Congratulations to the Grant Park PL (GPBB-2) and the Richard A Mautino PL (RAMG-8) who have begun filling holds via the Paging List today.
These two Union Listing members are actively adding their collections to Sierra and having reached 25% of their collection being entered into Sierra, they can now begin filling holds. Once their collections are completely added to the database these libraries will become Basic Online members.
DeKalb Public Library has reached a milestone on their library construction project. The new addition to their library is about complete, so they will be closing from Monday, December 7 through Sunday, January 17, 2016 to move into the new part of the library. They will re-open on Monday, January 18, 2016.
PrairieCat User Groups Day 2016 has been scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2016, at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Mark your calendars, and much more information about the day will be shared closer to the event. The event is in L2 already if you would like to register now.
The PrairieCat Training Committee has been hard at work, and there are some new resources on the support website to highlight. We've resumed the Tip of the Month series (sorry for the break!) with a handout on using the Clear Expired Holds and Holdshelf function which all PrairieCat libraries should be using. There are also new bookmarks for patrons on how to sign up for text alerts and for reading history.
ILLINET member libraries* are reminded that the Secretary of State and the State Library fully subsidize access to the OCLC FirstSearch Base package subscription.
The FirstSearch base package databases include – WorldCat, Electronic books, ArchiveGrid, ArticleFirst, CAMIO Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, Electronic Collections Online (Abstract & Index), OAIster, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, WorldCat Dissertations and Theses, ERIC, GPO Monthly Catalog and MEDLINE.
The latest list of "Old Missing" items since we migrated to Sierra has been uploaded to the Support Site. The report will be found in the October Statistics and Reports section. It represents items that have been in a status of missing since January 1, 2015 or before (nine months or more). This month there are 6,614 items on the report, 442 LESS than were on the report in September (7,056).
The Old Claims Returned report, which can be found in the October Statistics and Reports section of the PrairieCat support website, contains items that have had a status of Claims Returned for 90 days or longer. This month there are 343 items on the report compared to 349 items on the September report.