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Monday Minutes: Self Checkout Module

Koha has a built in self checkout module that libraries can use, and Jessie and Kelly show libraries how to set it up.

System Preferences

The first thing you will want to enable is the WebBasedSelfCheck preference. Set this to ‘Enable.’ This system preference will include the ending part of the URL you will add to your OPAC URL.

Once you have enabled the web based self check system preference, you can access the Self Check Module module by adding /cgi-bin/koha/sco/sco-main.pl after your OPAC URL.

The next option for self checkout is the ability for this module to be logged in automatically. This system preference if turned on, will require libraries to create a self check patron in Koha and attach the permissions.

This is three settings in one: AutoSelfCheckAllowed, AutoSelfCheckID, AutoSelfcheckPass.

AutoSelfCheckID will be the username of the account.

AutoSelfCheckPass will be the password of the account.

The permissions of this account will need to have the Self Check Module- Perform self checkout at the OPAC turned on.

Another important part of this setup is determining how your user will log into their account to check out material. This is driven by the system preference, SelfCheckOutbyLogin. The options are, cardnumber or username and password. So depending on your library, you can allow patrons to use just their cardnumber to checkout material or their username and password.

This is what it will look like once a user has logged in:

Customizing Your SelfCheckout Module

Koha has a few system preferences that drive how your self checkout module looks. These system preferences are:

SCOUserCSS: The CSS entered in this preference will be used on all of your Koha
self checkout screens.
: The JavaScript entered in this preference will effect all of your
Koha self checkout screens
Clicking the ‘Help’ link in the top right of the self checkout interface opens up a three step process for using the self check interface. Adding HTML to this system preference will print that additional help text above what’s already included.
HTML entered in this field will appear in the center of the main page of your self check screen

A few other ways to customize this module:

When a patron uses this self checkout module, Koha will automatically log the patron out after 120 seconds by default. If a library would like to alter this time period, the system preference is : SelfCheckTimeOut. There is a Finish button for patrons to log themselves out, however, if they don't this system preference will come in handy.

If a library would like to set up a receipt printer to this self checkout module- that is also possible! There is a system preference that will allow libraries to have a receipt prompt appear for patrons to choose to print the receipt or not. This system preference is called, SelfCheckReceiptPrompt.

Helpful Report

Here is a helpful report that was shared in the ByWater Partner Slack channel to run stats on these self checkout transactions:

SELECT CONCAT_WS(" ", b.firstname, b.surname) AS 'checkout station', date(timestamp), count(info) AS 'count of items'
FROM action_logs
JOIN borrowers b ON action_logs.user = b.borrowernumber
WHERE timestamp >= <<From|date>> AND timestamp <= DATE_ADD(<<To|date>>, INTERVAL 1 DAY)
AND user IN (340)
GROUP BY date(timestamp), user

The user (340) is the borrowernumber of your selfcheck account. So this line would be altered to have your library's selfcheck borrowernumber included as opposed to using the (340).

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