[Libs-Or] Scheduling Software Libs-OR submission

Adam Carlson Adam.Carlson at mcminnvilleoregon.gov
Fri Nov 20 14:49:53 PST 2020

Hi Courtney,

We were looking for a similar thing to you a year or so ago after using Excel spreadsheets for years prior. After extensive research the closest two options we came up with were WhenToWork and SLING. Ultimately we chose SLING. It’s not perfect. It can be slow and doesn’t automate things as much as I’d like it to. But it can do what you’re looking for, I think. I will contact you directly with more information. But wanted to share with the group as others may be looking into this as well.

Adam Carlson
Circulation Supervisor
McMinnville Public Library
(503) 435-5556

From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at omls.oregon.gov> On Behalf Of Courtney Koch
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2020 11:35 AM
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Subject: [Libs-Or] Scheduling Software Libs-OR submission

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    I am looking for suggestions on scheduling software. I help schedule a team of about 30, each day 10-20 staff work. Currently we have staff enter requests onto a Google Calendar and then we populate a Google Sheet with the vacation, training, etc, and specific tasks they do each day. We build the daily schedule off a template, so are not recreating everything each week. I like that you can easily see at a glance who is doing what each hour, but am hoping to find something that can automate more of the process.
     We have looked at products such as ClickUp, Sling, Shift by Microsoft Teams, When I Work, and Skedda. However, these all tend to schedule an entire shift and we are looking for something that can schedule tasks by the hours, such as reference desk, bookdrop, shelving, as well as input the data from Google Calendar.
     Does a magical product like this exist?! If you have any scheduling software you enjoy I'd love to hear what you use.
Courtney Koch
(Formerly Leach. My new last name is Koch, pronounced Cook)
Midland Library Assistant

Multnomah County Library
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