OCLC Number Adjustments

As you may know, recently MNLINK switched over to OCLC’s Worldshare product. As a result of this switch over and after much investigation we have determined that in order to fully take advantage of this switch over to OCLC, SELCO must move the OCLC numbers in our MARC records from the 035 to the 001 MARC tag.

Beginning Monday, May 22nd, SELCO is asking the catalogers to cease editing of MARC records between the hours of 6pm to 6am. Any changes made to records during this time may result in the changes not saving, but also will risk data corruption issues that could affect the entire region. We anticipate being done with this project by mid June, but we notify all when cataloging can commence once more between 6pm and 6am.

Aside from this temporary cataloging cutoff, catalogers will not need to make any changes to their workflows.  Going forward, the OCLC number will automatically save to the 001 field.  Please do not delete any new 001 fields with the OCLC number in them.

If you have questions or concerns please contact the SELCO Help Desk and we will do our best to address them.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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.

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.

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!

Payment Receipts Issue Resolved

SirsiDynix has released a fix to the payment receipt issue described in our Payment Receipts Issue post of October 26, 2016. After testing, we have implemented this bug fix late last week. All locations now have the borrower barcode printed in their payment receipts. Please contact the SELCO Help Desk with any questions. 
Thank you for your patience as we work with SirsiDynix on the many issues created in the 7.5.4 Horizon upgrade.

OverDrive Compatibility

OverDrive recently upgraded more of their services to HTTPS as part of their continued commitment to security and privacy. While this process was seamless and invisible to the vast majority of users, it resulted in compatibility issues for some older devices and software versions. They apologize for the inconvenience, and have provided solutions and alternatives below (wherever possible).

Sony Reader WiFi

Sony Reader WiFi devices no longer allow users to download eBooks directly on the device. Users can still download library eBooks to the Sony Reader software on their computer, then transfer eBooks from their computer to their Sony Reader.

NOOK GlowLight Plus

Users cannot currently open library eBooks that they’ve transferred to the NOOK GlowLight Plus. Barnes & Noble is aware of this problem and working on a fix, which should be released in a future device software update.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Some users have had problems downloading eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 2.0 or below. As a solution, OverDrive recommends always using the latest version of ADE (currently version 4.5). Some Windows XP users have continued to experience issues after upgrading ADE, so they may still have difficulty downloading library eBooks. Microsoft discontinued support for XP in 2014, and unfortunately there is no solution for these users at this time.

A help article with this information is available for you to share with staff and users if needed.

Borrower Release Document

A new feature in Horizon 7.5.4 is the ability to print a Borrower Release document. This function allows a library to print a form declaring a patron free from any outstanding responsibilities to the library.

To work, the borrower must have no blocks (fines, fees, notes, etc.) and no items checked out. Staff members can then go to the checkout window and select File > Print Borrower Release. Horizon will print out a form and place a temporary borrower release block on the patron’s which which will be removed the following night.

Below is an example of what the Borrower Release document looks like. If you have any questions about this new feature, please contact the SELCO Help Desk.

Borrower Release Document

Student Purge Exceptions

SELCO has run the annual student purge of graduated seniors which removed about 3,000 student records from the system. There were approximately 400 records which could not be purged owing to checked out items, blocks, or bad graduation years in the records. Tyler Irvin, Technology Support Librarian, SELCO  has emailed a spreadsheet of those records to school media center Directors and Automation Contacts.
School media center staff are asked to resolve the issues for each borrower record at their own school so that those records will be removed in the next student borrower purge.  Alternatively, staff may manually delete the records.  For more information, please see Tyler’s November 01 email.  If you are not the Director or Automation Contact at your school media center, please see the appropriate staff at your school for the email.  Contact the SELCO Help Desk for any questions not addressed in the email.