Clean Hold Shelf Report – HOLD-Exp

It has come to our attention that there are times when an available hold expires, the item belongs to another library, but the Clean Holds Report does not put the item in transit. Rather, the report lists the item with a location of HOLD-EXP (see below)


Patrick, Phaedra
The curious charms of Arthur Pepper / Phaedra Patrick
location:HOLD-EXP item ID:32038001098526 item type:BOOK
owning library:MATTAPOIS

Please make sure that anyone who deals with holds that have expired on the hold shelf knows that before putting one of these in delivery it must be put in transit. Also, they should make sure that the item actually belongs to your library before reshelving it.

Delivery Promo Slips

The slips are being sent via delivery today and tomorrow. Please let us know by next Monday if you did not receive your shipment. We were unable to supply slips to branches - if you wish your branches to participate we can send you the artwork and you can photocopy some for their use. My apologies but these were fairly expensive and outside what we had already budgeted for printing this year.
See details at: Delivery Campaign
If you need to download the book slips, here is a link to the slips you can download and print.

Miles to Reach You !

Placing holds in the SAILS system is one of the most popular services offered by SAILS Member Libraries.

Last year 817,604 items were sent between libraries to fill hold requests!

This success is built on the long standing tradition of “Resource Sharing” among Massachusetts Libraries.

Want to let the world know you value this service?

Engage with your Friends on Social Media – share a picture of a book you’ve received through SAILS and and tag it with “#MilesToGoSAILS”

Engage with your state legislators! – Let them know that this service is important to you.
Visit: our FORM to send us a brief message and we'll share with the reps from our service area.

Children’s Librarian

Dartmouth – Southworth Library

Full Time Children’s Librarian


35 per week
The Dartmouth Public Libraries are looking for a Children’s Librarian, someone who can work with a wide age-range, from infants and toddlers to teens. The libraries currently offer 3 weekly early literacy programs, Mother Goose on the Loose and Baby Songs for ages 0 – 2, and preschool story time for ages 3 and up. We will want to continue these programs.
This is a union position. The work schedule includes 1 evening a week till 8:00, and alternating Fridays and Saturdays. The Children’s Librarian is stationed at the Southworth Library, but may be asked to spend time at the branch library on occasion. Southworth Library is a Passport Application Acceptance Agency, and applicants will be asked if they are willing to become a passport agent. The job posting is attached.

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school; three years professional library experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Salary: $44,816 – $53,513 in 7 steps

Contact Information: 

Personnel Department
Town of Dartmouth
400 Slocum Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747
Or email to:

Congratulations to the Fall River Historical Society on their lovely, new website!

Itemcat3 updates

SAILS will have completed the itemcat3 updates to the database by October 3. This means that starting next Monday when you add items to the database you must be sure to enter an itemcat1 (used for circulation) itemcat2 (used to define audience for the item) and itemcat3 (broad categories for reporting.) We are not going to be doing any verification that these values are being added so if there is a problem next July with reports we won't be aware. This is also something you can't run reports for in Directors Station - it doesn't know about the itemcategory 3.

If you are unsure of what categories to use here are the definitions as set up by the MBLC:

Name - Description
AUDIO - Compact discs, cassettes etc., Playaways for books, etc.
DAUDIO -Downloadable audio (audiobooks, music)
DVIDEO -Downloadable video
E-BOOKS -E-books
ELECTRONIC - Materials in electronic format (including CD-ROM and video games)
MICROFORMS - Materials in microforms (fiche rolls, etc.)
MISC - Miscellaneous (ebook readers, museum passes, equipment, puppets, kits, board games, art, etc.)
PERIODICAL - Print periodicals, newspapers and other print serials (including scholarly or scientific journals)
VIDEO - DVDs/Blu-ray discs/VHS, Playaway View, etc.

NoveList_Plus_Flyer_ILoveBooks_Romantic Do you know as a patron of a SAILS member library, you have access to the terrific reader's advisory tool, Novelist? Since we have NovelistPlus, content spans all ages! The subscription started on July 1st and in the Enterprise catalog, you can go to the item details page and view the added content from Novelist. You can also go direct to Novelist. We currently have a page on the SAILS website you can log in after selecting your library. Here is the page: There is also a powerpoint tutorial showing available features.