PrairieCat News

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!

TRAINING: Talent LMS

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:

TRAINING: Did You Know?, March 2019 - Reinstating Cancelled Holds

This month's Did You Know explains how you can reinstate a cancelled hold.  If a patron’s hold is cancelled in error, you can now reinstate that hold easily from within the patron record. Check it out! 

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 8, 2019.  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:

NEWS: PrairieCat Training Survey

We value the input of our PrairieCat Members!

Please share your thoughts about your PrairieCat training experience with us. Your answers will allow us to better meet your expectations and improve PrairieCat training for member libraries.
 
We thank you for devoting 5-10 minutes of your time to our survey.

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