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[resolved] Alternative Libraries (5 posts)

  1. sittingoverthere
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Hi Robert,
    I was looking to build a community tool library where users can submit a tool they are prepared to lend to other users in the community that subscribe to the site and thought your plugin my be useful.
    Is this possible using your plugin? I have read as much as I can here but I thought it might be easier and more productive to contact you directly.

    James

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/weblibrarian/

  2. Robert Heller
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 8 months ago #

    I think this should work. I presume by 'tool' you mean something physical and not something like a software application. You can even put barcode stickers on the tools and use a barcode scanner during checkout.

    There is not really very much difference between a tool and a book since a book can itself be thought of as a tool (eg a 'tool' for learning or a 'tool' to have fun with).

  3. sittingoverthere
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Hi Robert,
    Yeah I mean actual tools like hammers etc.
    I thought it would work as what does it matter what the barcode is stuck on :)
    My major concern is the library could be 'built' by users. The key to this project is having people be able to submit their own tools to the library for others to borrow. Is this part possible?
    Ideally it would require a login, so once registered people can lend and borrow tools using the site as a portal.

    James

  4. Robert Heller
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 8 months ago #

    It should be possible. The plugin is not designed to allow random users (patrons) to insert things into the collection database. One needs extra privs (eg role is 'Librarian' or 'Senior Aid'). I would suggest (at least to start) having a *small* number of people with a role of 'Senior Aid' who would actually add items to the collection. It will likely require some training to add items to the collection. And that you devise a schema for the 'call number' identifing where tools are stored (such as codes for rooms, shelves, boxes, or bins, etc.) so that once a 'hold' has been placed on a tool, someone will be able to locate it, so it can be found and checked out.

  5. Robert Heller
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 8 months ago #

    Note: at our local library, it is possible to 'borrow' childrens toys, although the library has not bothered to enter such items into the electronic (computer) catalog. So your idea is not totally outside of 'normal' usage.

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