PrairieCat News

NEWS: Vega Discover Project Updates - February 9, 2023

Action: Informational

Project Updates

PrairieCat staff have regular bi-weekly meetings with the Vega Discover team from Innovative, which includes our project manager, trainer, and the Discover product manager.  PrairieCat will post regular project updates to provide the membership with a summary of the issues/questions that are being reported by libraries and staff that are discussed at the Innovative project meetings. 

NEWS: PrairieCat Technical Services Committee February 9, 2023

PrairieCat Technical Services Committee

February 9, 2023

The PC Technical Services Committee will meet Thursday, February 9, 2023, 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Time via Zoom. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

NEWS: Union List Members - Collection Comparison Project

January is always a time of planning for the new year - What craft will we doing for the spring holidays? What is this year’s summer reading theme? What does our budget look like for the rest of this fiscal year?

In your planning for this year - consider an collection comparison project (aka an inventory) with PrairieCat this year.

NEWS: Soft Launch to Patrons - Vega Discover

Soft Launch to Library Patrons  |  January 2023

Vega Discover is available for the member libraries to launch to the public. This is a transition period with Vega Discover and Encore both available for use. Libraries will want to encourage patrons to "Try Our New Catalog." 

UPDATE: Sierra Slowness / Freezing - Resolved 1/3

Action: Informational

UPDATE - The issue has been resolved. If you experience any problems with Sierra, please submit a help desk ticket. 

1/3 - Several libraries have reported slowness or freezing in Sierra. PrairieCat staff are looking into the issue with Sierra and have opened communication with  Innovative to assist in solving the problem.

ALERT: Change in closed dates - winter storm

ACTION: Informational

Because so many of our member libraries are impacted by the coming winter storm, PrairieCat has added 12/22 and 12/23 as universal closed dates for ALL PrairieCat libraries. Entering these dates will prevent the accrual of overdue fines if applicable.

Al items due 12/22/2022 through 12/23/2022 will have a new due date of 12/27/2022.

We wish you all a safe, warm, and very happy holiday season!

ALERT: Encore issues with My Account and Issues with Overdrive Libby App

ACTION: Correcting Encore not showing holdings and other information in “My Account” and issues with Libby connections

Since our upgrade to 5.5, we have reports of two issues that patrons are experiencing, one with Encore and one with the Overdrive Libby app.  Please see below for information to help your patrons resolve these issues:

MEETING: PrairieCat Strategic Plan - Listening Session Jan 19

PrairieCat Strategic Plan Evaluation  |  Listening Session

When: Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 2:00 PM via Zoom 

Facilitator: Michelle Krooswyk, Director at New Lenox Public Library District and PrairieCat Administrative Council member

Description: PrairieCat regularly reviews the PrairieCat strategic plan and the organization's progress on strategic directions. Please join this member-led listening session to provide more in-depth feedback on PrairieCat's strategic plan progress. See the agenda for details. 

NEWS: PUG Day and CE Survey

Action: Complete Survey

PUG (PrairieCat Users Group) Day will be in person in 2023. PUG Day is a one-day professional development and training event for member libraries. The PrairieCat Engagement Committee wants your feedback to help us plan a valuable event for the membership. Please complete the survey below.

Complete Member Survey:

Date TBD  | September 2023

Location TBD | “Eastern” side of the service area

ALERT: Sierra and Encore Upgrade - Refresh

ACTION: Informational

12/16/2022 - PrairieCat has received several reports of Encore display issues after the upgrade. PrairieCat has also posted the following message on Encore:

A software upgrade on 12/14 is causing some display issues
with the catalog. If you are experiencing this issue,
it can be resolved by holding down the shift key while
clicking the refresh button on your browser.

12/14/2022 - Innovative successfully upgraded both our Sierra and Encore servers last night (12/14/2022) to version 5.5.