A few quick facts about our system...
*We use "Destiny".
*I printed the student/patron barcodes and affixed them to either spiral notebooks (2nd - 4th) or 6x8 card stock (K-1st). These are used as shelf savers and reading response notebooks.
*Each barcode label includes the student's picture.
*Students know to find their own shelf saver from their class tub.
*Students are taught to scan their shelf saver first then check the computer for their name then scan their books.
*Students are also taught to listen for the "happy" and "sad" sounds that the computer makes to tell them if they have checked out or are overdue or other cues.
*The kids are excellent about "managing" each other. They listen for the sounds and look over each other's shoulders and really do help each other with reminders.
Some of the biggest benefits are...
*I'm not standing at the circulation desk scanning. I'm working with students to find good fit books.
*Students can come and go to check in an check out books while I'm working with another class without any interruptions.
*Student helpers can check in books from their entire class and organized them on the shelving cart for students to access easily.
*Students don't have to wait on me to get to them and they feel empowered to return and get new books as needed.
It's a Win Win!