Print on Demand with TixKeeper

January 29, 2018
We’re excited to see a rise in the number of libraries moving away from traditional, returnable museum passes to print on demand passes. Not only are your patrons able to reserve and print their own passes from home, but library staff no longer have to worry about lost, damaged, or overdue passes.
While print on demand is not a new feature in TixKeeper, we received a lot of questions from librarians this past year asking how they can get this service up and running in their TixKeeper system.
How do I get started?
You can email us, and we’ll let you know which destinations in your pass list are now accepting print on demand passes. For existing TixKeeper subscribers, there is usually no additional charge for us to convert your returnable passes to print on demand.
What if some of our local destinations aren’t currently allowing print on demand passes?
It’s possible that no one has asked them yet! Contact the destinations’ membership departments and ask if they will accept print on demand passes. Plymouth Rocket, Inc. doesn’t make the agreements with cultural destinations (those are between you, the subscriber, and the institutions), but we love working with destinations to create a printable pass that includes the information they require. We’re happy to set up a test record so you can email them a copy of a sample print on demand pass. TixKeeper also send out email confirmations and text reminders that your patrons can use as a pass, if the destination accepts those formats too.
What can be included on the printable pass?
Most destinations simply accept the confirmation screen which serves as the print on demand pass. Some destinations like to include their logo, an annual membership number, a single barcode, and some destinations give out a pack of membership numbers per day. The confirmation screen always includes the use date, and most libraries like to include text on the pass that states the pass may only be used for that specific date.
Can I see some examples?
Sure! We’ve worked with a lot of librarians to setup print on demand passes. Most notably, almost all of our subscribers in Nassau Library System were setup this year with print on demand passes to many New York cultural destinations. We’re excited about this. We’ve also worked with:
Lisa Spalla, Head of Circulation, says “we used a combination of calling and emails to obtain permissions from each library. Several museums asked for a mock up. We provided all museums with the mock up, even if some did not request one. There are no formal written agreements.” She notes, “there are many steps to make sure this goes smoothly. We took it slow and tested several times before implementing the POD.”
Julie DeLisle, Director, would be happy to chat with you about her experience. She says most of the destinations “were receptive and saw it as a positive move. I stressed the convenience to the public, who’d be able to access the pass on days when the library is closed, and wouldn’t have to wait for it to be returned by another user. I sent them a sample, and most confirmed by email, or over the phone. I didn’t create a formal agreement.”
Have questions? Like a TixKeeper demo? Contact us toll free or email us and we’ll get right back to you!
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Ramblin

March 6, 2016

Spring means library conferences, and in particular for Plymouth Rocket it means upcoming trips to Denver, Long Island, Atlantic City, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and maybe someplace else. 

Not hardly sure. Denver is exciting mostly because it’s PLA, and consequently a very big deal. Stop by to pick up a newly redesigned ruler, ok?


Travel update

January 2, 2015

In a couple of weeks Plymouth Rocket will be off to visit Toronto and the Ontario Library Association Super Conference. We’re excited, as this trip is our first to a Canadian library conference.

We hear great things about Toronto!


NYLA 2013

October 6, 2013

We just returned from NYLA at Niagara Falls. Great show.

The take away? Public libraries are focused on content that can be shared on mobile devices of all kinds; content that is simple to push out, easily edited, and focused on the needs of patrons and customers.

Off next to Chicago, Portland ME, and Seven Springs, PA.


Spring Conference update

May 31, 2013

Plymouth Rocket, Inc. on the road; Ric headed to Newport RI for RILA, and Jim to Atlantic City for NJLA and on up to Long Island for a library fund raising event. Hope we have enough rulers!


Plymouth Rocket, Inc. and the Prison Book Program

May 30, 2013

Prison Book Program of Quincy, MA provides a life line of literature to people incarcerated across the United States. Locating paperbacks in good enough condition to pass muster is not always easy; a couple of weeks ago, we were fortunate enough to get in on the tail-end of the annual book sale at the Ventress Memorial Library of Marshfield MA. 

Six boxes of good books and one trip to Quincy later, the program was able to partially re-stock its shelves, and continue its good work of sending books into prisons.

Prison Book is not unique to Quincy, so check in your area for similar opportunities.

 


Conference update

May 5, 2013

We just completed attending the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Long Island library conferences. Always great meeting up with current subscribers and folks interested in our software. Thanks to all of the organizers and conference committees for managing three very successful gatherings.