PrairieCat News

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.

NEWS: PUG Days Webinar Series - Registration Open

Action: Informational / Register for Webinars

We hope your library staff are able to attend some of the webinars hosted by your colleagues from around the state!

NEWS: 2020 Patron Purge List Owing $10 or More

ACTION:  Action required

This is the 2020 Patron Purge Information: Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, we are operating under a compressed timeframe. We need your replies no later than August 31, 2020.

We are beginning the process for this year’s annual patron database cleanup (also known as patron purge). I will be sending out two emails. This email has a link below to an Excel spreadsheet of all patrons in the database that meet the following criteria:

·         Last circulation activity on their account was before 01/01/2017

NEWS: 2020 Patron Purge - Owing Less Than $10

ACTION:  Action required

This is the 2020 Patron Purge Information: Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, we are operating under a compressed timeframe. We need your replies no later than August 31, 2020.

We are beginning the process for this year’s annual patron database cleanup (also known as patron purge). I will be sending out two emails. This first email has a link below to an Excel spreadsheet of all patrons in the database that meet the following criteria:

·         Last circulation activity on their account was before 01/01/2017

NEWS: PUG Days - Coming Soon to a Zoom Webinar Near You

Action: Informational

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PrairieCat’s annual in person conference PUG Day has been cancelled. Instead, PrairieCat staff and the PUG Day planning team are launching a webinar series starting in mid-August. We hope your library staff are able to attend some of the webinars hosted by your colleagues from around the state!

NEWS: PrairieCat Holiday Closure - Independence Day Observed and Independence Day

ACTION:  Informational

On Friday July 3, 2020 PrairieCat will be closed for the Independence Day Observed holiday. Independence Day Observed is also a holiday for RAILS staff so there will be no delivery services on Independence Day

Independence Day Observed (Fri. July 3rd) and Independence Day (Sat. July 4th) are holidays for PrairieCat staff so there will be no on-call support on those days.

Support issues should be conveyed via the Help Desk app by submitting a ticket which will be addressed on the next working day (Mon. July 6th).

ALERT: Issue with items checked out under interim loan rules

Issue: For items that were checked out by libraries using interim loan rules that gave an absolute due date of 06/26/2020, if your patron wants to renew that item, you will receive a due date in 2021!

Solution: The best way to handle this is to check the item in and then check it back out to the patron to ensure an accurate due date. (You can modify the due date, but that loan rule will still be in effect, so if the patron tries to renew a 2nd time, you'll have the same problem.)

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