PrairieCat News

NEWS: Delayed OCLC Batchloading for June

ACTION: Informational

Due to the software/hardware upgrade Innovative performed on Thursday, May 27, we continue to experience difficulties with copying the bib and item databases for OCLC Batchloading this month. Normally, quietly in the background the database is copied towards the end of the month and then the file is automatically sent out for processing. Then, later in the following month your “new” acquisitions begin to display in WorldCat Discovery / FirstSearch and any holdings removed from PrairieCat are removed from the OCLC system.

UPDATE: Status of Notices

ACTION: Informational

We are continuing to have problems with some of our hold notices. We’ve been working with Innovative since the problem was discovered last week but our notice processing is heavily customized due to our consortium’s size and preferences and  it is a complicated process to try and get all the pieces back in place. We are continuing to work with Innovative and will hopefully have this fully solved soon.


Just an update on what is and isn’t going out. 

NEWS: PC Technical Services Committee meeting June 10, 2021 9:30 AM

ACTION: Informational

The PC Technical Services Committee will meet Thursday, June 10, 2021, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM via Zoom.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Agenda and packet are available on the PC support site.

NEWS: FY22 PrairieCat Election Results

Action: Informational

PrairieCat Election Results
Thank you for voting in the FY22 PrairieCat Election for open seats on the Administrative Council, Circulation Committee, and Technical Services Committee. Thank you to the candidates who volunteered to serve! As a reminder, these are open meetings and anyone is welcome to attend when these groups meet. Meeting information is posted on the PrairieCat website. All seats are for 3-year terms unless noted otherwise. 

NEWS: PrairieCat Closed for Memorial Day (May 31)

Action: Informational

PrairieCat staff will be off on Monday, May 31, 2021 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. PrairieCat will not have any support coverage on this day. For standard support issues please place a Help Desk ticket and your issue will be addressed on the next working day.

RAILS is also closed for this holiday so there will be no delivery services on Monday, May 31 either.

NEWS: Email Phishing Scams Potentially Directed at Patrons

Informational – e-mail phishing scams potentially directed at patrons

Apparently some patrons may have received an e-mail from scammers indicating that the patron owes money for an overdue book. And therefore trying to solicit money from those patrons.

We have included two example files in this message – one is the example of a scamming attempt and one is a sample of an official overdue notice generated and sent from PrairieCat.

NEWS: LIMRiCC Health Insurance Pool Now Accepting New Members

NEWS: Informational / Action required if interested

PrairieCat is sharing this message from LIMRiCC, please direct all questions to the LIMRiCC contact below. 

What is LIMRiCC? The Library Insurance Management and Risk Control Combination (LIMRiCC) was established to provide conventional  insurance coverage and/or self-insurance for claims against or by its participants. Libraries are pooled together as one organization in order to provide lower premiums.

REMINDER: Timing of Overdue Notices

ACTION: Informational, Reminder Notice

In August 2020, PrairieCat changed the timing of when overdue notices and bills were created. Pre-COVID, the first overdue notice was created 7 days after the item’s due date. To accommodate quarantine periods and to prevent patrons receiving that first notice for items that had been returned but not yet checked in, we extended when the first overdue notice was created to 14 days.

NEWS: PUG Days - Call for Program Proposals

Action: Informational / Submit Program Proposals

The PrairieCat Engagement Committee is seeking program proposals for the 2021 PUG Days | Virtual. Please share this email with your library staff and networks!! Although we won’t be gathering in person, we look forward to idea sharing and collaborating with our library colleagues from across the consortium.

TRAINING: Checking in Materials

ACTION:  Action Required

When checking in materials that have holds for other libraries, it is not necessary to check items out to PrairieCat Union List libraries. The only time you should check those materials out to the library is when you see the word “checkout” in the message. See Procedures for Union List, ILL Barcode and SHARE libraries in the Circulation I training manual.

Please share this will all staff who check in materials as this continues to be an ongoing problem.