What is a resource box?

Resource boxes allow multiple items to be briefly grouped together and lent as a single item. Resource boxes can be renamed, and have additional items added or have items removed. Creating lists in Oliver can be used to group similar items rather than creating a permanent resource box.

Each Resource Box has its own Copy record and a barcode attached. Copies of items that have already been fully catalogued are then added to the Resource Box by scanning their own barcode.

When a Resource box ‘container’ is loaned by scanning the barcode of the Resource Box, all the items inside container are also loaned. You only need to scan the one barcode of the Resource Box instead of scanning each of the barcodes of the individual items.

For more information see the guides:

What is a reading list?

A reading list (or lists) behaves like a SCIS subject heading with one important difference – you are free to use whatever description you want to name the reading list. While SCIS subject headings should always follow the SCIS naming rules, which may not be familiar to your borrowers, you can choose names for reading lists that suit your own requirements.

For more information on reading lists and how to create them see the following guides:

What is weeding?

Weeding is the process of removing copy and resource records from the catalogue. This may be required for a variety of reasons, for example, an item may:

  • Have been lost, damaged or destroyed
  • Be out of date or no longer relevant to your borrowers

Weeding does not completely delete the records. It moves the Copy and Resource records from the library catalogue into a separate Weeded container which behaves like a recycle bin. They can be restored or permanently deleted by purging. Weeded items do not appear in search.

For more information see:

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