PrairieCat News

NEWS: RAILS Delivery Updates

Action Required to Request Delivery Service

RAILS Delivery Updates
RAILS announced their plan for the resumption of delivery service, with full delivery service for libraries that opt in resuming 6/29.  Please note:

NEWS: Administrative Council Meeting Moved Online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PrairieCat Administrative Council has moved the June 5, 2020 meeting to the online meeting platform Zoom. Attendees can pre-register here: 

Meeting agenda is posted here:

NEWS: Update your L2 Account

Action: Action Required

Please read this message from RAILS about the new L2 site, and share with your library staff and trustees:

The launch of the new Library Directory & Learning Calendar (L2) is tentatively planned for mid-August, and we need you to act now. 

NEWS: RAILS Delivery Plan Announced

RAILS has just announced their plan for the resumption of delivery service, with full delivery service resuming 6/29 to libraries that opt in.  Please read the plan in full as libraries need to contact the delivery help desk to opt in. The plan can be found on their COVID-19 page here:

NEWS: PrairieCat is Hiring | HR and Administrative Assistant

Position has been filled (6/26/2020)

Human Resources and Administrative Assistant
Full Time: 37.5 hours/week
Salary: $19.48-$24.35/hour, depending on qualifications

NEWS: New Hold Shelf Print Template - Patron Notification

Example: C19 Hold Shelf Slip

Action: Informational (Use New Template)

PrairieCat staff created a new hold shelf slip print template named C19HOLDSLP. The new C19HOLDSLP template will produce full patron name, barcode, and phone number (see attached example). This modification should streamline the patron notification if your library needs to manually notify patrons. To protect patron confidentiality, keep materials with these hold slips in a non-public space. The template can be found in the Sierra Print Templates / Holdshelf Slips.

NEWS: PrairieCat Holiday Closure - Memorial Day

ACTION:  Informational

On Monday May 25, 2020 PrairieCat will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

Memorial Day is a holiday for PrairieCat staff so there will be no on-call support on Memorial Day.

Support issues should be conveyed via the Help Desk app by submitting a ticket which will be addressed the next working day.

NEWS: Capira Mobile App - Curbside Feature

ACTION: Informational

Capira is going to release a new curbside functionality. Even if you are not a library that opted in for the Capira mobile app, you can use the curbside module as a web-based application for your patrons. Register for the demo on 5/21/20 here:

NEWS: New Resources on COVID-19 Page

Action: Informational

Visit the additional resources section of the Coronavirus Resources and Plan page for sample reopening plans from PrairieCat libraries and other libraries. Also, see example circulation workflows and materials handling guidelines from other libraries. 

TRAINING: Webinar - Building Resilient Communities Online and In Person

Action: Informational

Looking for some continuing education opportunities? Join colleagues from the Gail Borden PL for a webinar on Building Resilient Communities: Online and In Person on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 11:00am - 12:30pm CT. Presenters will have ideas to share with rural libraries as well as suburban and city libraries. Also, presenters will be happy to connect during the question/answer segment!