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Library database

Discussion in 'Primary' started by soapboxgirl, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Ive posted this over in ICT, but they're more interested in KS4 stuff over there! Anyhoo, have any of you got a good software database for monitoring childrens reading/library books? We're always loosing books and it's a nightmare to monitor on a manual basis, especially with book banded reading books. Any suggestions would be a great help. I've been looking at Junior Librarian, which looks good, but maybe more in-depth than we need.

    Thanks in advance for your advice. X
  2. Hi

    We have last year invested in Junior Library and it was one of the best things we have done. You can look at who has which book, which is the most popular etc. We have the older children as librarians working in the library at lunch time and after school and before teachers monitor it. It is really easy to use, you can stipulate how many books teachers and children can borrow and everyone has a barcode for taking and returning books.
    I would highly recommend it - only one down side somebody has to scan and label all of the books into the software.
    But once that is done its really simple.
  3. Thanks Wendy.
  4. Any other products out there?
  5. We use SoftLink - Oliver and Olly
  6. Would you recommend it?
  7. Waterfin

    Waterfin New commenter

    We use Junior Microlibrary.
    It has really helped us cut back on the number of lost and missing books. But it takes manpower to do so. There was a lot os time involved at the start cataloguing every book that we owned. Now there are support workers who have library hours allocated to them at specific times. They then manage adding additional resources that have been purchased and need adding, printing out renewal reminders for classes and individual warnings and bills for children with missing books.
    We have the option for children to log on and enter book reviews from home, but have not used it very often.
  8. I'm about to start cataloging our library using Baslogue (http://www.psoft.com.au/baslogue/index.html) which is a pretty simple piece of software and can do all the basics (checking books in and out, seeing what books children have read/are reading, cataloging), but it's less child friendly than Junior Librarian. However, it is much cheaper (only about 100 pounds), and the cataloguing is done over the Internet for free using a website called isbndb.com, whereas Junior Librarian uses its own database of books which you have to pay a hefty annual subscription for.

    The child friendly aspect of Junior Librarian is a bit pointless anyway, unless the children check their books out themselves. If they're not good at doing this, or if the teacher or TA does this, then one of the main selling points of Junior Librarian is lost. Hence we're going to use Baslogue and the TA will do the checking out of books.

    We're also going to export the database to a website called LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com) so that children can access the school library catalogue online. This site also lets them read and write reviews, and get recommendations for books.

    Other software worth looking at are Athenaeum (http://www.sumware.net/ath/), QuickTrack Pro (http://www.peninsula-group.com/quicktrackpro/default.html), Library Gold (http://www.cadomel.com/index.html), School Library Organizer Pro (http://www.primasoft.com/pro_software/school_library_software_1.htm). All of these have trial versions.
  9. I have nothing to compare it to but it seems to works for our school. The children do have dedicated library lessons once a week though (Y1-8.) It took a long time to catalogue all the books! - stamping them, putting bar codes on, inputting the information, adding the call number label but I did have a group of parent helpers to begin with who were happy to do the stamping and barcoding. OLIVER is used from Y3 onwards, while OLLY is used for Y1 -2. I prefer OLIVER as it has an advance search section so you can narrow the search parameters but OLLY is supposed to be more 'child friendly'. The search part relies on accurate spelling so the computer screen is surrounded by post-it notes with key words on!
    The children love to search for the books they are interested in. We allow them to borrow 2 books for up to 2 weeks (our reading books are separate).
    Having looked at Junior Librarian, I may have chosen that system instead if I'd have had the chose!
    Hope that helps.

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