Implementing an automated inventory management solution at your district is the first step to achieving your inventory management goals. But to get the results you want, you can’t stop there.
Setting the stage for success starts with ensuring new policies and procedures to achieve your future goals become a part of your district’s culture. One of the most important parts of this process is assigning roles and responsibilities to employees in your district who contribute to inventory control.
Outline these roles on a quick worksheet to help you effectively perform the change management process in your district. Filling out this worksheet will involve other departments and school staff within your district, so use this project as a chance to reach out to them so they will understand how their role in inventory control contributes to student success.
We love talking to districts about their unique inventory management challenges and needs. These conversations have taught us that there are some definite signs that indicate when a district’s inventory control spreadsheet days are (or should be!) over.
Do these signs sound a little too familiar?
Manual processes have staff stressed out.
You feel like you’re doing the work of a dozen people.
The system used for barcoding your instructional materials can greatly affect the efficiency of your campuses, warehouse, and district as a whole. There are two widely adopted methodologies to automate textbook inventory management: single-barcode and dual-barcode. The single-barcode approach focuses on reporting details about a specific book, whereas the dual-barcode approach is more suitable for generating details about inventory counts.
Technology in the classroom has evolved from being an unproven cost to a medium that enables learning, prompting large increases in IT hardware investments in school districts. As a result, districts have seen an influx of assets that are no longer “fixed,” thus proper IT Asset Management has become a high priority in optimizing financial management and compliance for these investments. To manage an asset effectively, it is important to understand the life-cycle of use of that asset from when it is acquired to the moment it’s disposed of. Doing so allows for the understanding of the total cost associated with that asset and how it supports key learning initiatives.
What is the reason for efficient textbook management for a K-12 school district? When it comes down to it, the end goal is student success. Remembering this goal is crucial to define the purpose of textbook management: To create an efficient process to get the right resources into the hands of students and teachers as quickly as possible.