In this article, I’m going to show you how to easily put your library catalog on a kiosk so your patrons can quickly search for content. A library catalog kiosk is also an easy way to lower the burden on your staff.
For the purpose of getting started quickly, we’re going to assume that you already have a library catalog which is available online. If not, checkout Web OPAC by ResourceMate.
We’re going to be taking your online library catalog and making it accessible from a library catalog kiosk.
Benefits of a Library Catalog Kiosk
The benefits of using a library catalog kiosk include…
- Guests get convenient access to your library catalog
- Self-service lowers burden on your staff
- Browser lockdown software prevents malicious user tampering
Step 1: Select your kiosk form factor
Kiosks come in many shapes and sizes. For your library catalog kiosk we’re going to opt for a small form factor, rather than a large freestanding kiosk.
We have a couple options, including a table mounted tablet and a traditional desktop PC with a monitor, keyboard and mouse.
ArmorActive makes a sturdy tablet kiosk enclosure for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
You can also use a mini-PC like the Chuwi HiBox and attach a monitor, mouse and keyboard.
For maximum security please make sure the mini-PC is not accessible to users, particularly it’s USB ports.
Step 2: Run your library catalog from your kiosk
In order to secure your library catalog kiosk, you’ll need KioskSimple kiosk software.
KioskSimple ensures that your kiosk is always up and running and prevents malicious user tampering.
Setting up KioskSimple is as easy as downloading the free trial and entering your library catalog website into the configuration wizard.
Now start KioskSimple in Test Mode and you’re ready to test drive your library catalog kiosk.
When you’re ready to exit, press ESC and enter the default password of “kiosksimple”. Then select the option to “Close KioskSimple” and you’ll be back at the Windows desktop.
Getting Started with Your Library Catalog Kiosk
Have questions about selecting your kiosk hardware or setting up KioskSimple?
Contact us today and we’ll walk you through the process. We’re ready to help you get up and running quickly.
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