3 Secrets to Success from an Inventory Champion

By Greg Wright When your district invests in an inventory system, the success of your technology adoption depends mainly on its users. Staff must use the system regularly for the system’s data to be accurate and provide value. We recommend that school districts have an inventory “champion” who continually encourages and educates staff to use the system effectively. Greg Wright,… Read More

3 Strategies to Make Inventory Management a Daily Habit for Your Staff

By Morgane Le Marchand Nick DePauw, Director of Information Technology at Patterson School District in northern California, knows the challenges of keeping inventory data clean. With 8 campuses, 3 district sites, and over 6,200 students, DePauw oversees over 14,000 assets in the district. In this guest blog post, he shares his tips for motivating district and campus staff to execute daily… Read More

4 Reasons Your Homegrown Inventory Management System Will Fail

Your homegrown inventory management system isn't a sustainable solution. By Emily Frazier You’ve put a lot of time and effort into your homegrown inventory management system. You built it because your district didn’t find existing software that met your unique needs. However, while the advantages of a custom-designed system can be alluring at first, the risks and costs over time… Read More

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

6 Tips for Creating an Instructional Material Procedure Manual at Your School District

By Jessica Zaleski When it comes to managing instructional materials, it takes a team of people to keep everything running smoothly. As you start to plan for next year, one way to improve instructional material management efficiency is clearly defining and communicating policies and procedures through a manual you distribute to your staff. We’ve enlisted Cherie Crews, the District Instructional Resources Specialist… 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

Psych 101: Updating your District Asset Inventory Practices

By Anna Maxin Many districts are feeling the pain of outdated asset management processes and procedures, utilizing practices put in place before the days of highly mobile, low cost technology devices now considered necessary to our school and work days. These instructional changes can be an opportunity to address inventory problems that have been frustrating staff for years. It goes… Read More

5 Questions to Evaluate Your District’s Inventory Management Capabilities

By Anna Maxin Transferring, assigning, auditing and budgeting for instructional initiatives is a district-wide, all building, all department challenge.  Think of a typical school day. Assets are moving from room to room, person to person, and even building to building – How do school and department inventory spreadsheets and district financial asset systems keep up? Districts across the country are… Read More

Three Reasons Why Library Style Inventory Control Doesn’t Work for Textbooks

By Anna Maxin Providing the best possible learning environment for students is the primary objective of the 21st century classroom.  To accomplish this, schools must increase the effectiveness of every dollar spent on providing this educational experience.  Unfortunately, not all textbook inventory systems align with this goal and can unnecessarily increase the workload and cost for schools and districts. An efficient textbook… Read More