In 2011, the 48 sites in Huntsville City Schools migrated their libraries to Atriuum and implemented Booktracks, a textbook and asset management software. Prior to this automation project, textbooks and equipment were checked out with pen and paper. With this software, schools were able to track the students and teachers responsible for all materials at all times and send letters to parents including the title and cost of the textbooks students are responsible for returning or paying to replace. Administrators could easily find the location and availability of textbooks, so they could transfer extra copies rather than spending money on more books. Reports show the amount of money recouped for lost items and project the costs for purchasing newly adopted titles.
Statistics after One Year of Use
Sheila Mikell at Huntsville City Schools has worked with the textbooks project since its beginning. Here, she discusses how Booktracks has helped the school system:
"Even during the first year of implementation of Booktracks the savings were phenomenal. When most systems on a national level ‘expect' to lose approximately 8% of their inventory, Huntsville City Schools succeeded in making it below 1%! The support system and staff are extremely knowledgeable; they each go above and beyond what is expected in order to make the system work for each school district. They all are to be commended on their tremendous efforts."
About Book Systems, Inc.
Book Systems, Inc. provides affordable, feature-rich library and textbook management software that delivers solutions to libraries and schools of all sizes. Booktracks, our Web-based textbook management solution, was designed to protect one of the district's most valuable assets - textbooks. Our software is suited to fit the needs of the textbook coordinator in a technology-driven world, while still being easy to learn and user-friendly. Booktracks offers easy-to-use Self Check Out and Self Check In Stations, quick cataloging, and standard and customizable reports. Book Systems is dedicated to quality and customer satisfaction. The company's philosophy is very simple: create quality products; test them with input and direction from textbook coordinators in the field; and back them up with renowned customer service and support. Further information is available at www.booksys.com and www.booktracks.net