Harold Chu’s Library Books software for Mac OS X tracks your borrowings and reminds you when they need returning/renewing. I had messed with an earlier version but never managed to get it to connect to the local library service. A new version was in today’s MacUpdate listing but as Gloucestershire was not included in the preset UK libraries I had another go at getting it to work. Success 🙂

So if you live in [W:Gloucestershire], are a member of the library, have a Mac and a tendency to forget to return stuff this is what you need.

Install and run the Library Books software. It only appears as a star icon in the menu bar. Click on the star icon and select Preferences. Select the Logins section and click the + button to add a new library.
From the Library drop down menu select Generic Catalogue Systems – TalisPrism / Talis Catalogue System.

The Library Books Settings Pane
The Library Books Settings Pane

In the General settings add a Name and your Borrower numbet. PIN can be left blank.

In the Catalogue section add:
Catalogue host: http://www.searchourshelves.gloucestershire.gov.uk
Library Web Page: http://www.libraries.gloucestershire.gov.uk/
Date format: dd/mm/yyyy
Click the Save button.

That’s it!

Click on the Star icon and select Update and it will fetch a list of your borrowed items. The number of items are displayed next to the star. You can make the star change colour the day before an item is due to be returned and/or add the dates to iCal so that it will also remind you.

The software is free and no more late return charges 😉

Update: The details were sent to Harold Chu the developer who says that they will added to the Preset list in future versions.

Dear BT,

Our recent exchanges dating back to 2nd of June do not seem to have got us very far so here are some pictures to help you understand just what the problem is.

I have had a paperless online account for some years now and I am quite familiar with the concept of logging in to the account but thank you for taking the time to explain it to me anyway.

Once logged in to the account I can view the section with the little pie charts….
charts

and I can view the recent calls listing…..
calls

but when I try to view the payments section all I have seen for several months now is….
payments

I do hope that you can now grasp just what the problem is and find a speedy solution but, given your past performance, I shall not be holding my breath.

Yours etc.

PS In case your are unfamiliar with the concept: If you click on the above images they will enlarge slightly to enhance your viewing pleasure.

Update: FIxed 22nd. July 🙂

The old [W:clematis] plant is slowly strangling the even older shed into submission; or perhaps it is the plant that is holding it up. You do not get the full flowery effect from the webcam so here are a couple of pictures….

The Old Shed
The Old Shed
The Clematis plant in flower
The Clematis plant in flower