Measuring Inventory Management Effectiveness: 5 Metrics You Need to Track

By Sara Arthrell With the influx of technology at your campuses each year, it’s crucial to measure how effective your processes are for managing these devices rather than just assuming your policies are working. Each decision you make should be informed by data, and the result of these efforts should be cataloged for future reference. When managing an asset inventory… Read More

What Your District Needs to Know About Property Insurance

By Adam Rosenfield Are you prepared if a major disaster hits your school district? Your district is full of valuables within the walls of each building, millions of dollars’ worth of assets and materials. So if a disaster strikes, knowing exactly what you have could save your district a lot of money. The first thing you’ll need to do if… Read More

EDGAR: What You Need to Know

By Jessica Zaleski There are a lot of rules to remember when it comes to EDGAR (Education Department General Administrative Regulations), and you particularly care about how this impacts inventory and technology. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released new regulations in December of 2014 that affected EDGAR. In short, EDGAR is a structure that is used to ensure… Read More

6 Inventory System Integration Trends You Need to Know About – Part Two: Systems Management Software

By Jessica Zaleski In part two of our six-part series on inventory system integration trends, we will discuss ways your systems management and inventory management software can be valuable complements to each other by helping reduce manual data entry and increase information transparency of laptops, tablets, desktops, and smartphones. Others systems we’ll be addressing in our series include purchasing, fixed… Read More

3 Inventory Management Onboarding Best Practices From District Textbook Coordinators

By Jessica Zaleski Making sure your district inventory management procedures are followed starts at the beginning of the year. The first few weeks of the school year are the perfect time to help your new inventory management employees understand your district’s culture and your expectations as a textbook coordinator. To start the year off on the right foot, we recommend you… Read More

5 Inventory Management Implementation Tips Straight From Tyler ISD’s Instructional Technology Specialist

By Jessica Zaleski An effective inventory management system can automate processes and result in more accurate data, improved staff satisfaction, and more efficient buying. Getting to that place is dependent on having clean data and coordinated processes, which can be difficult with legacy systems and piecemeal procedures. The key to success is effectively making the move from those antiquated tracking… Read More

5 End of School Year Tips for Successful Textbook Inventory Management

By Jessica Zaleski As the semester winds down, school district instructional materials coordinators begin looking ahead to their end of year processes. With everything that your campuses need to complete this time of year, you may start to feel overwhelmed about getting your coordinators to quickly accomplish these processes. But fear not! We’ve compiled a list of best practices that… Read More

6 Inventory System Integration Trends You Need to Know About – Part One: Help Desk

By Jessica Zaleski Welcome to part one of a six part series about inventory system integration trends! There are opportunities to increase the accuracy of inventory information accessible by district- and school-level staff simply by interfacing systems like your purchasing, fixed asset, systems management, help desk, cash management, and network management that may all hold valuable asset data. In this installment, we'll… Read More

Barcodes: Necessary Feature or Textbook Inventory Management Roadblock?

By Jessica Zaleski There are important situations where barcode scanning is an important feature for your inventory management solution. In a school where textbooks are individually assigned to students or teachers, it is critical for accountability to have the capability to identify each individual book and its “owner” by the unique barcode number. This link means that when materials are… Read More

5 Best Practices We’ve Learned From District Textbook Coordinators

By Jessica Zaleski We recently had the pleasure of joining a group of district-level textbook coordinators for a user group meeting in Virginia. Attended by TIPWeb-IM users from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, these textbook coordinators (whose districts range in size from 15 campuses to 150) shared their best ideas and practices that help them manage their inventories. They also collaborated on… Read More