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Springshare Introduces Pickup Manager Tool to Simplify Holds Pickups

Springshare rolled out Pickup Manager, which helps libraries “streamline the holds pickup process while adhering to [their] COVID-19 safety guidelines. Patrons can easily request their holds via their ILS, schedule a pickup, and enjoy 2-way SMS/text and chat communication when they’ve arrived.” Springshare explains the process as follows:
  • Patron requests a hold in your ILS. When items are ready, your ILS sends an email with the link to our pickup scheduler.
  • Patron receives email from ILS system with LibCal booking link, they “log in” with their ILS barcode/pin to verify they are who they say they are and then book a spot. …
  • Patron reserves their preferred time & location using LibCal’s easy-to-use booking interface. …
  • ‘Today’s Scheduled Pickups’ on the Dashboard helps you prepare today’s items. 
  • When the patron arrives, they SMS/text you (LibChat coming soon!) with a customized keyword. The Pickup Manager recognizes the patron and alerts you of their hold details so you can easily grab and deliver their items. 
  • If needed, you can communicate back-and-forth with the patron about their pickup via SMS/text (LibChat coming soon!)—all from the Pickup Manager dashboard.
  • When the items are picked up, the Pickup Manager marks them as received by the patronin their ILS record, too.

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