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ILS ALERT: Systems Upgrades on Saturday Evening

SELCO will be performing system upgrades on Saturday evening, December 15, starting at 6:30 pm. We expect all work to be complete by the end of the evening. During this time, SELCO services and systems will be unavailable with the following exceptions:

  • Email, calendars, and other Google suite applications
  • The Enterprise online catalog (searching only; My Account and real-time item status will be down)
  • OverDrive ebooks
  • SELCO and library websites

Thank you for your patience while we work to provide the most reliable services possible. For further information, please contact the SELCO Help Desk

SELCO Carries out Internet Speed Upgrades for Selected Libraries

Every year, we conduct an evaluation of each library’s internet speed to identify upgrades for the coming fiscal year. Factors considered include the number of PCs at the library, wireless internet use, and the service offered by local Internet Service Providers.

Effective July 01, 16 libraries will receive a speed upgrade:

  • Caledonia Public Library
  • Cannon Falls Public Library
  • Chatfield Public Library
  • Dodge Center Public Library
  • Hokah Public Library
  • Houston Public Library
  • Lake City Public Library
  • Lanesboro Public Library
  • Lonsdale Public Library
  • Plainview Public Library
  • Preston Public Library
  • Rushford Public Library
  • St. Charles Public Library
  • Spring Valley Public Library
  • Wabasha Public Library
  • Winona Public Library
We are pleased to offer this increased level of service, which is made possible by a combination of Regional Library Telecom Aid (RLTA) and Erate discounts. These funds cover 100% of the costs; Automation Fees do not pay for internet access. 

TECH ALERT – Horizon Upgrade on April 7

On the evening of April 7, SELCO will be working with SirsiDynix to upgrade the Horizon database to version 7.5.4.1. We will start at 5:00 and work over the evening to have everything up and running again by Sunday morning.
 
This upgrade contains two major features which SELCO staff will investigate before enabling:
  • Family Groups – borrowers can be grouped together to allow different members to see and/or interact with each others’ checkouts, blocks, and/or requests. This is only in Horizon, not Enterprise yet.
  • Functionality which allows requests to take place inside of Horizon itself. This should mostly be invisible but will stop some intermittent errors in requesting.
Again, these features come with the upgrade but we will not be implementing them until we have tested them.
 
SELCO will post a notice on Enterprise late next week to notify borrowers that while the catalog will be searchable, requests and My Account will be unavailable. OverDrive ebooks will go onto a temporary rule allowing uninterrupted service. Please contact the SELCO Help Desk with any questions on the upgrade. 

UPDATE – Web Services Upgrade on Tuesday, August 29

UPDATE, Aug 29, 10:59 AM – The web services upgrade was successfully completed a few moments ago. Affected services have been successfully tested. We will take down the banner in Enterprise shortly. 


SirsiDynix is performing a Web Services upgrade at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, August 29.  Web Services is the software that enables external services, such as Enterprise, to connect and exchange data with Horizon.

During this upgrade, Horizon will function normally.  Item status information in Enterprise and BookMyne will not be available, though searching and requests will function as usual.  Based on information from SirsiDynix, we expect this upgrade to be completed within an hour (10:00 AM).

Thank you for your patience as we strive to provide the most stable and useful library solutions possible.  Please contact the SELCO Help Desk with any questions on this upgrade.

FY2018 Bandwidth Upgrades at Online Libraries in Progress

At the start of every fiscal year, in July, SELCO carries out internet bandwidth upgrades at selected Online Libraries. 22 upgrades are in progress for FY2018:

Online Library Old Bandwidth New Bandwidth
Blooming Prairie Public Library 25mb download x 10mb upload 50mb download x 10mb upload
Brownsdale Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 10mb upload
Caledonia Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
Cannon Falls Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
Chatfield Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
Harmony Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 30mb download x 2mb upload
Hokah Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
Houston Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
Kenyon Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 10mb upload
Lake City Public Library 35mb download x 35mb upload 50mb download x 50mb upload
Lanesboro Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
LeRoy Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 10mb upload
Plainview Public Library 35mb download x 35mb upload 50mb download x 50mb upload
Preston Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
Red Wing Public Library 50mb download x 50mb upload 100mb download x 100mb upload
Rushford Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
Spring Grove Public Library 25mb download x 5mb upload 50mb download x 10mb upload
Spring Valley Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 5mb upload
St. Charles Public Library 35mb download x 3mb upload 50mb download x 50mb upload
Wabasha Public Library 35mb download x 3mb upload 50mb download x 50mb upload
West Concord Public Library 20mb download x 2mb upload 50mb download x 10mb upload
Winona Public Library 35mb download x 3mb upload 50mb download x 50mb upload

NOTES:  Bandwidth upgrades are selected each year based on a combination of library need, availability of local service, and cost. Internet access for most public Online Libraries is funded through a combination of Regional Library Telecom Aid (RLTA) and Erate discounts. Automation Fees do not pay for internet access.

WordPress Update Coming in the Next 24 Hours

WordPress has announced a non-security update to there software which will be automatically installed in the next 24 hours.  Based on the release notes, this appears to be a minor update.  Nevertheless, we will be checking SELCO-hosted library websites on Friday (June 9) morning to make sure that everything works.  This will include the SELCO plugins; if you have installed other plugins on your own, please take a moment on Friday to ensure they are still working.

Please contact the SELCO Help Desk with any questions.

Enterprise Security Upgrade

On Tuesday, May 30, SirsiDynix will be performing an upgrade to SELCO’s instance of the Enterprise public catalog. At 8 am, there will be an outage for about half an hour as they implement the certificates and reboot the server to change Enterprise to SSL (https). This should address several security concerns as well as some Firefox issues.

There may be some oddities in the catalog following the restart as SELCO updates custom work to reflect the change. This should be completed Tuesday but if anything is found after that, please contact the Help Desk.

There will be re-direction rules put in place to move links over from the http version to the https version. Links on member websites will need to be updated eventually but there shouldn’t need to be a rush.

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.

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.