If your IT support department provides loaner equipment, it's important to effectively track and manage that equipment. Failure to do so puts your equipment and the safety of your organization's computer systems at risk. All help desks should have a clearly defined process through which end users can request loaner equipment. A critical part of such a process is either a paper or online form that end users can use to make their requests. It should clearly explain your company's policy regarding financial responsibility for borrowed equipment and provide a means for the help desk to track equipment returns.
Our laptop check-out form was such a hit with TechRepublic members that we wanted to expand this concept and provide members a form that covers not only laptops, but also desktops, printers, scanners, projectors, and other devices. We also wanted to provide a form that members could use to check-in the equipment they loan out. The forms within this download do just that and are based on a submission from TechRepublic member Ed VanDenburgh.
These hardware check-out/check-in forms collect several pieces of important information, including:
- Type of equipment checked-out/checked-in (e.g., desktop, monitor, mouse, keyboard, laptop, docking station, laptop accessories, printer, PDA, KVM switch, router/hub, scanner, external CD/CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM drive, camera, projector, or custom cables)
- Model number
- Asset tag number
- Serial number
- Borrower's name, phone number, and department
- Borrower's signature
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