Archive for March, 2012

Keep your users updated on their library transactions – Free Mobile Alerts from NewGenLib

March 13, 2012

Dear Patron:

What are mobile alerts? And why do we need them?
When the library users check out (issue), check in (return), renew or do any other circulation transaction, a SMS is sent to their mobile about that transaction.
These mobile alerts
– Provide a proof of transaction
– Enable quick communication to user about his/her account usage
– Boost the image of the library by providing such contemporary services

What changes must I do in my system to send mobile alerts?
a. In your C:/NewGenLibFiles/SystemFiles/ENV_VAR.txt(For Linux /usr/NewGenLibFiles/SystemFiles/ENV_VAR.txt) turn on your mobile alerts by setting MOBILE_ALERTS=YES

b. If there is file called SMS_URL in C:/NewGenLibFiles/SystemFiles delete it. Deleting this file will give you access to free mobile alert service provided by NewGenLib Open Source. If you have your own SMS provider subscription then you can define it in SMS_URL file.

c. In Patron creation/modification you will find a field called Phone-II, this field is reserved for mobile numbers. Enter the mobile number without any prefix. For example: If the mobile number is 9000688948, the right way to enter is 9000688948. And do not enter it as 09000688948 or +919000688948

d. Get a free subscription Id from Verus Solutions by sending your organisation details to

That is it, you are ready. When ever you check out or check in or do any other circulation transaction SMSs will be sent to the patron’s mobile.

Important points to remember
a. You must be using NewGenLib 3.0.3 U4 or later to avail this facility
b. Free SMS service is currently available in India only. Other countries should either define their SMS gateway information in SMS_URL file or use Twitter as medium

Upgrade to NewGenLib Open Source 3.0.3 U4 or Migrate to NewGenLib
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Contact details
Verus Solutions Private Limited, Plot no: 69, Krishnapuri Colony, West Marreddpally, Secunderabad – 500 0 26, India.
Phone: +91 40 27719161/62
Email: Website:

Wishing you a Happy Library Management

NewGenLib Open Source Team