PrairieCat News

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:

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 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:

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.

Training: Did You Know, February 2020 - How Sierra Circulation Works (the Ultimate Guide!)

Wondering how Sierra Circulation works? This month's Did You Know? is your ultimate guide to Sierra Circulation!

TRAINING: PrairieCat Sierra Beginning Serials​ added via Zoom

ACTION:  Informational

A PrairieCat Sierra Beginning Serials​ has been added for Monday, March 9, 2029  from 9:30-12:30 via Zoom. 

Register in advance for this meeting: click here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

NEWS: PrairieCat is Hiring | Training and Outreach Coordinator

Position has been filled

Training and Outreach Coordinator
Full Time: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: $50,628-$63,285/year, depending on qualifications

PrairieCat has offices in Coal Valley, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. This position may work from either location. 

NEWS: PrairieCat is Hiring | Senior Systems Specialist

Position has been filled 

PrairieCat Senior Systems Specialist
Full Time: 37.5 hours per week
Salary: $21.16-$26.46/hour, depending on qualifications

PrairieCat has offices in Coal Valley, IL and Bolingbrook, IL. This position may work from either location. 

TRAINING: Circulation 1 Class; Monday, February 10 at 10AM

PrairieCat Sierra Circulation 1

Monday, February 10

Who should attend: Fully Participating & Basic Online library staff

This class is designed to provide staff with a basic understanding of the capabilities of the Circulation module. Topics include registering and modifying users, searching for patrons, checking out and checking in materials, basic hold functionality and fines/bills. 

Sierra Essentials