PrairieCat News

UPDATE: Online Meetings and Training Location Change

ACTION: Informational

As of July 1, RAILS IT will no longer be supporting meetings via GoTo Meeting and GoTo Training. All meetings and trainings for PrairieCat will now be hosted through Zoom. (If you would like to try it out, you can attend a test meeting here:

NEWS: PUG Day 2019 Registration Now Open

ACTION: Informational

PUG Day 2019 Registration is now open. To register, log-in to L2 using your L2 account login at this link:

You can view the PUG Day 2019 Agenda here, or in L2. 

NEWS: FY20 PrairieCat Election Results

Action: Informational

Thank you for voting in the FY20 PrairieCat election. Congratulations to the elected members below! All seats are three year terms unless listed differently. All meetings are listed in L2 for registration and on the PrairieCat website The meetings are open meetings, so anyone is welcome to attend, but only the 11 members vote.

TRAINING: Did You Know, May 2019 - Linked Patrons

This month's Did You Know?  examines linking patrons in Sierra. Linked patrons may be used to link family groups, university graduate assistants, book club patrons or for any other purpose deemed useful by the library. Using this option is a local decision. Linking patrons does not link their fines/fees or block one patron because someone they are linked to is blocked.

ACTION: Informational - Memorial Day (Monday, May 27, 2019)

ACTION:  Informational

On Monday, May 27, 2019 PrairieCat & RAILS will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

With RAILS being closed for the holiday there will not be any delivery service that day.

PrairieCat emergency on-call support will be available via phone and only for full system outage issues. Our ability to respond to reported issues will be limited due to Memorial Day being a national holiday as our partner organizations; RAILS & Innovative, will also be off that day.

REPORTS: New Item Conversion report for 05/09/2019

ACTION: Action Required

Attached are items that have had their Item Type changed from a “new” Item Type to a “regular” Item Type because they have been in the database since before 01/20/19. This report will be added to the Support Site.

All PrairieCat libraries are responsible to access this report and follow up with any items owned by your library on the list.

Here are the proper follow-up steps:

NEWS: PrairieCat RFP for Mobile Application

PrairieCat is soliciting proposals from qualified vendors to provide a mobile application to interface with our Innovative Interfaces Sierra system. Currently, PrairieCat is on V. 4.2.0_7 of Sierra. Any questions and subsequent answers regarding this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) will be posted to this website if received. PrairieCat is entitled to issue written addendum changing this RFP at any time. Please read the attached for more information. 

TRAINING: Did You Know, April 2019 - High Demand Holds

This month's Did You Know explains the High Demand Holds function in Sierra. This function allows you to list titles with holds which have your library as the pickup point and for which there are at least four holds. If you run this for your library, you can see which titles you may need to order additional copies of, and if you run this for all libraries, you can identify some “coming soon” titles you might have missed!


Talent LMS is an easy to use, cloud based learning management system that allows PrairieCat members to take on-demand, self-paced PrairieCat classes from your library (or anywhere you have access to a computer and internet.) 

NEWS: PrairieCat Tech Check-Up

Do you need a tech checkup from PrairieCat?  PrairieCat staff are currently scheduling site visits with members to help with the following: