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PrairieCat Launches New Emergency Notification Tool!!

Please Act Now & Stay in the Know!

 Our current PrairieCat emergency notification tool, PC Chat, is being replaced. The new product is called NetSupport Notify, or in short, NSN.

 NSN will be PrairieCat’s staff emergency broadcasting tool.  PrairieCat staff will use this tool to send out emergency messages that pertain to system issues/outages that could affect multiple locations.

 April 15, 2017 is the date we will shut down PC Chat. Please have NSN installed by then on any workstation that has Sierra installed, so all staff can be informed of any critical PrairieCat issue.

 Please see the attached pdf for install instructions.

PrairieCat Strategic Planning Process

Strategic planning helps to chart the way forward for our organization. Let your voice be heard by participating in a Planning with PrairieCat meeting in March. Register in L2 for one of the seven sessions. 

  • Friday, March 3, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Princeton Public Library (register in L2)
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Moline Public Library (register in L2)
  • Friday, March 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Bourbonnais Public Library (register in L2)
  • Friday, March 17, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Stockton Township Public Library (register in L2)
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Byron Public Library (register in L2)
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1:30 p.m., Genoa Public Library (register in L2)
  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 1:00 p.m., Seneca Public Library (register in L2)



Tip of the Month – Adding a Web Message to a Patron’s Account

This month's Tip of the Month reviews tips for adding a “web message” to a patron’s account in My Account. This is a useful way to let the patron know they need to provide library staff with updated information, or they have forgotten something at the library, etc. Click here for a document on how to add a Web Message to a patron’s record. 

A change has recently been made to the categories on the Resources page of the PrairieCat support website, at the suggestion of the Training Committee. They asked that the Tips of the Month be separated into their own category and arranged alphabetically by topic instead of by date.  They also asked that the “official” PrairieCat training manuals be put in their own category so they are easy to find.  Check out all the resources available at: A big thank you to the Training Committee for their continued work on training resources for staff and patrons!


February Long Intransit items

The February 2017 Long Intransit listing is now available in the Statistics & Reports section of the Support Site. The report contains your items that have been Intransit from 2013 to January 1, 2017. There are 1250 items on the report for this month, a DECREASE from 1299 items on the January report. Great job!!

File statistics:

273 new items in transit, compared to 316 new items on the last report.

163 of the 316 new items from the last report are still listed.

The 1 lonely item Intransit from 2012 has been located! GREAT JOB!

21 items remain Intransit from the 2013, DOWN 1 from last month.

59 items remain Intransit from 2014, DOWN 4 from last month.

205 items remain Intransit from 2015, DOWN 13 from last month.

965 items remain Intransit from 2016, DOWN 33 from last month.

When you find an item on this list, check it in in Sierra to remove the Intransit Status. If you do not find the item, you could:

  • contact the sending library to see if the item might have been shelved at their library?
  • post a message to the PrairieCat Circulation and Union List mailing lists to ask others to check their shelves in the event the item was incorrectly delivered and shelved without being checked in. In your email include the author, title, your call number, your item barcode number and the name of a contact at your library if there are questions. The mailing list addresses are: circ [at] mailman [dot] prairiecat [dot] info (PrairieCat Circulation) (circ @ mailman dot prairiecat dot info) and pcgroup-union [at] prairiecat [dot] info (PrairieCat Union List) (pcgroup-union @ mailman dot prairiecat dot info)

If you have any questions, please open a PrairieCat HelpDesk ticket with the appropriate information.

PrairieCat training sessions

The following PrairieCat training sessions are offered On Demand and in-person at the three RAILS Service Centers (Bolingbrook, Coal Valley and Rockford):

  • Sierra Cataloging Item Entry
  • Sierra Serials Basic
  • Sierra Serials Intermediate
  • Sierra Create List

The following PrairieCat training session is offered On Demand via GoTo Training:

  • Union List Circulation / Encore Overview

On Demand training classes are scheduled based on the needs of the member requesting the class, but will then be added to L2 and announced to the PrairieCat membership for any other interested attendees to register. 

To request On Demand training, visit the PrairieCat Support website to find the On Demand training form

Sierra Cataloging Item Entry class has been scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2017 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) @ the Bolingbrook Service Center.

A Sierra Cataloging Item Entry class has been scheduled for Friday, February 10, 2017 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) @ the Bolingbrook Service Center.


PrairieCat Sierra Cataloging Item Entry Class

February 10, 2017
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
RAILS Bolingbrook Training Room
Who should attend: Fully Participating, Basic Online & Union List library staff

Completing Sierra Essentials is a prerequisite for all other Sierra training classes. Taught via GoToTraining  (web meeting software) 


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.


This class is the first step towards barcode certification for PrairieCat. Once this class is completed, a temporary named login will be assigned to the staff member which is valid for six months. Once the Barcode Certification test is passed, the named login will be made permanent


If you wish to attend please register in L2.  You must be signed in to view/register class.


Sandy Tedder

PrairieCat Cataloging and Database Coordinator
Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Bolingbrook Office

RAILS toll-free #: 866-940-4081 x4198

PrairieCat Toll-free #: 877-542-7257
Direct line: 779.205.4198
Fax: 815-886-5651
sandy [dot] tedder [at] railslibraries [dot] info

PrairieCat support:

DA Brief - January 25, 2017

Did you miss Delegates Assembly? Or want to review what happened? Check out this one page Delegates Assembly brief. The minutes will be approved at the next meeting, then posted as usual.