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Secure Exit, or, Shortening that Line to Leave the Library

Sway, Hank (2014) Secure Exit, or, Shortening that Line to Leave the Library. In: ELUNA 2014, April 29 - May 2, 2014, Montreal.

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Abstract

Several libraries at Harvard University have security desks at their entrances. Guards routinely check each Harvard-owned item leaving the library to make sure that it has been properly checked out. In this past, this was done by checking the due-date stamp in the back of each book. However, with several libraries recently installing self-checkout kiosks, we can no longer assume that each legitimately checked-out item has such a stamp. This year, Harvard Library Technology Services developed an application called Secure Exit that allows guards to scan item barcodes into a simple web interface to see if the item is checked out in Aleph. The application queries Aleph via the X-Server; checks a variety of configurable criteria (loan status, item status, patron status); and presents a simple "go / no go" message to the guard. This presentation will describe the features of the application in detail and delve into its technical underpinnings.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Event Title:ELUNA 2014
Subjects:Aleph
Divisions:ELUNA Conference Proceedings
ID Code:1172
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:30 Jun 2014 15:01
Last Modified:27 May 2016 21:07

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