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Post-it notes for damaged items

There seems to be some confusion about these post-it notes. On the line that says Lending Library enter the name of the library that was going to circulate it - not the owning library.
1. Using the standard post-it note form supplied by SAILS record the type of damage, enter today’s date and circulating library. This post-it should be put inside the cover of the item if possible.
2. The item can then be checked out to the patron
3. The circulating library should immediately place a hold on the item for the item’s owning library. A hold note must be entered briefly stating the item is damaged.
4. When the item is returning to the owning library, that library should update the item record so that the circulation note states the item is damaged. The item can then be put back into circulation.

Also please note - it is the owning library that enters the circulation note not the circulating library.

The purpose of these post-it notes is to allow a patron to borrow an item without being charged for existing damage.

Sincerely,
Deborah K. Conrad, Executive Directo

Charge History display in Enterprise

Dear Library Staff,
This is an FYI about viewing the Charge History in a patron record. After the latest upgrade, we heard complaints from patrons and staff about the loss of the author information in the charge history display in Enterprise.

We were completely taken by surprise of this change. If your patrons complain, please submit the complaint to support@sailsinc.org and we will forward this to SirsiDynix. This is certainly not something we would have done. As far as we knew the only thing that was going to happen was that patrons would be able to sort their charge history. We can't do anything about it either.

We are as unhappy about this as your patrons may be.

Thank you,
Laurie

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)

PAT

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.

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.
BOOKS -BOOKS
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: http://wp.me/P6JtVr-2iQ. There is also a powerpoint tutorial showing available features.

New Book Alert Signup

Don't miss another good book. Signup for Bookletters alerts today! You choose the alerts that interest you. It's the easy way to decide what to read, watch or listen to next! For those who still get the old favorites notices, this will be a much better solution. *Subscribing to a list will not automatically place a hold for you. See all the mailing lists to choose from in Enterprise, our online catalog.