what we want the SIS to be. In PEGA-SIS new(er) members can engage with librarians at all levels of the profession from different types of libraries and can grow their knowledge and abilities during the first years of their professional life. Through PEGA-SIS members can advance not only their careers, but the organization and the profession of law librarianship as a whole.
Like my Annabelle Rose, as PEGA-SIS grows as an SIS, I hope the name grows with it, a name that members, current and future, can be proud of.
Jordan A. Jefferson, 2014, Reference Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT. Jordan is the current chair of PEGA-SIS and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted By 9/12/2014 2:04:51 PM
9/9/2014 12:05:45 PM
Welcome --- Introducing our 2014-15 blog contributors
AALL Spectrum blog is happy to announce our bloggers for 2014-15. The bloggers hail from across North America with new and experienced expertise. We also anticipate hearing law library voices from overseas as well. Stay tuned.
We introduce our blog contributors:
Colleen C. Williams
Lindsey Ann Carpino
Marcia Dority Baker
Meldon D. Jenkins-Jones
Thanks for volunteering and have a great year!
Do you have a knack for blogging? Would you like to try? Let me know.
Sincerely, Tracy Woodard, AALL Spectrum blog editor email@example.com
Posted By 9/9/2014 12:05:45 PM