NEWS: End of School Year Approaching

ACTION:  Informational & Action Required

It's that time of year again, and Paging Lists for school member libraries will be turned off as of Monday, April 12, 2021.  Beginning on that date, school library materials will not be holdable until School Paging Lists resume in the fall. Schools will still be able to request materials to fulfill their students’ needs to the end of the school year.

To make this a smooth transition, here are some to-do lists!

FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES:

  1. Make sure that materials you’ve borrowed are returned to other PrairieCat libraries before the end of the school year.
  2. Schools that are NOT open over the summer should ensure that any outstanding holds you have placed are cancelled. Any remaining holds will be cancelled automatically by PrairieCat on May 31, 2021.
  3. If any school libraries need last due dates added to Sierra, or you do not want your paging lists turned off for the summer, please use the following link to open a Help Desk ticket:

https://support.prairiecat.info/otrs/customer.pl 

  1. Don’t forget! When you’re ready to re-open in the fall, please use the above link to provide PrairieCat with advance notice of your re-opening plans.

FOR ALL OTHER LIBRARIES:

  1. Make sure that materials you’ve borrowed from schools are returned before mid-May.
  2. Let your staff know that they should not override when placing holds.
  3. Check your VIEW OUTSTANDING HOLDS report to make sure that your patrons’ holds are being filled in a timely manner and that you don’t have any holds placed on materials owned exclusively by schools.

DELIVERY QUESTIONS?

PrairieCat staff does not have any information about last delivery dates for the school year, so you will need to contact your RAILS Delivery Manager for that information. Here’s a link to the RAILS Delivery Help Desk:

https://www.railslibraries.info/services/deliveryhelp

Thank you for your cooperation!