PrairieCat News

NEWS: PrairieCat Mobile App Demos

The User Experience Committee is currently reviewing RFP responses for a mobile app. This is an opt-in service for PrairieCat, and the cost will be spread over those that wish to participate. Save the date for two upcoming online demonstrations from the vendors who have responded. 

TRAINING: Sierra Cataloging Item Entry Class Thurs., July 11 at RAILS Coal Valley

ACTION: Informational

Calling all Union Listing, Basic Online and Fully Participating PrairieCat agencies in the RAILS Coal Valley area

There will be a Sierra Cataloging Item Entry class taught Thursday, July 11th 9:30am – 12:30pm at the RAILS Coal Valley Service Center.

This class has a prerequisite: completion of the Sierra Essentials class.

NEWS: Independence Day Closing (Thursday, July 4)

ACTION:  Informational 

On Thursday July 4, 2019 PrairieCat will be closed for the Independence Day holiday and all PrairieCat support staff will be unavailable.

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

TRAINING: Cataloging Item Entry Class scheduled at North Suburban Library District, Loves Park, Thursday, July 25, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

ACTION:  Informational

A Cataloging Item Entry class has been schedule for Thursday, July 25, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM) at North Suburban Library District, Loves Park.  Registration is now available for this class in L2 at:

You must be signed in to view/register class.

Who should attend:  Fully Participating, Basic Online & Union List library staff

Prerequisites: Sierra Essentials

TRAINING: Did You Know?, June 2019 Viewing Circulation History

Did You Know there are several ways to determine the patron who previously had an item checked out if staff needs to contact them regarding damage or for another reason? It is a PrairieCat policy to retain information on the previous three patrons to assist staff with troubleshooting. Circulation history is accessed only from a specific item record.

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.