Overview of WSSL features
Complete Library Web site and Inventory System in the CloudWith a simple-but-powerful web site editor, standard web site templates, and a complete set of library automation functions, you can create your library's web site and manage your library using any standard Web browser. Features include basic and advance searching, cataloging, circulation, fines, and patron management.
Building and maintaining your library's web site is simple with the WYSIWYG editor, templates, and drop in widgets. Use the standard layout to have your site up in less than minute, or create your own set of custom tabs and add a search box, a calendar, or a map with a simple drag and drop. Requires no specialized web-design or programming skills, yet allows the full capabilities of the web to be deployed.
CatalogingSimple creation and editing of catalog records, with automatic completion by author and/or title that fully populates the record from OCLC Worldcat, the largest collection of bibliographic metadata in the world. No specialized skills are required to use the cataloging editor, and records can be completely hand entered, partially entered using auto-complete, or created by simply scanning an ISBN on the jacket.
Multiple copies with separate bar codes and circulation status can be maintained for each title, and all text in the cataloging record is indexed and searchable by both library staff and the patrons. Access to a comprehensive set of cover art is provided for patron searching and display.
CirculationThe WSSL inventory system is simple, but provides a complete set of circulation functions, including check-out, check-in, renew, hold and reserve, and fines features. It works equally well with or without a scanner.
Check an item out by scanning or entering a patron's barcode or name, and then the bar code number or title of the item(s). If the patron has outstanding fines, then those are displayed, otherwise the items are now checked out. To check items in, simply scan or type the barcode number ior title and the item is checked in, and any outstanding fine amount is displayed.
Library staff can place items on hold for a specific patron, or the patron can do it themselves through the library web site. If the item is already checked out or on hold, then the requesting patron is automatically placed on a reserve list so that when the item becomes available it will be placed on hold for them.