BCMobile - Modifying Channels

BCMobile - Modifying Channels

About

This article covers modifying your library's channel(s) in the BCMobile Content Management System (CMS) and is intended for MSC libraries that purchased an app template, specifically the staff who will be responsible for administering their library’s template.


What Is a Channel?

When a reader clicks Nearest Libraries or Library Information in the app, she will see the information you have entered in Channels, like library hours and website URL. Your list of channels will include each of your branches.
Bozeman's Library Information tab, list of branches, and information page

Modifying Channels

1. Select CHANNELS from the main menu.
Bozeman's Channels page listing its main branch and bookmobile

2. Click on the name of the library you wish to edit. 
3. Make all desired changes on the channel tabs (see below).
4. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

Channel Tabs

The Edit Channel page is organized by tabs across the screen.
Some of the fields within the tabs are not for use with our app (yet). The Solus CMS is used for other products outside of the SirsiDynix suite.

Active Schedule

If you would like specific information to display on your Library Information page for a limited time, you could create content and schedule it from the Channels page. Content actively scheduled on your channel will display on this first tab.
For more information on scheduling content, see BCMobile - Modifying Content.
Active Schedule tab on the Edit Channel page

All Schedules

Current and future scheduled content will display here.
All Schedules tab on the Edit Channel page

Mobile Channel Settings

This is the tab with your library hours, address, phone number, email address, and website URL.

You can add a Header Image to display at the top of your library information page, e.g. a picture of your library.
Mobile Channel Settings tab on the Edit Channel page with header image highlightedExample of adding a header image to a library's channel.
Header image display from the appExample of how the header image displays in the app.
If you change your hours here, remember to open a ticket, too, so we can update hours elsewhere throughout our product package (Enterprise, Symphony, BC Central).

Hours must be entered using military time. The app will use the information here to tell the patron whether the library is opened or closed and the next available open hour.
Branch closed and open information as displayed in the app

You also have the option to disable the hours display entirely if you have irregular hours, e.g. on a bookmobile. 

To display information beneath the hours container, you can enter it in the Description Text field, e.g. a link to Bozeman’s COVID-19 hours. You can either use the WYSIWIG editor or click the </> to edit the html source directly.
Description text field containing a linkExample of adding a link to more info in a library's channel.

Link to more information as displayed in the appHow the link displays in the app - below the hours container.

Diagnostics

Not presently in use.

Categories

Not presently in use.

Circulation

Information on this tab can be used to configure the app for self-check. Please open a ticket if this is of interest as we will need to configure a SIP2 port. Do not change anything on this tab.

Location

This tab includes your building's GPS coordinates, which are used for directions and also for the geolocation that restricts self-check.
If your physical address changes, remember to open a ticket so we can change your address elsewhere in the system.

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