Gate counters in libraries

Walz, Jennifer jlwalz at ASBURY.EDU
Wed May 20 11:54:37 EDT 2015


Just to give an idea, we have used at least to options throughout the years.   Currently we are employing our 3M gates to give us a number for each day.  This is indicated on the readout on the gate(s) themselves.  We have two gates.  Each evening at close, we manually check the number, right it down, subtract from the previous day.   One of our staff members keeps these in an excel spreadsheet and we have a tally for the year / month / semester / etc.

In the past we have used another form of gate counter - one that you can readily buy at various places.  It is just a beam from a box with a counter on one side of your doorway and a reflective strip or button on the other side.  Needs electricity to run but we employed this in another building where we only had one door in and out of our building.  Still had to check the count each evening and keep a manual record, but it worked fine.

How do others do this??  Just curious.

Jennifer Walz, MLS - Head of Research & Distance Services
Kinlaw Library -  Asbury University
One Macklem Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390
859-858-3511 ext. 2269
jlwalz at

From: Web technologies in libraries [mailto:WEB4LIB at LISTSERV.ND.EDU] On Behalf Of Sara Brownmiller
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:39 AM
Subject: [WEB4LIB] Gate counters in libraries

This may be a little off-topic for this list, but I'm not sure where else to make this inquiry.

We need to replace the software and equipment that we use to collect gate counts - people entering the library buildings.     If you collect this information, how are you doing this?    The software and equipment that we use is no longer supported and the vendor has gone out of business.    I'm trying to find other options that we can investigate.

If you know of other lists that might be able to help with this question, please let me know.

Thanks, Sara
Sara Brownmiller
Director, Library Systems
University of Oregon Libraries
Eugene, OR 97403-1299
snb at<mailto:snb at>


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