February AspenCat Users’ Group Meeting Overview

Welcome to new libraries – PLAR help – Discovery Layer Updates, and MORE! Look below to see our meeting agenda and notes, along with some helpful links! You can also listen to the meeting here.

Welcome to new libraries Hugo Public Library and Lamar Public Library!

PLAR Reports

Discovery Layer Updates

  • Historic Newspapers
    • We have a placard for CHNC and then you click in there and search for articles (we now have this set up for all our libraries).
    • We’re hoping to have more integration in the near future!
  • Discovery Layer Statistics
    • Let us know if you want access to the stats
    • Also let us know if you want different statistics
  • Web Builder
    • We now have the option of adding a custom web page to your Discovery Layer (see Security’s here!) or we can work to change your Discovery Layer into a website (see an example here). This is something your library will ultimately be able to maintain.
  • Browse Category Discovery Layer Permissions
    • Send in a ticket to schedule training if you’d like to manage your Browse Categories.

Prospector Update

  • 50 libraries are up and running on borrowing staff-initiated part of SWIFT, they are working on another 20. They are working on getting as many libraries onto the borrowing piece first. They will try one library with lending, and then go on to patron-initiated borrowing.
  • If you have not started this process yet, SWIFT needs connection information (your local library static IP address, external not internal) from your library and a piece of software downloaded. https://www.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/uncategorized/swift-migration-start-your-engines/
  • Once they have that information, you will test the client and your logins will then be created by Innovative staff.

ILL Item Types

  • There is now an option for an ILL item type with a 7 day circulation period. Send in a ticket if you would like this added for your library.

New Reports

*If you need a specific report, just send in a ticket!*

ByWater is moving us to a new server soon, that should pick up some more speed (there might be some downtime for this, so we will let you know when it should happen)

Spring Workshop registration is open!