PrairieCat News

NEWS: PC Member Meetup: COVID-19 Concerns and Discussion

Join PrairieCat member libraries to discuss how your library is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an informal discussion about the concerns libraries are facing during the Illinois Stay-at-Home order and how to best restore services once the order is lifted. Hear from your colleagues on what they are doing to continue services and address concerns. The discussion will be moderated by PrairieCat Director Carolyn Coulter and Emily Porter, director at the Byron Public Library and Administrative Council member.

NEWS: April 29 Delegates Assembly Online Only

Due to the circumstances, the Delegates Assembly meeting on April 29 will be online only. The meeting will be held via Zoom meetings. Participation in Delegates Assembly is required for Delegates or Alternates from each Fully Participating or Basic Online member of PrairieCat, and the four Union List reps. Please register on L2 at: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=29182

NEWS: PC MARC / MARC Trainees Catalogers Meeting Thursday, April 9th, 2020 CANCELLED

ACTION: Informational

Hello!

The MARC / MARC Trainees Catalogers Meeting meeting schedule for Thursday, April 9th, 2020 has been cancelled.    Next scheduled meeting will be Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 11 a.m.  If you have anything you’d like to see added to the agenda, please contact Sandy Tedder (sandy.tedder@railslibraries.info)

NEWS: PC Technical Services Committee meeting Thursday, April 9th, 2020 CANCELLED

ACTION: Informational

Hello!

I hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe!

The Technical Services Committee meeting schedule for Thursday, April 9th, 2020 has been cancelled.    Next scheduled meeting will be Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 9:30 a.m.  If you have anything you’d like to see added to the agenda, please contact Sandy Tedder (sandy.tedder@railslibraries.info)

Register in advance for this meeting:

NEWS: PrairieCat Member Updates - Spring 2020 Recording

ACTION: Informational

Below you’ll find the link to the PrairieCat Member Updates - Spring 2020 Webinar

Meeting Recording:

https://railslibraries.zoom.us/rec/share/tMVfMbCr0W1JfY3E437mSrQZIrjvX6a813Ud__MJzRrVzPH-HxmwCzDj6VE7Dnmh

You can find the meeting PowerPoint and handout attached.

NEWS: Administrative Council Meeting Moved Online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PrairieCat Administrative Council has moved the April 3, 2020 meeting to the online meeting platform Zoom. Attendees can pre-register here: https://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=29085

Governor Issues Executive Order Authorizing Electronic Meetings Under OMA

NEWS: PrairieCat Covid-19 Updates

ACTION: Informational/Immediate

Due to an attempt to balance the needs of consortium member libraries and system limitations, the following decisions have been made and are effective March 17, 2020:

Holds

  • Holds requests will be suspended from close of business March 16-March 31
  • Pending hold requests made before March 17 will be addressed after March 31

Library Closures

NEWS: IMPORTANT! How to Process Holds

ACTION: Immediate

Currently, PrairieCat has nearly 30 libraries that have closed or will be closing this coming week. Some libraries have closed completely and other libraries will be closed but will continue to accept RAILS delivery and to process their paging lists.

UPDATE: 2019 Novel Coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic information

Action: Informational (High Priority)

PrairieCat has created resources to help members prepare and respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic. As this situation is developing quickly, we will continue to monitor the outbreak and adjust as needed. Please visit the PrairieCat support site for the most recent information from PrairieCat: https://support.prairiecat.info/coronavirus

NEWS: Register for Member Updates

ACTION: Informational

Register in L2 to attend.

Join PrairieCat staff and your neighboring PrairieCat libraries to hear the latest from PrairieCat. All PrairieCat member library staff are encouraged to attend.

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