PrairieCat News

NEWS: Call for Nominations - Administrative Council

ACTION: Please make a nomination by Friday, 7/16

Due to a resignation from Administrative Council, we currently have an open At-Large seat.  This is a two year seat, filling out a vacated position.  After the expiration of the two year term, the incumbent will be eligible to run again for a complete three year term.

Administrative Council meets once a month on the first Friday of the month.  Due to OMA requirements, in-person attendance is required.

NEWS: Marengo-Union Library District - Go Live Successful!

Action: Informational

Marengo-Union Library District went live for Circulation today, June 30, 2021. Welcome and congratulations to Marengo-Union!! It is now OK to resume all regular activities involving their records, such as editing patron records if needed (e.g., patron moves to your community or updates their contact info).  Patrons of Marengo-Union are able to place holds. So, if you are prompted to fill a hold for MU, please do so. PrairieCat staff plan to turn on the paging lists for the library tomorrow so they can begin filling holds via the list. 

NEWS: Union List Collection Comparison Project - Reminder

Action: Informational

PrairieCat is encouraging all Union Members to start on their Union List Member Collection Comparison Project if they have not already. More details are in the presentation slides from the April 7 Union List Members Meeting and the instructions are posted here.

NEWS: PUG Days Virtual 2021 from Sept 14-24

Action: Informational

PrairieCat Users Group Day (PUG Days) is an annual event dedicated to professional development, networking, and continuing education. PUG Days 2021 is virtual this year! Save the dates and program information will be shared soon. We have some great sessions in store such as “Library Promotional Ideas to Draw People Back to the Library” and “What Comes Next? The Library After COVID-19.”

September 14-24, 2021

Live Virtual Sessions at 10AM and 2PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays

NEWS: Marengo-Union Library District - Go Live 6/30

Action: Informational

Marengo-Union Library District will be going live for cataloging and circulation next week. Beginning today (Monday, June 21) Innovative will be loading Marengo-Union items into the database, patrons will be loaded next Monday, June 28. Marengo-Union is the 101st public library in PrairieCat and joins as a Fully Participating member from a standalone Follett system. Congrats to the Marengo-Union staff and PrairieCat staff for all their hard work throughout this project!

Marengo-Union Library District

NEWS: PrairieCat Member Update & Vega Demo - July 28

Action: Informational / Register for Update

Join us for a PrairieCat Member Update on Wednesday, July 28 from 10 – 11:30 AM via Zoom Webinar. The meeting is listed in L2. Register in advance here:

This update will feature an Innovative demo showing their new discovery layer, Vega Discover. Also, hear the latest from PrairieCat staff and your colleagues from across the consortium.

NEWS: PrairieCat In-Person Meetings Resume

Action: Informational

PrairieCat is planning on returning to in-person meetings as of July 1, 2021 for the PrairieCat Governance Meetings. Since PrairieCat is subject to the Open Meetings Act, an in-person quorum is required in order for the following groups to conduct business: Administrative Council, Delegates Assembly, and the two board committees – the Resource Sharing and Finance Committees. Read more about the latest on OMA and Remote Meetings here.

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.