Try-It! Illinois is a popular annual statewide electronic database trial that is available October 1 - November 30. The trial has added eight new vendors and offers more than 4,000 ILLINET member libraries, their staffs and patrons an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to a collaboration between the State Library and the participating vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.
Louise Svehla, the RAILS Consulting and Continuing Education Specialist, invites all cataloging staff to attend another RAILS sponsored FREE cataloging webinar. The next webinar is entitled "Linked Data for Libraries: What? Why? How?" and will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This webinar will be presented by Emily Nimsakont, Head of Cataloging and Resource Management at University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Schmid Law Library.
A friendly reminder that the subject line of your email must include your library's four letter delivery code, the text OCMLIST and the month, date and year in YYMMDD format. Many members are submitting their files without dates. See attached for Technical Bulletin for full instructions.
This month there are 349 items on the Old Claims Returned report compared to 362 items on the August report. September represents the third month in a row this report has DECREASED. Great job!! This report, which can be found in the September Statistics and Reports section of the PrairieCat support website, contains items that have had a status of Claims Returned for 90 days or longer.
We have run and posted the forth "Old Missing" report since we migrated to Sierra. This report is available in the September Statistics and Reports section of the PrairieCat support website. It represents items that have been in a status of missing since December 1, 2014 or before, so nine months or more. This month there are 7,056 items on the report, 110 more than were on the report in August (6,946).
Library Director Deborah Wunsch and her staff are excited to announce that the Elizabeth Township PL is reopening today following a 3-week closure for painting and the installation of new carpeting. Before the work could begin the building was emptied, not a trash can was left! The only fixtures left in the building were the shelving units that are attached to the exterior walls and the light fixtures and ceiling fans.
All PrairieCat members receive an allocation of free original catalogings by PrairieCat catalogers each year. The number of catalogings allocated is based on your membership level. Libraries in the process of completing a membership upgrade get additional free catalogings while they are completing that process. The list of FY16 original cataloging allotments is now posted on the support website.
PrairieCat will begin using a new software for our support Help Desk as of Monday, August 24. The software is called OTRS. Please see the attached handout on how to use OTRS. The URL for the new Help Desk is: