An item is a tool or other object (book, tablet, basketball) that is tracked in inventory. Each item should be entered into inventory individually to allow for tracking the history of that item (condition, comments, popularity, etc.)
Items can be organized by both "type" (e.g. Hand Tools -> Saws, Power Tools, etc.) and by "use" or category (e.g. "Bike", "Gardening & Yard" etc.). The tool types are organized into a hierarchy or tree, and default values can be set at any point in that hierarchy. For example, all Hand Tools can have a late fee of $1/day by default, while all Power Tools have late fees of $4/day by default. See "Setting Default Values" for more information.
Please note: at this time, you cannot change the item type list/hierarchy, though you can define and edit your own categories. If you want a new item type or field for that type added to the system, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When adding or editing items, you only need to fill in fields you wish to override from the "default" values (See "Setting Default Values").
To add an item:
- Click on "Add New Item"
- Browse to the type of item you want to add (or start to type it's name in the box toward the top of the page) and hit return or click "create"
- You can select the item type at any point in the hierarchy (e.g. you can select “Saw” rather than having to select the specific type of saw you are adding to inventory).
- Fill in information about each item
- Item Id: this is a unique code to identify this item. We recommend it be code that you put on the item or on a tag on that item for easy/fast look up. If you do not enter an id, the system will automatically assign the next available numeric id after the item is saved and will display the item id to you.
- Status: The status for the item (can be changed in the settings). Visibility of items (e.g. "admin only") can be set on each item status.
- Description: A description of the item (will allow Rich Text soon)
- Location Code: a stock or location code used to help specify the location of the item
- Maintenance: instructions for how to maintain this item
- Source: who or where this item came from (e.g. "Jane Smith",)
- Condition: the relative condition of this item, 1 means poor or broken, 5 means "like new"
- Image: An image that you can upload for the item. A thumbnail image will automagically be created from the larger image. Please keep image below about 2Meg.
- Keywords: A list of keywords to help people searching for this item. Not displayed.
- Amount: If you charge fees, enter the amount to borrow/rent this item
- Purchased: Check this box if you want to track if this item was purchased (rather than donated)
- Daily Late Fee: If you charge late fees, enter the per-day late fees for this item
- Categories: Check off all the categories this item should appear in (zero or more)
- File Attachment: this allows you to attach a PDF or other document that may contain a user manual/instructions or safety guide
- Image Attachment: an additional image for this item
To edit an item:
- Searcy, browse of use the "quick lookup" forms to view/edit the item by id.
- Click "Edit"
- Change the information about the item using the same fields as per the "add an item" instructions
- Click "Save"
To delete/disable an item:
- You cannot currently delete an item. This is because there may be loan or other history associated with the item that you do not wish to lose.
- For now, edit the item, and check off the "Disabled" status box.
- Disabled items will not show up on the public site or in admin reports by default (except when there is a transaction associated with them).