Cara Beth (she/her)
Clare Bryant (Edmonds)
Isaac Devereux (Shoreline)
Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges)
Lesley Caldwell (Pierce College# she/her)
Lily Kun (SPSCC; she/her)
Linda Garcia (Lower Columbia College Library)
A couple of library-related mobile apps came up in discussion this week.
The first app is the Alma Mobile application.
The functionality of the application is limited, but does support "Pick from Shelf" and "Scan in" workflows.
Another approach to using Alma in a mobility use-case is to log into Alma via a browser on an iPad or other tablet device.
A second mobile app discussed is the new Ebsco mobile application, which is geared towards patron self-service use cases.
If you know of other mobile applications available to library staff or patrons that support products or content within our own eco-system, please share them via our listservs or at meetings.
I shared info about the current conversation and crowdsourcing of info about WACTC library plans for Fall 2021, and the availability of this shared info on the following Google docs spreadsheet:
If you're interested in subscribing to the librarydir listserv, you can do so at:
During the Thursday call, Lily Kuhn, South Puget Sound, brought up the topic of the Alma Bursar integration.
At SPCC, they currently do a manual integration, where they export fine/fee info via analytics, and those fine/fees go onto student records in the campus system.
Alma does offer an automated integration, for institutions willing to implement and support it on the campus side.
The integration involves exporting from Alma on a scheduled basis the desired fine/fees as an XML file. With integration support on the institution side, that information can be imported on a scheduled basis into a campus system, such as ctcLink.
For interested institutions, if you can make the case to your institutional staff so that they'll provide the integration support necessary on the ctcLink side, I am happy to support you and your institution through that integration.
Kirsti Thomas, Seattle Colleges, provided the following additional info about these resources via our Alma listserv this week:
From Karen Waite to Everyone: 10:02 AM
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone: 10:04 AM
Charly-- You folks have some kind of MOU template for depts. that want to use Alma for managing loans outside the library, yes? Did you ever share that document? Or am I misremembering and someone else had it?
From Karen Waite to Everyone: 10:05 AM
stepping out for a moment
From charly to Everyone: 10:05 AM
I shared it with Wade
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone: 10:05 AM
MOU = memorandum of understanding
From charly to Everyone: 10:06 AM
I just re-forwarded it
From Me to Everyone: 10:07 AM
From Xinhang Hu to Everyone: 10:07 AM
We have had some inquiries from other departments, but no further actions.
From Me to Everyone: 10:12 AM
From Karen Waite to Everyone: 10:18 AM
SCC has been open since last winter quarter
SCC is a lot in person, but we are mostly a tech school, so hard to do online.
From Will Parnell to Everyone: 10:18 AM
Peninsula College opened for limited hours in Summer. We are planning on opening for almost full hours this Fall even though many classes are still online. We are becoming a vaccinated college for both staff and students.
From Karen Waite to Everyone: 10:20 AM
SCC will be open to community members this fall for the first time since the pandemic started
From Xinhang Hu to Everyone: 10:20 AM
Bellevue will be physically open in fall Mon - Thurs 9 - 4 by appointment with 118 seats available.
From Karen Waite to Everyone: 10:22 AM
We're open 7:15-3:30 M-F with on-site librarians the whole time.
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone: 10:24 AM
We'll also have reduced hours-- evening services = online reference only ; no libraries open on Fridays ; open hours 8-4 ; open days vary among our 3 libraries
From charly to Everyone: 10:24 AM
Edmonds College open Mon-Thur 10 - 6, Friday 10 - 2 with extended virtual chat hours
From Cara Beth (she/her) to Everyone: 10:27 AM
Grays Harbor College library will be open M-F, not sure if we've set hours yet. 8am-5 or 6pm? It is more because our staffing budget was cut than due to COVID restrictions
From Xinhang Hu to Everyone: 10:29 AM
Sorry I was answering a student's email while listening. We are using the Seat Booking module in LibCal for seat reservation, capacity control, and contact tracing. The circ. staff will be checking students in as they come into the library with or without a reservation.
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone: 10:29 AM
Nah. Take the barcode scanner to the books, not the books to the barcode scanner. :)
I like the way you think!
From Me to Everyone: 10:30 AM
From charly to Everyone: 10:31 AM
Any patron privacy concerns about documenting who's in the library and at what times?
From Linda Garcia (Lower Columbia College Library) to Everyone: 10:37 AM
This was one of the titles "The role of archives in the perception of self"
From Me to Everyone: 10:43 AM
From Isaac Devereux (Shoreline) to Everyone: 10:45 AM
I had to go in and tweak settings in EBSCOadmin to get the EBSCO app they just released to work for us, btw, so folks might check on that if they think their patrons might use it
From Me to Everyone: 10:50 AM
From Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges) to Everyone: 10:56 AM
EBSCO mobile app, SJ!