Currently I have two systems to manage the informational needs of our
homebound and mail service.
1) Tracking reading history
We have Innovative Sierra (and previously Millennium) as our ILS and I use
the Reading history function available to all our patrons. Our web
developer created a script that allows patrons to sort the reading history
by title or by author and the built in search function of the browser makes
it quick and easy to determine whether or not a patron has had a certain
2) Selection Notes, Route Assignment, Volunteer management
For all other tasks I created a relationship database in Access 2010 which
lets me run reports on each route. Those reports display who is delivering
the materials, when, where, to which patrons and includes the selection
information for each patron, such as liked and disliked authors, genres,
subjects, what formats they prefer, what part of what series they are
reading, etc . . . The forms needed to enter the information are easily
accessible, for me at least.
Jefferson County Public Library
Jacob. . ....@jeffcolibrary.org <Jacob.Bro...@jeffcolibrary.org>
On Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:50:05 PM UTC-6, Carrie Fox wrote:
> At The Seattle Public Library we use Sirsi Dynix’s Horizon. In Mobile
> Services we have been using Horizon’s Homebound Module (with some in house
> and ad hoc adaptations) to track selection needs, route information and
> other details necessary for our home service, books-by-mail and related
> I would like to find out from library systems that use other platforms how
> they like the corresponding home service modules, if any, or what they are
> doing to accomplish the goals of reading records, selection notes, route
> assignments, etc.
> Does the platform you’re using have a way of storing what a homebound
> patron has checked out? Is there a way to assign routes? What other
> information does it allow you to keep?
> Please feel free to reply to me alone or to the group. I’m really
> interested in what is working out there. We’re not currently shopping for
> new software, but I am keen to be prepared when we do.
> Thank you,
> Carrie Fox
> Librarian, Mobile Services
> The Seattle Public Library