PrairieCat News

PrairieCat’s Barcode Assessment Preparation

PrairieCat’s Barcode Assessment Preparation


After taking PrairieCat’s Cataloging: Item Entry class, you should begin using your temporary named login to add item records or shadow someone.  It is also recommended to take online classes via Talent LMS ( (you’ll to sign up if you don’t already have an LMS account)  to review:


NEWS: 2020 Barcode Certification dates

Actional:  Informational


Dates for Barcode Certification have been scheduled on L2 for 2020.  


NEWS: Return on Investment Documents for FY19

Action: Informational

PrairieCat created a Return on Investment document to highlight the progress the organization made in FY19 ending in June 2019 and some of the ways your library benefited from membership in PrairieCat. This is an “at a glance” document that should be easy to share with your library’s board and stakeholders to emphasize the benefits of PrairieCat.

TRAINING: Did You Know, November 2019 - Using Create Lists to keep in touch with your patrons

ACTION: Informational

If you are familiar with Create Lists and you have Excel, Word, and Outlook, you can create reports in Sierra, format them in Excel, and then use the mail merge feature in Word to email your patrons for a variety of reasons. This month's Did You Know? explains how these notifications work.

NEWS: Sierra Cataloging Item Entry Class, Wed., December 4 9am-noon at RAILS Bolingbrook

ACTION: Informational

Calling all Union Listing, Basic Online and Fully Participating PrairieCat agencies in the RAILS Bolingbrook area

There will be a Sierra Cataloging Item Entry class taught Wednesday, December 4 9:00 am – Noon at the RAILS Bolingbrook Service Center.

TRAINING: Did You Know, October 2019 - How telephone notifications work

ACTION: Informational

PrairieCat uses the software product i-tiva to provide patrons with automated phone messages for available holds and first overdue notices. Please note this information applies only to phone notifications, not to text notifications. This month's Did You Know? explains how these notifications work.

TRAINING: Cataloging Item Entry Class added at the Coal Valley Service Center, Friday, November 15th, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00PM)

ACTION: Informational 


PrairieCat Sierra Cataloging Item Entry Class has been scheduled for Friday, November 15th, 2019 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ the Coal Valley Service Center.

Registration is now available for this class in L2 at:
Who should attend: Fully Participating, Basic Online & Union List library staff


News: PC Technical Services Committee Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT

ACTION: Informational

The PC Technical Services Committee will meet Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM in person @ Reddick Public Library.  We will also try to allow attendance via Zoom. 

The meetings are open meetings, so anyone is welcome to attend, but only the 11 members vote.

NEWS: PUG Day Survey

Action: Action Optional

ALL PrairieCat members are encouraged to take this short survey, even if you did not attend PUG Day. This helps with planning for next year! Use this link for the PUG Day survey:

Need a recap? PUG Day session handouts and presentations will be available on the PrairieCat support site after the event:  

Thanks you for your participation!

TRAINING: Basic Serials class scheduled for Friday, October 4th, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Action:  Informational

PrairieCat Sierra Beginning Serials class has been for Friday, October 4th, 2019 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. via Zoom.  

This training is designed as an introduction to the Serials module for all libraries to enter serial publications and manage their magazine subscriptions. It will provide participants with a basic understanding of the capabilities of the Serials module and an overview of navigating the Serials functionality, especially for serials with a regular publication cycle.


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