Support » Plugin: WebLibrarian » How to check-out books.

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  • Plugin Author Robert Heller


    First, you need to login to the backend (dashboard) as a user who can ‘manage_circirlation’: either as a Librarian, Senior Aid, or a Volunteer.

    Then select the Circulation Desk page from the WP menu on the left.

    Next you have a couple of options. If you really have a barcode scanner and books with barcode stickers on them, you can just Lookup Patron or Find Patron, then make sure the insert focus is in the barcode entry, then scan the barcode and click on ‘Checkout Item’.

    Alternitively, you can first look up the item and <Select> it. *Then* find or look up a patron.

    Looking up or finding a patron changes the button next to the barcode entry to ‘Checkout Item’. Clicking on this button checks out the item.

    Aha! Thank you! Somehow, this was not obvious to me at all (I had done this but hadn’t noticed the the “Checkout Item” option was available—I kept looking for that option to appear below somewhere around the “hold” button.) Thanks so much, and thanks so much for such a quick reply! You might want to include this in the manual too.

    Thanks again.

    Plugin Author Robert Heller


    Just to be clear: in order to check something out, you need to open the patron’s circulation record. Web Librarian is not quite as ‘sophisticated’ as Open ILL (Evergreen), which has a screen where a patron’s barcode can be scanned (yes, Evergreen not only has barcodes for items, it also has them for people — the barcodes for people are on the back of their library cards). Once the patron’s record is opened, the circulation desk person can then scan the books, DVDs, etc. the patron wants to checkout. Web Librarian works something this.

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