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September 16th, 2019 Miss Honey has a cart of books with her. She has selected the perfect number and variety for her Approved Book Report List. But... how does she make a searchable list in Researcher with those books on the cart? Alex S Circulation Assign_Keywords.png Normally, your patrons are searching for a particular book because they don't have it in front of them. Librarians, however, are used to working with books they've already pulled. For this reason,…
Refresher—Patron Status
September 9th, 2019 The school year is in full swing, kids are checking out books, and they are starting to flood you with questions like "What do I have checked out?" or "Is it time to renew my book yet?" Okay, those aren't particularly difficult questions. And it's not like you mind helping them, but... they can also find out that information themselves using Patron Status. Then there's more time left for reading! Alex S Status Mobile.…
Refresher—Promoting new items
September 3rd, 2019 Have you recently added new titles http://support.companioncorp.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=17598662 to your catalog? Now it's time to get your patrons just as excited about that illustrated Harry Potter set as you are! Here are a few ways you can use Alexandria to let your patrons know what's now available. https://s3.amazonaws.com/compimage/GIFs/Alex+GIF+Slideshow+HarryPotter.gif Slideshows Create a slideshow to show off new items! First,…
Refresher—Circulation commands
August 26th, 2019 Who else forgets keyboard shortcuts two seconds after learning them? Well, you're in good company. Alexandria has many useful commands, but it's easy to forget what they are—especially if you've had a long break! Here's a refresher to get you back in the rhythm of quickly navigating the Circulation module. Alex S Circulation CommandHelp.png H - Place a hold (on any copy) Bring up the patron placing the hold as the Current Patron in Circulation. Enter H in the Command Line.…
Refresher—Printing labels
August 19th, 2019 If you've added new items to your collection—like we discussed last week http://support.companioncorp.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=17598662—you might need to print some new barcode and spine labels. Here's some information on how to easily choose and customize your labels using Alexandria Reports! Alex S Reports Copy_Labels_(8x6_Tall)_Variable Options.png Go to Reports > Copies > Labels and you'll find a list of spine and barcode labels. There are lots of options...…
Refresher—Adding records
August 12, 2019 A new school year probably means adding new students and new items. But it's been a while since you've had to work in Alexandria... You might be thinking, "Okay, I've opened the program... now how do I add records again?" Don't worry. We've got your back! Let's go through a quick refresher. SmartMARC Title Assistant.png Add patron records Importing patrons  If you bring in your student records with an import, remember these five things: In Alexandria Imports,…
Prep time—Beginning-of-Year
August 5, 2019 The world has turned yet again and it's getting closer to the new school term. What can you do to prepare your library with Alexandria? Well, we have quite a few resources for you to check out! Beginning-of-Year Procedures Alex KBI Calendars B.png Beginning-of-Year Procedures. Every year we try to make them better. Read over our updated v7 Beginning-of-Year Procedures article to follow the steps or just make sure you didn't miss anything! Or are you still on version 6?…
Summer break cleanup, anyone?
May 13, 2019 Alex KBI Graduate.png End-of-Year Procedures Before you can take a break with full satisfaction, you'll want to prep your library for the summer. We have some general recommendations on our blog https://www.goalexandria.com/librarian-end-of-school-year-checklist/, and we've revamped our End-of-Year Procedures article just for you.  Have you been following our release announcements? Here are a few things that might be useful this time of year.…
What have I read?
Tip for May 06, 2019 Do you have some voracious readers in your library? Maybe one or two of them have asked you to pick out books for them to read. Let’s use Darla as an example. I know she likes adventure, fantasy, and other teen reads. I recently read Anne of Green Gables for the first time—might that be the perfect book recommendation?—but how do I know she hasn't already read it? I could wrack my brain for a bunch of titles and present a stack of books to Darla next time she visits,…
Mobile inventory—Offline Mode
Tip for April 29, 2019 Inventory requires a lot of moving around. Do you want to be tied, literally, to your computer and scanner? Of course not. So let's go mobile! Alex S Offline Mobile.PNG So, what do you need to be a mobile inventorying super librarian? Alexandria 7 Offline Mode A smartphone A Bluetooth scanner connected to your phone A library collection with scannable barcodes A great attitude (Kidding! You can do this even if you aren't super happy about it.…


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