Library Reservations Help/FAQ

Library Reservations Login Page


Getting Started

In order to use the Library Reservations system, you must first register. If you have already registered, then you must log in before using the system. At the top of each page (except for the registration and log in pages) you will see a welcome message, today's date, and a few links -- a "Log Out" link and a "My Control Panel" link underneath the welcome message, and a "Help Me" link under the date.

If a previous user is displayed in the welcome message, click "Log Out" to clear out any cookies they were using and log in as yourself. Clicking the "My Control Panel" link will take you to My Control Panel, your "home page" for the scheduler. Clicking the "Help Me" link brings a pop-up help window. Clicking the "Email Admin" link will open a new mail addressed to the system's administrator.

Warning: If you have Norton Personal Firewall running while using the Library Reservations system, you may encounter problems. Please disable Norton Personal Firewall while using the Library Reservations system and enable it after you are done.

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Registering

To register, first navigate to the registration page. This can be reached through a link on the initial login page. You must fill in every field. The email address that you register with will be your login. The information that you enter can be altered at any time by changing your profile. After registering, you will be redirected to My Control Panel.

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Logging In

Logging in is as simple as entering your email address and password. You must register before you can log in. This can be accomplished by following the registration link on the log in page. After logging in, you will be redirected to My Control Panel.

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Changing Profile Information or Password

To change your profile information (name, email, etc.) or your password, first log into the system. At My Control Panel, in My Quick Links, click "Change Profile". This will bring you to a form with your information filled in. Edit any information you wish. Any field left blank will not be altered. If you wish you change your password, enter it twice. After editing your information, click "Edit Profile" and your changes will be saved to the database. You will then be returned to My Control Panel.

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Resetting Your Forgotten Password

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it and have a new one emailed to you. To do this, navigate to the login page and click the "I Forgot My Password" link underneath the login form. You will be taken to a new page and asked to enter your email address. After clicking "Submit", a new, randomly generated password will be created. This new password will be set in the database and emailed to you. After receiving this email, please copy and paste your new password, log in with it, and promptly change your password.

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Getting Help

Email the Digital Media Lab at medialab@miami.edu for further assistance.

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My Control Panel

The Control Panel is your "home page" for the scheduling system. Here you can review, modify or delete your reservations. My Control Panel also includes a link to the Scheduler, a link to Edit Your Profile and an option to Log Out of the Scheduling System.

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My Quick Links

The Quick Links table will provide you with common application links. The first three links take you to the specified reservation calendar. Here you can view the resource schedule, reserve resources, and edit your current reservations.

"My Calendar" will bring you to a calendar view of the reservations that you have scheduled. This can be viewed by day, week or month.

"Change Profile" will navigate to a page allowing you to edit your personal information, such as login email address, name, phone number and password. All of your information will be filled in for you. Blank and unchanged values will not be altered.

"My Email Preferences" will take you to a page where you can choose how and when you want to be contacted regarding your scheduler usage. By default, you will recieve HTML email alerts any time you add, edit or delete a reservation.

The final link, "Log Out" will log you out of your current session and return you to the log in screen.

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My Announcements

This table will list any announcements that the system administrator feels are important.

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My Reservations

The My Reservations table shows all of your upcoming reservations starting with today (by default). This table will list each reservation's Date, Resource, Date/Time of its creation, Date/Time of its last modification, Start Time and End Time. From this table you can also modify a reservation or delete it, simply by clicking on the "Modify" or "Delete" link at the end of the respective reservation's row. Both of these options will bring up a pop-up box where you can confirm your reservation changes. Clicking on a reservation's date will bring up a new window where you can view the reservation's details.

To sort your reservations by a specific column, click on the – or + link at the top of the column. The minus sign will sort your reservations in descending order by that column name, the plus sign will sort your reservations in ascending order by that column name.

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Using the Scheduler

The scheduler is where you can perform all resource scheduling functions. The week displayed begins with the current day and extends for 7 days. Here you can view resource schedules, reserve resources, and edit your current reservations. Reservations will be color coded and all will be shown, but only your reservations will provide a link to edit the reservation. All other reservations will only provide a link to view them.

You can change calendars by going back to the My Control Panel, and selecting the appropriate Reserve link in My Quick Links.

The system administrator can specify times that are "blacked out", or determined to be unavailable by the admin. Reservations will not be placed if they conflict with a blackout time.

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Read-Only Version

If you have not yet registered or logged in, you can view a read-only version of the schedule by clicking on the "Read-Only Schedule" link on the login page. This version of the schedule will show you all resources and reservations, but you will not be able to see any details about them nor will you be able to place reservations.

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Making a Reservation

To reserve a resource, first navigate to the table for the day you wish to make the reservation on. Once you have located the table for the requested day, click on the resource name. This will bring up a pop-up window where you can select the start and end days (if allowed) and times you wish to reserve the selected resource for.

There will be a message below the time selection informing you of how long a reservation for this resource can be. If your reservation is greater than this allowed time, it will not be accepted.

You can add a summary of this reservation by filling out the summary text box. This summary will then be available for the adminstrator to read.

After setting correct beginning and ending days/times for the reservation, press the "Submit" button. A message will appear if the reservation was not successful, informing you of the date(s) that were not successful. If not successful, go back and edit the requested times so that they do not overlap with another current reservation. After your reservation has been successfully made, the schedule will automatically refresh. This is required to reload all reservation information from the database.

You cannot reserve a resource for a date that has passed, for a resource that you have not been given permission to use or for a resource that is currently inactive. These resources will be grayed out and will not provide a reservation link.

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Modifying/Deleting a Reservation

There are multiple ways to modify or delete a reservation. One is from My Control Panel as described above. The other is through the online scheduler. As previously noted, only you will be able to modify your reservations. All other reservations will be shown, but will not provide a link to edit them.

To edit a reservation through the scheduler, simply click on the reservation you wish to change. This will bring up a pop-up window very similar to the Reservation window. You have 2 choices; you can either modify the starting and ending times of the reservation, or you can click the "Cancel this reservation?" check box. After making your modifications, press the "Modify" button at the bottom of the form. Your new options will be evaluated against current reservations and a message will appear letting you know the status of your modification. If you need to change times, go back to the modification window and select new times which do not overlap other reservations. After your reservation has been successfully modified, the schedule will automatically refresh.

You cannot edit a reservation for a date that has passed.

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Navigating the Scheduler

There are many ways to navigate to dates in the scheduler.

Move week by week using the "Previous Week" and "Next Week" links at the bottom of the scheduler.

Jump to any date by entering it in the form at the bottom of the scheduler.

Bring up a navigational calendar by clicking the "View Calendar" link at the bottom of the scheduler. Find your desired date and click on it to move the scheduler to that date.

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