[Libs-Or] Questions regarding public computer set-ups & reservation management options
diedre08 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 20:09:12 PST 2012
I should have mentioned that Siletz has 4 stations on one computer and 2
stations on the other. Each computer actually could have up to 10
independent work stations on them.
On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM, Diedre Conkling <diedre08 at gmail.com> wrote:
> The Siletz Public Library has 2 of the multi-station computers from
> Userful and they are working great. I think they cost a little more at
> start-up but over time they are not too expensive. We haven't had any
> problems which were not addressed very quickly and through their remote
> access. This means staff does not have to spend much time with the
> computers upgrading or troubleshooting. We also don't need to pay for
> technical help, which is great since we do not have an IT person on staff.
> The staff really like the way they can remotely manage the stations from
> the Circulation Desk. They had not had a system that would time out users
> before but this is just part of the Userful package. They also like that
> they can set the computers to shut down a little before closing time. I
> think there might be an additional cost to have patrons sign-on to the
> computers using a library card and pin number but we did not have a use for
> this so I am not sure.
> We don't reserve computers ahead of time anymore. We did for awhile but
> it has worked better for the staff and patrons just to have a first
> come/first served situation. With the computers automatically timing out
> at the end of an hour (the amount of time we give users but this can be
> adjusted) we have been able to quickly accommodate 99% or more of our users
> quickly and efficiently.
> Here is some information from the Userful manual,
> I know that I am not fully addressing your questions but maybe this
> information will help.
> On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM, K'Lyn Hann <klyn.hann at newbergoregon.gov>wrote:
>> We're looking into changing things with our public computers. We have 14
>> or so. We're hoping to end up with 18.
>> Anyone have any experience with Userful --Multiseat Linux managed
>> virtual desktops?
>> If so, pros & cons? Did you use a reservation software to coordinate
>> uses? Which one?
>> RESERVATION MANAGEMENT:
>> Any computer session reservation software/program you'd highly recommend?
>> Thank you for your time,
>> *K'Lyn Hann*
>> Teen & Technology Librarian
>> Newberg Public Library
>> 503 E Hancock St, Newberg, OR 97132
>> ph: 503.554.7732
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> *Diedre Conkling**
> Lincoln County Library District
> P.O. Box 2027
> Newport, OR 97365
> Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
> Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
> Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>
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Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>
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