Pathfinder Central Library Rotating Book Procedures
For Pathfinder Central libraries, the procedure for Rotating Books has been simplified.
To Return books to the book truck:
CKLS Rotating Book Staff will check books into the book truck.
Librarians no longer need to check books back into the the book truck!
To Check in books to your library:
Log in to Pathfinder Central as your library. Check in the books to your library.
When checking in a Rotating Book, the system will ask, "This item needs to be transferred to [YOUR Library]. Transfer now? Yes / No." Check no or ignore the message and the item will stay at your library.
There is no longer a need to transfer the items.
*Rotating Books Optional Procedure*: Using the Batch Item Modification feature in Pathfinder Central has the potential to save a significant amount of time when processing books from the Rotating Truck into your library. With Batch Item Modification you are able to change the Holding Location as a batch instead of checking in each individual item. You must make sure to regularly check your Holds Queue if you opt to use this procedure.
Pathfinder Central 2013 1st Quarter Meeting
2013 1st Quarter Meeting--February 19, 2013
CD and DVD cleaning available at CKLS--Send your dirty and scratched discs to Missy in Techincal Services. Make sure your library's name is somewhere on the disc.
When placing holds, mark Next Available Copy, unless a specific copy is needed. If you mark a specific copy please put a short explanation in the notes field when placing the hold.
Check for updates on bugs and developments on Pathfinder Central Online Forum: http://pathfindercentral.freeforums.org
Please protect DVDs and CDs that you put on the courier! Wrap them with bubble wrap! Remember to treat the lending library's materials with as much respect as you want other to treat your materials.
With all the little tasks, plus changes in the Koha system, it is nice to have a designated helpline. With a Pathfinder Central mentor, a fellow Pathfinder librarian will be paired with you for support, commiseration, insider tricks and more.
Resoure Sharing Timeline--a list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks for PILL and ILL.
Koha version 3.10 Update Webinar
Here's a link to a Koha 3.10 demo you can play with.
The above user has most permissions, but not all of them since you will all be playing on the same demo and I don't want things turned on/off and breaking. We will not be refreshing this demo, so please be considerate of your fellow ByWater partners while they learn (no changing the log in info for your users please).
If you want to log in to the OPAC you can do that too:
Maribeth's Notes (PDF)
Ideas from Pathfinder Central Trail Blazers Committee Members
Mentors for librarians who need support and additional training (DONE)
Customizing a favorites list of Reports for easy navigation to the reports each library uses the most (In Development)
Making reports searchable by number (In Development)
Using a pre-printed card to note damages on items as the arrive at a borrowing library on PILL (Coming Soon)
Nominations for Committee Member
Jan Williams has completed her first term as a Trail Blazers Committee Member. She is eligable for a 2nd 3 year term.
Jan Williams at Russell is nominated for a 2nd term
To nominate, click here. Nominations end Friday, March 8, 2013.
This is a new Pathfinder User Agreement form for all participating libraries to consult and sign. This new form presents aspects that each individual library is responsible for in keeping with the spirit of Pathfinder Central. Please have the library directory and library board chair sign this form and return to CKLS by Monday, April 1, 2013.
The Trail Blazers committee created a plan for remedial action to help libraries struggling with PILL get the training and support they need to be an efficient and active member on PILL lending and borrowing.
Dates for Next meetings:
2nd Quarter Meeting: Session During Spring Forward May 14 or 15
3rd Quarter Meeting: Thursday, August 22, 2013 10 a.m.
4th Quarter Meeting: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 10 a.m.