This is a sample record from a periodicals management database that lets the librarian keep track of subscription status and whether all the required issues of a periodical have arrived. It generates automatic claims for missing issues, which was formerly an onerous part of the librarian’s work.

The Cardbox user who sent us this example has also set up other databases and tied them together with a macro that daily checks all databases for late orders, late loans, missing periodical issues etc, and generates for each staff member a list of their outstanding queries.