PrairieCat News

ALERT: Notices and Paging Lists Resume 6/16

Action: Action Required  

PrairieCat is resuming the system wide paging lists and notices on Tuesday, June 16. This is in preparation for the return of RAILS delivery and ILL.

Please contact the PrairieCat help desk with any issues.


UPDATE: Problem with Holds Resolved

The issue with item level holds placed via Encore has been resolved! Libraries can continue to use your local holds list to process holds.

UPDATE: Problem with holds

Action: Action Required

Known Issue: We are still experiencing the issue where patron-placed holds in Encore are being created as item level holds on other libraries’ items. This means these holds will not appear on your local holds lists and you will not know your patrons have these holds unless they call to inquire. These holds are a mix: some are for titles your library does not own, some are for items you do own but those items are not available, and a few are for items you do own that are available.

ALERT: Problem with Holds

Current Issue: PrairieCat has identified a problem where holds placed by patrons in Encore are being placed as item level holds on other libraries’ copies—even if you have an available copy at your library. Because of this, these holds will not appear on your holds list.

NEWS: RAILS Delivery Updates

Action Required to Request Delivery Service

RAILS Delivery Updates
RAILS announced their plan for the resumption of delivery service, with full delivery service for libraries that opt in resuming 6/29.  Please note:

NEWS: Administrative Council Meeting Moved Online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PrairieCat Administrative Council has moved the June 5, 2020 meeting to the online meeting platform Zoom. Attendees can pre-register here: 

Meeting agenda is posted here:

NEWS: Update your L2 Account

Action: Action Required

Please read this message from RAILS about the new L2 site, and share with your library staff and trustees:

The launch of the new Library Directory & Learning Calendar (L2) is tentatively planned for mid-August, and we need you to act now. 

NEWS: RAILS Delivery Plan Announced

RAILS has just announced their plan for the resumption of delivery service, with full delivery service resuming 6/29 to libraries that opt in.  Please read the plan in full as libraries need to contact the delivery help desk to opt in. The plan can be found on their COVID-19 page here:

NEWS: PrairieCat is Hiring | HR and Administrative Assistant

Position has been filled (6/26/2020)

Human Resources and Administrative Assistant
Full Time: 37.5 hours/week
Salary: $19.48-$24.35/hour, depending on qualifications

NEWS: New Hold Shelf Print Template - Patron Notification

Example: C19 Hold Shelf Slip

Action: Informational (Use New Template)

PrairieCat staff created a new hold shelf slip print template named C19HOLDSLP. The new C19HOLDSLP template will produce full patron name, barcode, and phone number (see attached example). This modification should streamline the patron notification if your library needs to manually notify patrons. To protect patron confidentiality, keep materials with these hold slips in a non-public space. The template can be found in the Sierra Print Templates / Holdshelf Slips.