Re: [IUG] iPhone barcode apps
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- Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 09:50:59 -0500
- From: Chris Wells <cwells at thegdl dot org>
- Subject: Re: [IUG] iPhone barcode apps
On 02/27/2012 12:22 PM, Pam Sears wrote:
Just wondering if any libraries out there are allowing patrons to use their smart phones in place of their library cards. The barcode apps seem to be gaining in popularity so we are considering accepting them. If you allow the smart phones at your library, we'd be interest to learn how you handle:
* security issues (apparently, some apps allow the user to simple type the barcode number into their smart phone)
* the risk associated with staff handling patrons' expensive devices
* the risk associated with the possibility of the phones coming into contact with strong magnetic desensitizing equip at the circ desk
Thanks for your help!
Public Services Team Leader
Washington-Centerville Public Library
111 W. Spring Valley Dr.
Centerville, OH 45458
psears at wcpl dot lib dot oh<mailto:psears at wcpl dot lib dot oh>
We have considered allowing patrons to use their smart phones to display
their barcodes for checkout purposes. We have not yet implemented this,
but consider the following.
* security issue: This needs to be addressed by your administration.
The Code39 barcodes most of us in libraryland use are pretty simple to
create (its a font that can be used in Microsoft Word). There is
nothing really unique about these apps being able to create barcodes
from text that is simply typed in.
* handling patron devices: I would personally have the patron hold the
device while your staff scans the code using a handheld scanner. This
also alleviates the risk of the device coming into contact with strong
* new barcode scanners needed: If you want to scan barcodes that are
displayed on a LCD display you will need a CCD style barcode scanner.
If you don't already have these scanners in place, you will have to make
purchases before accepting barcodes from digital devices.
The Genesee District Library (Flint, Michigan, USA)
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