2015 has been an exciting year at ResourceMate® with our 20 year celebrations, the launch of our eBook Patron Validation add on as well as the development of our upgraded web OPAC. We continue to move forward in the advancement of ResourceMate®, offering more and more to the unique niche that ResourceMate has served for more than 20 years.
ResourceMate® Holiday Sale
Our holiday sale is on until Jan 4, 2016! This offer applies to all orders (except annual support), and remember, ResourceMate® makes a great gift this holiday season for any collector on your gift list. For more information about the Holiday Sale please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-815-8370.
Support Giveaway Contest
We are excited about our contest and to give away 1 year of Support!.
Free 1 hour Webinar “How to Increase the Budget for your Library”
In October we hosted a 1 hour Webinar with the librarians from First Alliance Church in Calgary, AB. Their original library budget was $600, and when it was dropped to zero they worried that the library was going to have to close. However, the librarians came up with a great strategy to start collecting reasonable user fees, and as a result they now have a vibrant and active library with an annual budget of $6000.
We will be releasing an upgraded Web OPAC in early 2016. We’ve worked hard to create a fresh and dynamic new look and have included several improved features, such as:
For more information about the new Web OPAC and to try out the Demo, click here.
Online Training Sessions
Our Level 1 Online Training Session is intended to show new users the program, how to do all of the basic procedures, as well as show many of the features and capabilities of ResourceMate®.
January 22-27, 2016 - American Correctional Association’s 2016 Winter Conference in New Orleans, LA
Spotlight On ...
Q. Describe how you came to be involved with the library and any of your prior library experience.
A. When I joined the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church (BCEC) 22 years ago, the church library only had 300 to 400 items and nobody had been managing it for quite a while. When the pastoral staff found out that I am a professional librarian in a Christian college, they asked if I could write a proposal for the church library. I did and they also asked if I would work with a few other church members to make the library operational. That’s how I started and have been doing it for 21 years.
I’ve really enjoy reading since I was young and I majored in literature in college. For someone who loves to read, what can be better than to have a job in the library? That is why I pursued a library science degree and become a librarian.
A librarian is a service oriented job. You are constantly helping people. In the college library, I may be helping a student to look for materials for a research paper. In the church library, we may be recommending a book or a DVD that may uplift someone or change a person’s life. It is a very meaningful job.
Q. Please give us a description of your library.
A. We have around 3,500 titles in English or Chinese. There are books, DVDs, CDs, and some MP3s. We have 4 library committee members and 5 volunteers to run the library. We are only open on Sunday before and after services from 10:30 am to 11 am and then from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm. The committee members do the planning, acquiring, and cataloging of materials while both committee members and volunteers rotate each Sunday for circulating duty.
It is difficult to count the number of patrons but we circulate around 750 items each year not counting the in house use.
A. BCEC is one church with six congregations ministering in three different languages (English, Cantonese, and Mandarin) in two locations (Newton and Chinatown in Boston). Over 1200 adults and children attend our church each week. The Chinatown church library serves the members and non-members in the Chinatown location. Whoever comes to our church on Sunday are welcome to use the library.
We have pastoral staff, Sunday school teachers and students, seminary students, fellowship and Bible study group leaders, and people from 3 different congregations that may come to use our library. It is interesting that in the last 10 years; we have less and less young people (age 14 to 25) using the church library. Most of our library users are aged between 40 to 70 years old. It is become more and more difficult to recruit young people to work in the church library now.
A. The church library is a place for learning, sharing, and building up our spiritual life. Over the years, we have had quite a lot of faithful library users. They have used our materials to study the Bible, for spiritual growth, to learn, and build up themselves and their families, or to use the materials to share with non-Christian friends and families.
It is difficult to find or purchase Chinese Christian materials in the United States so the church library is a very important service for the Chinese congregations. I hope with the help of ResourceMate®, we can build an online catalog in the church website so that people can easily find out what we have in the church library.
A. ResourceMate® has all the functions that a church library needs and the price is reasonable and affordable. They have very good services and training available.
A. The ISBN Retrieval makes cataloging the books much easier.
A. There is one time - a church member borrowed some CDs. She wanted to share Christian music with someone who was very sick in the hospital. She told me that the Christian music gave the patient a lot of hope and comfort. It is encouraging to see our library materials put in a very good and meaningful use.
Thank you Alec for allowing us to visit your library and for being willing to share your ResourceMate® story!
Managing Circulation Activities Through the Holidays
ResourceMate® users are located around the globe and they all have different holiday schedules. As we approach the many celebrations of this season there are a lot of variation in the days or time periods when the library is closed for holidays.
Expected Back Date Overrides
Override Expected Back for a Session
At some point in time, the Expected Back Date will land on a holiday date. If you are dealing with a single day for the holiday then you can use the "Override Expected Back:" drop down located to the far right of the "Check-Out Date:" field on the Patron Activities Check Out tab. You should note that this override will affect the expected back date for all Resource Types. So if you are normally checking out books and then come to a DVD that has a different Check-Out Period then you may need to clear the Override field for the transaction on that one item and then reset when you start checking out books again.
ResourceMate® also has another feature that sets the "Latest Expected Back Date". This field is great for the librarian that wants to ensure that all of the items are back in the library by a specific date. Sometimes, the library inventory process may be taken over the Christmas Holidays or at the end of the academic year. For users of ResourceMate® Extended and Premium systems, a preference can be set to ensure that items do not get a check out date later than a specific date.
It is possible that someone may forget to set the "Override Expected Back:" date and it's now time to create a report of Items that are overdue or a Mail Out Reminder report. Let's suppose that it is now the day following a holiday period. If an item had an expected back date that fell on the holiday, then those items will be flagged as overdue even though the patron could not return the item because of the holiday.
Charging a fine for items that are being returned late is a way of raising funds for the library and a way of encouraging patrons to return items on time. ResourceMate® Extended and Premium systems have the capability of not charging fines for dates that are classified as holidays. These holidays can come in a couple of different formats.
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