Enterprise Format Enhancements

SELCO has recently made some improvements to Enterprise; specifically to the format facet. It now offers the ability to sort by Book on CD Abridged/Unabridged, and has added a few built-in safeguards to properly sort other formats as well. Nothing in this update changes any cataloging requirements (I.e. 007 fields for all except regular print books).

We hope you and your patrons will find these improvements helpful. We’re still working through improving some of the catalog records so they’ll properly file under the new facets, but if you come across something that you think is sorting incorrectly, please contact the SELCO Help Desk.

Listserv Guru Tyler Irvin Recognized by COSUGI

Customers of SirsiDynix Users Group, Inc. (COSUGI) awarded Tyler Irvin, SELCO Technology Support Librarian, the Listserv Guru Award at their annual conference in April 2017 at Salt Lake City.  COSUGI chose Tyler for the award in recognition for his outstanding service helping to test Family Group, a new feature in the Horizon Integrated Library System (ILS).  Tyler’s contributions to the listserv mailing list of testers contributed significantly to the development of the feature.

According to SirsiDynix, Family Group: Allows library patrons to checkout items, manage holds, pay fees and fines, and receive notices on behalf of other patrons that are linked to their account.  SirsiDynix decided in 2016 to prioritize development of Family Group based on overwhelming demand from their Horizon customers, including SELCO.  Family Group is slated for release in an upgrade scheduled for 2Q 2017.

Congratulations and thanks to Tyler for his outstanding service and commitment to providing the best possible technology solutions to libraries both within and outside the SELCO region!

Problems with Notices Have Been Resolved

Last Tuesday, notices that SELCO generates for some online libraries were not sent due to a problem with the automated process. Additionally, a small number of print notices were printed and mailed out several times. The libraries impacted by the duplication will be notified individually with the specific borrower’s name. 
 
All online libraries should be aware that there may be a delay in when patrons receive their notices for the last week. This will particularly impact those libraries SELCO generates notices for; however, it can impact all online libraries as notices are created by borrower location. Hold notices in particular are very time sensitive.  As a result Technical Services Librarian Cheryl Hill will be extending hold shelf expiration dates for affected items. A list of all notices that were printed and mailed out yesterday went out in an email from Cheryl. 
 
The cause of the problem was identified and resolved Monday morning, and a system has been put into place to avoid such problems happening in the future.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact the SELCO Helpdesk

Going Live with the New Minnesota Library Publishing Project

The Minnesota Library Publishing Project (MLPP) is a pilot project that provides online publishing tools and training information to support independent authors and small publishers across the state.  The MLPP is coordinated by Minitex with support from Minnesota’s academic and public libraries.

MLPP’s book design tool is Pressbooks: an easy-to-use, online, cloud-based service that enables authors and publishers to create attractive content using a wide variety of templates and formatting options. Templates are available that are tailored for poetry, fiction, family history, dissertations, and many other content types. Pressbooks assigns each uploaded manuscript a unique URL that authors can use to share their work. Pressbooks enables authors to export their work in the formats that are essential to publishing, including PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and HTML. Authors also have a variety of options to create print versions of their book(s).

Click here to learn more and access Pressbooks. Feel free to share this site with library staff and patrons.

Minitex will offer an introductory webinar on Pressbooks on Thursday, April 27th from 10:00 -10:45 AM. Click here to register.

The MLPP’s website also offers training videos, best practices documents, and step-by-step instructions on how to get started with Pressbooks.

For the academic library community — Minitex will launch a Community of Interest (COI) to explore how to support publishing within the library. More information on the COI is at the bottom of this message.

For the public library community — Minitex is working with MELSA and the Council of Public Library System Administrators (CRPSLA) on the launch of Library Journal’s SELF-e system, which will enable authors to share their work with readers across the state and potentially across the country. This program will launch in the metro area this summer and will likely spread to the rest of the state shortly thereafter. Minitex will send out news posts and place information on MLPP’s web page when it launches. It will be available to academics with a public library card. Contact Andrea McKennan at MELSA for more information.

Minitex hopes libraries and library users will find this information helpful. MLPP is an experimental endeavor.  Click here to share feedback with Minitex.

Spring 2017 Cooperative Technology Purchase Order Form Posted

Please find below the link for the Spring 2017 Cooperative Purchase online order form. The offerings for this purchase are much like those of the Winter 2017 Cooperative Technology Purchase.

 

  • We are using an online order form for the Spring 2017 Cooperative Purchase. Please fill it out online, once we receive your order, we will send a confirmation email. Please respond to the confirmation email so that we can ensure your order is correct.
  • We will be offering iPads for purchase in this order. As these devices are very subjective and require user specific iTunes accounts, SELCO cannot provide support for them.
  • We are using Faronics Deep Freeze to lock down the public computers. You will notice this option on the bottom of page one for Deep Freeze, select this if you are planning on getting a public computer or using a Nettop for an iPac computer.
  • Due to the fact that some of our third party software (Pharos, Deep Freeze) are not fully supported on Windows 10 yet, we are not supporting Windows 10 at this time. Computers will still continue to come with Windows 7.
Please submit your orders online by Friday, April 28, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SELCO Help Desk, thank you.

SELCO Catalog Records Searchable on Popular Search Engines

Library users in the SELCO region can now view catalog records via basic browser searches. Patrons using popular search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, can find library item records in search engine results when they search for a title and include “SELCOor their library name. This new tool makes library items more readily accessible to patrons in their homes or on mobile devices and to those who are not active users of SELCO libraries.

Previously library catalog records could not be found on search engines because library records, known as MARC records, cannot be read by search engine crawlers. BLUEcloud Visibility is a tool created by our library software provider, SirsiDynix. This tool transforms detailed library MARC records information into a new type of library record that is compatible with search engines. You can see how this works in a video on SELCOtv.

If you search for a title + SELCO, you might find that your library results are not at the top of the search engine results returned. Library records are late in coming to the web, so it will take time for our records to make their way through the ranks and land at the top of your results list. Search engines like Google prefer reliable sources like libraries and sites that people visit more often, and over time we can expect to climb up the list. Eventually the engines will be able to deliver library catalog records without requiring that “SELCO” be included in the search. Patrons will be able to simply search for a title and a search engine will pair a searcher’s geo-location with result data, to deliver the same catalog results.

You can help SELCO improve search engine relevance by searching for us. Use Google, Bing, or Yahoo to search for titles and follow the links to find and request your items. Please let your patrons know that if they search in this way it will also help us be more visible in search engine results. As more people show our resources to be popular and useful, search engines will respond by giving our results preference. Give us a search – we look forward to giving you results!

RESOLVED – New Record Creation Problems in Horizon

EDIT 03/21/2017, 9:33 AM – This is your all clear to start importing or creating records in the system once again.  Throughout the day yesterday with the help of SirsiDynix, we had to clear our a number of stuck processes & record locks and were finally able to clear the problem.  We haven’t had any re-occurrences today so far. 

We will be keeping an eye on the system today, and we will let you know if there are any further developments.  Thank you again for your patience.
 
We’ve been noticing some issues throughout the afternoon of the database crashing or the records not saving when new records are created, either through workforms within Horizon or the import process from OCLC.  We’ve been trying to narrow down the problem.
 
To aid us in fixing the problem, we ask that you please DO NOT import or otherwise create any new bibs in Horizon until you’ve heard back from us.  Editing existing records does not seem to be a problem.
 
Thank you for your patience as we work this issue out.  We hope to get back to you with an all clear very soon.

OverDrive Website Updates (February 2017)

OverDrive has made the following changes to the OverDrive catalog:

  • OverDrive will keep a user signed in for longer, eliminating the need for them to sign in each time they visit the digital library. A user will be authenticated in the background when they attempt to borrower, place a hold, or recommend a title.
  • OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen have been removed within the OverDrive App to simplify the format selection step and allow a user to begin reading and listening more quickly. Exceptions include titles that are only available in the OverDrive Read or OverDrive listen formats, including Read-Alongs–those titles will continue to be available via the app.
  • The Choose a format drop-down on the Loans page has been changed to Download to more clearly communicate the action a user will take.
  • When an eBook or audiobook is borrowed from the title details page, the button now displays Download and the format name, instead of Add to app, to more clearly communicate the action a user will take.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Horizon 7.5.4 Patch Installed

We have installed a Horizon patch provided by SirsiDynix to fix the many bugs introduced by the Horizon 7.5.4 upgrade.  We have tested this patch to confirm that it works but, since many of the bugs in 7.5.4 are not consistently reproducible, we have to rely on SirsiDynix’s assurances that it fixes all the issues.  We will continue to monitor the situation.

As always, if you encounter any problems with Horizon, please contact the Help Desk.  Thank you for your patience.

February 2017 Public Library Borrower Purge

In order to maintain an accurate, up-to-date borrower database in Horizon, SELCO conducts a quarterly purge of records for borrowers that have been:

  • expired for 2 or more years and have no unresolved blocks
  • expired for 2 or more years, have no fines and have manual blocks
  • expired for 5 or more years, have less than 5.00 dollars in fines.

As per the process developed in consultation with the ILS Operations and Technology Policy joint committee, lists of borrower record eligible for purging were emailed to public library Automation Contacts on Wednesday, February 01.  Libraries have two weeks from that date (February 15) to add the Do not purge block to all records they wish to keep in the database.