PrairieCat News

NEWS: Returned Materials and Quarantine Bookmark Template

Action: Informational

ALERT: First Overdue Notice moving to 14 days

ACTION: Informational

RAILS has increased the required quarantine period for delivery from 3 to 7 days, beginning Monday, 8/31. Given this increase, PrairieCat will change our first overdue notice period from 7 to 14 days. This should lessen the issue with patrons getting overdue notices on materials that are actually returned but have been sitting in quarantine for 7 days. Of course, we still recommend that you back-date materials when you check them in from quarantine, and use your fine-free login to do so.

NEWS: Conversion of generic records

ACTION: Informational

PrairieCat staff are working on converting generic bibliographic records in our catalog to library-specific bibliographic records. For example, if your library’s hotspots were on a bibliographic record that was used by other libraries, they have now been moved to their own record that is reserved for use by your library. There are several advantages to having library-specific records for items such as hotspots, stem kits, library of things items, and other unique items:

NEWS: PUG Days Webinar Series - Upcoming

Action: Informational

It's not too late to register for the next round of PUG Days webinars next week! Registration links and program descriptions are on the PrairieCat website on the PUG Days page: https://support.prairiecat.info/conference.

UPDATE: Filling holds for PrairieCat libraries

The overwhelming majority of PrairieCat libraries are now open and offering services to their patrons. For the purposes of filling holds for other libraries, it is not necessary for you to continue to refer to the RAILS Delivery Spreadsheet to see which libraries are open or closed. You can simply fills holds as you normally would.

NEWS: PC MARC Committee will meet Thursday, Aug 13, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time

ACTION: Informational

The PC MARC Committee will meet Thursday, Aug 13, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time via Zoom.

The MARC/MARC trainee Catalogers meeting addresses cataloging topics and issues to ensure integrity of the database. The meetings are open meetings, so anyone is welcome to attend, but only the MARC/MARC trainee Catalogers vote. Meeting minutes will be shared with the Technical Services user community shortly after each meeting

When: Aug 13, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) 

NEWS: PC Technical Services Committee will meet Thursday, Aug 13, 2020 09:30 AM Central Time

ACTION: Informational

The PC Technical Services Committee will meet Thursday, August 13, 2019 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM via Zoom.

The meetings are open meetings, so anyone is welcome to attend, but only the 11 members vote.

NEWS: How to Request Pink Condition Report Slips

Action: Informational

TRAINING: Item Entry Certification Update

Action: Informational

Do you need to prepare for item entry duties at your library? The Item Entry Certification (formerly barcode test) has been updated and revised to make it easier for library staff to complete. The courses are online through PrairieCat’s training platform Talent LMS. The courses are free, self-paced, and on-demand 24/7. Sign up here to get started with TalentLMS: https://prairiecat.talentlms.com/

NEWS: L2 Freeze and Learning Reports

Action: Update Profiles / Save Learning Reports

Please see this important information from RAILS regarding the upcoming L2 freeze on this Friday, July 31.

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