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We used the cash registers for our last book fair (and I have used them in
previous ones since 2002).  None of them proved to be too complicated;
however, I do recommend that you create a very descriptive directions page
to share with your workers BEFORE they start their shift---and if possible,
allow them to each try using the cash register before the book fair begins,
just to get the hang of it.

I programmed our cash register over the weekend just before the book fair
started on Monday and then took photos (using my iPhone) of the keyboard,
the various keys to be used during a transaction, and then created a
step-by-step directional flier of how to perform a cash transaction, a check
transaction, and a credit card transaction.  I inserted the digital images
that I took of the cash register to the Word Document / Flier next to the
directions that referred to a specific task.  (Aside from creating a
mini-tutorial using PhotoStory, this actually worked very well for the
majority of my volunteers.)

Generally, you'll find that there is a slot that is in the front part of the
cash drawer that can be used to slip the checks into the cash register
drawer without opening the register.  I'm not sure if this is where you
found the missing checks, but most cash registers have this feature.

Another thing that I found to be very useful is to ask the volunteers if
they have had ANY retail sales experience (working with a cash register).
Those who have had that experience are then scheduled alongside those who
may not have had the experience.  These individuals usually get the swing of
the cash register pretty fast and can train others in how to use it without
you needing to be there to help each group when they arrive to work.  The
more information you can give them BEFORE the actual book fair, the better
prepared they are to handle the minor problems without you needing to hover
over them.


Shonda Brisco
Assistant Professor / Curriculum Materials Librarian
Mary L. Williams Curriculum Materials Library
001 Willard Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

"Digital Resources" columnist
School Library Journal

"It is more than ironic that school districts are willing to spend
hundreds of thousands of dollars on reading programs and staff
development which have had limited success in boosting test scores,
but are unwilling to invest in school library programs that show direct
correlations to student success."

~ Douglas Achterman,  2008 Study of California School Libraries

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