Several people asked for the presentation slides that Leif Pedersen from III shared at Delegates Assembly yesterday. The PowerPoint presentation is attached. We hope that you enjoyed the presentation and have a better idea of the direction that III is taking in the future.
FY17 OCLC renewal agreements were mailed this week. Signed agreements are due back to the State Library by June 30, 2016. OCLC membership is required for all PrairieCat members so all PrairieCat members should be signing and returning their contract. Please remember that OCLC fees for Fully Participating and Basic Online members are incorporated into their PrairieCat fees. Union List members are billed directly for OCLC services, and those invoices will be distributed by the Illinois Heartland Library System later this year.
We have created the attached timeline and FAQ document because the next few months will be very busy with new libraries coming online on PrairieCat, and several libraries withdrawing from membership. Please share this document with all staff. Please post any questions to the mailing lists, or bring them to the user group meetings in May.
It's that time of year again, and paging lists for schools will be turned off as of April 11, 2016. As of that date school library materials will not be holdable until paging lists resume in the fall. School will still be able to request materials to fill last requests for the school year. But, everyone should work on getting school materials returned before the end of the school year, and likewise school staff should work to ensure that materials are returned to other PrairieCat libraries before the end of the school year.
Below is current list of weekly magazine titles that have been created for year 2016. Not all item/volume records have been moved over but will be done in near future. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Sandy Tedder
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.