The PrairieCat Training Committee has prepared a survey to gather information on member training needs. Results will help determine what tools or training classes the Committee or PrairieCat staff should work on to fill training needs for member staff or end users. Multiple responses from any library are welcomed, so please share the link with any staff and encourage them to participate. Responses are appreciated by May 22, 2016. Thank you in advance for your participation.
We have been given the go ahead for the 8 QC libraries to go live on Cataloging, Serials and Acquisitions as of today. The bibliographic record and item load for these libraries is now complete. Please refer to the FAQ previously distributed for more specific information. As stated in that document, we are well aware that we need to complete volume linking for these libraries' items, and a whole team is working on that project as we speak.
A Sierra Cataloging Item Entry class has been scheduled forFriday, May 6, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM) @ the Rockford Service Center.
This class is designed to provide staff of PrairieCat libraries with a basic understanding of the capabilities of the Cataloging module as well as an overview of navigating through the cataloging functionality in the Sierra client. Topics include creating, editing, and removing item records. Basic matching of bibliographic records will also be covered.
Several people asked for the presentation slides that Leif Pedersen from III shared at Delegates Assembly yesterday. The PowerPoint presentation is attached. We hope that you enjoyed the presentation and have a better idea of the direction that III is taking in the future.
FY17 OCLC renewal agreements were mailed this week. Signed agreements are due back to the State Library by June 30, 2016. OCLC membership is required for all PrairieCat members so all PrairieCat members should be signing and returning their contract. Please remember that OCLC fees for Fully Participating and Basic Online members are incorporated into their PrairieCat fees. Union List members are billed directly for OCLC services, and those invoices will be distributed by the Illinois Heartland Library System later this year.
We have created the attached timeline and FAQ document because the next few months will be very busy with new libraries coming online on PrairieCat, and several libraries withdrawing from membership. Please share this document with all staff. Please post any questions to the mailing lists, or bring them to the user group meetings in May.
It's that time of year again, and paging lists for schools will be turned off as of April 11, 2016. As of that date school library materials will not be holdable until paging lists resume in the fall. School will still be able to request materials to fill last requests for the school year. But, everyone should work on getting school materials returned before the end of the school year, and likewise school staff should work to ensure that materials are returned to other PrairieCat libraries before the end of the school year.