Level up your searching 
September 26, 2022 Did you know that Researcher has four different ways to search? Empower your patrons to level up their searching game and utilize your library. Librarian with students at computer -squashed.jpg 1. Explore  Explore is the easiest search level, because it is completely click-based–no typing or spelling needed. Explore is fully customizable through Explore Builder, where librarians enter the search terms and determine what topics are highlighted.…
Missing the MARC? 
September 19, 2022 Are your patrons missing out on search results because of common misspellings? We have a solution! You can add commonly misspelled words to your MARC tags. student spelling on computer-squashed.jpg How To: Use the MARC View Editor http://support.companioncorp.com/display/ALEX/MARC+View+Editor to add alternative terms and/or common misspellings for author names (700_a) and subjects (600 - 651) http://support.companioncorp.com/display/ALEX/Title+Records#TitleRecords-Subjects.…
September 12, 2022 You can introduce your students to the genres in your library in a variety of fun ways–like having them select a genre and read a book in it, present to the class about it (and even dress up to match!). But how can you make your catalog easy for genre searching? hand grabbing book from library shelf-squashed.jpg Clean up your Genres  Start by ensuring all the genres you library needs are set up and ready to have items assigned to it. Review Mystery, fantasy,…
We're on top of topnav! 
September 6, 2022 Here at Companion, we're really busy getting the Makeover betas ready to launch into full service. But we aren't too busy to improve the Researcher Topnav and Bulletins for you. Take a look at some of the exciting updates to help your patrons navigate Researcher.  student searching library computer-squashed.jpg Scout, Browse, the Researcher hub, Bulletins, Slideshow, and Patron Status have a completely reorganized topnav with some new features.  Screen Shot 2022-08-29 at 1.47.…
August 29, 2022 When your physical collection is separated by call number, you can use maps to point patrons to the right place in your library. But what about when the call number doesn't indicate the location, or the book has been put in a special spot temporarily? Using the Copy Location and Copy Shelving fields allow you to include additional information for specific copies. As an added bonus, patrons can filter search results in Researcher with Copy Location!…
August 22, 2022 September is Hispanic Heritage Month, and we thought now would be a perfect time to refresh your memory on searching by language in Alexandria.  Different languages-squashed.jpg Researcher Did you know that your patrons can filter Search results in Researcher by language? In Search (/search) once a patron enters a search term and has results, they can use the filter icon to go to Language to filter out the results. (Note that the filter only looks at the first 041_a tag.…
August 15, 2022 They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and as reading lovers, we aren't sure we agree. BUT, it is true that having patron pictures in Alexandria makes your life easier. Here's all you need to know about patron pictures! taking photo-squashed.jpg Importing Patron Pictures Go to Tools > Import. Select Images from the categories pane. On the Imports pane, click Choose File. Locate the patron image file on your computer, then click Open to select it for import.…
August 8, 2022 Do your senior students end the school year early? You can set a custom calendar now to make their end-of-year due date earlier. That's one less thing to worry about when school is wrapping up! Student reading in library-squashed.jpg Create the Calendar Open Preferences and select Calendars in the Management category. (In the Makeover this is in Tools > Calendars.) Select your Standard Calendar.  Click the Actions Alex G Actions-G.pngbutton, and select Duplicate.…
Back to school, already??
August 1, 2022 Your library aisles may still be empty, but cooler temperatures and back to school shopping are right around the corner. Here's what you can do now to get ready for the upcoming school year! empty library halls-squashed.jpg Beginning-of-Year Procedures - All the info you need in one place for getting Alexandria ready to go for the new school year.  Want easier patron management? Ask us about GG4L at sales@goalexandria.com mailto:sales@goalexandria.com?…
July 11th, 2022 School may be out for the summer, but public libraries are in full swing!  We're stopping in with a quick tip for all the public libraries using Alexandria.  Cat with library card-squashed.jpg Add Expiration Dates Putting expiration dates on your patron accounts helps you keep track of your patrons, and keep your system organized. First, enable account expiration dates by going to to Preferences > Patrons > then deselect Disable account expiration dates.…


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