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Monday 'Minder 2023.03


Today's Topic:  Let's play "Find that Patron!!" 

At an ALL-WALS meeting last year it was decided that all WALS libraries would enter patron names "as written" (except in ALL-CAPS) on their ID or application form.  This means that VanderZanden gets entered as "VANDERZANDEN" and "Van der Zanden" gets entered  as "VAN DER ZANDEN."  Reminder: you need to be more diligent when searching for duplicate users because last names won't sort together anymore.  Read More...

Monday 'Minder 2023.02


Topic: Remember that UCat1! 

As usual, the Annual Report (AR) statistics run at year's end expose a host of errors in our data--especially patron data. Did you know that a circ to someone with a wrong Ucat1 today will still count as a circ to that bad Ucat1 in next year's AR--even if you fix the patron record tomorrow?  Read More...

Monday 'Minder 2023.01


Topic: Circulating Circulation Sets 

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Today's Monday 'Minder comes from Neenah Public Library. They have setup binge boxes which circulate freely across the system and may soon turn up in your Red Delivery Boxes. Here is a cheat sheet of how to check them in and out.  Read More...

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