OPLIN offers a free service that allows libraries to send notification messages directly to patrons' cellphones via standard Short Message Service (SMS) "text messages" instead of sending messages to their email accounts.
To use the service, you should ask a patron if they wish to receive messages by cell phone instead of by email; their normal text messaging charges will apply. (There is no cost to the library.)
If they want cell phone messages, you will enter their email address in your ILS as <cellphone_number>@sms.oplin.org.
email@example.com the email field of their patron record. Notifications will now be sent to their cell phone rather than to their normal email address.
If you would like notices of errors and patron STOP requests via email, please let us know which email address the messages should go to.
By default nothing is done with patron replies. To change this let us know which email address you would like the replies forwarded to, or provide us with a message you'd rather be texted back to the patron.
The OPLIN SMS system accepts notices 24 hours a day, but only sends text messages between 9 AM and 9 PM. This is to allow libraries to continue sending email notices in the middle of the night, without possibly waking up patrons who keep their phones on the night stand.
All notifications sent to patrons' cell phones will be limited to 152 characters, which is the maximum length of a single text message, so your standard notification language must include all important information (library name, phone number, etc.) within those 152 characters.
The OPLIN SMS system uses *** as its delimiter to determine what text from your regular email messages will be sent to people's cell phones.
The Microsoft SMTP daemon typically uses an encoding for plain text that can cause "=" to appear at the end of lines. The OPLIN SMS system automatically strips those unwanted characters from your message.
The system also strips out any carriage returns or new-line codes that may be embedded in your message, so your message is formatted for optimum cell phone display.
The system automatically handles any base64 encoded email.
Contact OPLIN Support (http://support.oplin.org).