Mandarin Library Automation has added another piece to its suite of library automation solutions. Library Usage helps libraries keep track of who visits the library and what kinds of tasks they engage in while there. This is the kind of concrete evidence that can show library boards and stakeholders how the library is being used and how valuable it is.
The Library Usage program is designed to be self-service, with no additional work required for busy library staff. The design is also especially appropriate for touch screen installation. Patrons log in upon entering the library and choose as many as appropriate from several listed activities. The list of activities is fully configurable by the library. Login can be done by typing or scanning the library barcode or by entering a patron’s name.
Patrons can log in as one of two categories that have been designated by the library. These could include Students and Teachers, Patrons and Staff, Members and Guests, or any other appropriate types. Group processing is also an option, to allow a class or community group to be entered as a unit.
The program includes several report templates to allow librarians to calculate and analyze library use from several different perspectives. Reports can also be created or modified using the standard Mandarin Report Tool.