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NEWS: Register for Member Updates

Join PrairieCat staff and your neighboring PrairieCat libraries to hear the latest from PrairieCat.
All PrairieCat member libraries are encouraged to attend. (Register in L2.)

Monday, March 25 (1:30-3:30 PM) - LaSalle PL
Tuesday, March 26 (9:00-11:00 AM) - Moline PL
Tuesday, March 26 (1:30-3:30 PM) - New Lenox PLD
Wednesday, March 27 (9:30-11:30 AM) - Byron PLD
Wednesday, March 27 (1:30-3:30 PM) - Stockton PL
Thursday, March 28 (9:30-11:30 AM) - Sycamore PL
Thursday, March 28 (1:30-3:30 PM) - Woodstock PL
Friday, March 29 (1:30-3:30 PM) - Robert Rowe PLD

NEWS: PrairieCat Technical Services Committee will be meeting Thursday, February 14th, 2019

ACTION:  Informational

PrairieCat Technical Services Committee will be meeting Thursday, February 14th, 9:30a – 11:00a via GoTo Training.


To register for GoTo, please visit: Registration URL: 

Registration URL:

Training ID: 470-508-460

Participants can use their computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP) or telephone.

United States
Long Distance: +1 (510) 365-3332 
Access Code: 886-632-267 

Please contact Magda Bonny at magda [dot] bonny [at] railslibraries [dot] info with any questions. 

Draft copy of PC MARC/MARC-Lite Catalogers Meeting 10/18/2018

The draft copy of the 10/18/2018 PrairieCat MARC.MARC-Lite Catalogers Meeting minutes have now been posted.

TRAINING: Decision Center Class for Thursday, Jan 31 Has Been Cancelled

The Decision Center class scheduled for Thursday, Jan 31, at 2 pm, has been cancelled due to weather delays and cancellations. The next Decision Center class is scheduled for February 19 at 10:00 a.m.  Thank you for your understanding.

NEWS: PrairieCat Offices Closed Wednesday, January 30

Due to the expected inclement weather on Wednesday, January 30, all PrairieCat offices will be closed. Staff will be on-call for emergencies at 877-542-7257.

TRAINING: Did You Know, December 2018 - Limiting Searches to Your Library or Area Libraries

This month's Did You Know explains how you can limit search results in Sierra or Encore using a simple b: or c: code added to your keyword search terms.  Multi-site libraries can limit to all the buildings in their agencies, or libraries can search their area where geographic scopes are available. Check it out! 

TRAINING: Did You Know, November 2018 - Using the Hold Note Field

This month's Did You Know highlights the optional Hold Note field in hold records.  If you've never used a Hold Note, check out the document for some tips!