[Web4lib] room booking / reservation systems

Norwood, Randy randy.norwood at ttu.edu
Fri Jan 11 15:55:57 EST 2008

We've used MRBS (http://mrbs.sourceforge.net/ ) at the Texas Tech main
library for about 6 years and I am pleased with it. 

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Subject: [Web4lib] room booking / reservation systems

Hello - 

x-posted. I'm wondering what systems are in use for booking or reserving
study rooms via the web. This would be for a small academic US library. 

I rounded up these systems, so far:
-paper and pen signup
-in-house programming
-III Millennium module http://www.iii.com/mill/circ.shtml
-ExLibris Voyager Media booking module
-E-vanced solutions http://www.e-vancedsolutions.com/
-EventKeeper http://www.eventkeeper.com/

I also know these exist, but I don't know if libraries use them:
-Meeting Room booking system http://sourceforge.net/projects/mrbs/
-Netsimplicity Meeting Room Manager
Any other recommendations? I'm most interested in systems where patrons
can put in a reservation via the web without staff mediation and can see
what time slots are already booked before they attempt to reserve a
room. We would not need the ability to set recurring bookings, the
bookings would be for two hours max at a time, and we'd need some system
of authentication - ideally a system that is capable of authenticating
against an external source.

I promise to summarize responses, if there are any that aren't posted to
the group. :)

Elena O'Malley, Assistant Director for Technology and Access Services
Emerson College Library, Boston, MA 02116

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