At the March TSUG meeting, the members agreed to proceed with the new process for managing weekly magazine titles. Popular weekly magazines like People, Time, Newsweek, etc., are problematic in Sierra and Encore because there are SO MANY items attached to the bibliographic record. This means that search retrieval, and adding / deleting items can be extremely slow. Other large Innovative consortia handle this problem by making an exception for how weekly magazines are handled and creating a separate bibliographic record for each year of the magazine.
The February Tip of the Month reminds circulation staff about the Linked Patrons functionality available in Sierra. This can be used to link family members to easily navigate between records and print off a list of all circulations for the family. It does not link fines/fees to block a patron when their other family member is blocked, but you can at least view other family member records easily to mention their money owed.
Congratulations to the DeKalb Public Library on reopening on Monday, January 18th, in their new library addition! All PrairieCat libraries can now resume routing items to DeKalb via the paging list, and DeKalb PL staff are resuming filling requests from the paging list.
This month's Tip of the Month provides a brief overview of cancelled holds in Sierra - the ways holds can be cancelled, options for sending a hold cancellation message to a patron, and how to view cancelled holds from a patron's record.
The 2016 PrairieCat Barcode testing dates are announced and listed below.
To quickly locate the testing dates in L2, enter the tag 'barcode testing' in the Search box in the upper right area of the L2 web page. This will produce a partial listing, when you click on the "More Tagged" link you will see all 12 of the 2016 testing dates. You do NOT need to be logged into see the testing dates, you DO need to be logged into register for a date.
This month's Tip of the Month provides a brief overview of the process for PrairieCat libraries to request that OCLC records be added into the database when an existing matching record cannot be found.
Wilmington Public Library (WLBB) will be closed during the first week of January (1/4 to 1/8) for recarpeting. The library will NOT be filling holds during this time and they will NOT receive RAILS delivery while the library is closed. Materials being sent to WLBB during this tiem will be held at the RAILS Bolingbrook Service Center until deliver resumes.
Congratulations to the Grant Park PL (GPBB-2) and the Richard A Mautino PL (RAMG-8) who have begun filling holds via the Paging List today.
These two Union Listing members are actively adding their collections to Sierra and having reached 25% of their collection being entered into Sierra, they can now begin filling holds. Once their collections are completely added to the database these libraries will become Basic Online members.