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December 6 2021 Ho ho hold on–winter break is coming too fast! Don't worry, we have compiled some great tips to help you get your library in order before the holidays. Alex S Reports Coming_Due_Items_Notice Notice_Text_Example.png Winter (break) is coming! Are your period due dates set? Period due dates are fixed due dates that require items to be returned to the library, regardless of the loan period or any other circumstances. Make sure yours is set! Fee, Fine, Foe, Um?…
November 29 2021 "Miss Honey, I got an email that I have some overdue books, but I can't find them! I don't even remember what they look like..." Does this sound familiar? Well, Miss Honey decided to update her Overdue Items Notice report to include cover art, and you should too! Including the cover art with your Overdue Items Notices can help students and parents/guardians find the items easier, which means getting items returned and back on the shelves sooner.…
November 22 2021 Miss Honey's library is always busy, and sometimes keeping up with everything seems impossible. Luckily, Miss Honey has set up automatic email notices for holds, reservations, overdue items, and charges. So while Alexandria is taking care of sending notices out, she can focus on the immediate needs of her patrons. Alex S Preferences Circulation_Settings Automatic_Email_Notifications.png Are you ready to switch to automatic emails?  First,…
November 15 2021 Miss Honey was about to print spine labels for some new books when her fellow librarian stopped her. "Wait! Why don't you use the Copy Labels Variable instead? You can customize them much more than the traditional copy label reports!" Miss Honey liked the new controls so much she printed new spine labels for all her large print books with–you guessed it!–a larger font. Have you tried the Copy Labels Variable reports? Alex S Reports Copy Labels Variable.…
November 8 2021 Ms. Honey has been wishing for a while that she had more options for customizing labels. She was discussing it with another librarian when she found out those options are already available in a new report! Turns out she was making her labels using a "legacy report"; legacy reports are old reports that will be removed from Alexandria in the future.   Ms. Honey made the simple move from the familiar legacy reports to our new and improved reports, which have the options she needs.…
November 1, 2021 We have lots of useful reports here at Alexandria, and we are always working on ways to improve them. We've done some reorganizing! Here's the 411:  Alex S Reports All Reports.png We added some new categories, and changed some of the existing categories to improve the organization and usability of our reports. Take a look at the 20.12 Release Notes http://support.companioncorp.com/display/ALEX/20.12+Release+Notes, 21.1 Release Notes http://support.companioncorp.…
October 25, 2021 Miss Honey knows that after Halloween, winter break comes faster than an avalanche–and with it, the need for patrons to return everything before heading out for the holidays. Taking a few minutes to set her period due dates early will make life easier for Miss Honey and the rest of her library staff.  Alex S Preferences Calendar.png Period due dates are fixed due dates that require items to be returned to the library, regardless of the loan period or any other circumstances.…
October 18 2021 One of the library assistants asks Miss Honey to help her find the available titles by Roald Dahl for a display she is making. Then, she asks for all the titles by Shel Silverstein... and then Roald Dahl again, because she can't remember the results from the first search. Is there a way Miss Honey can keep multiple search results in Item Management, even from different authors? Absolutely.  Alex S Items Search Results.png Combining search results is easy,…
October 11, 2021 Darla lost the copy of Goose Girl she checked out months ago. This isn't the first item she has lost, either! The problem is, Miss Honey's library staff handles lost items in different ways. What is the correct way to ensure that Darla is charged the appropriate fee, and the lost item is correctly marked in Alexandria?  Alex S Circulation Items Out Lost.png Don't worry–the process of marking items Lost or Discarded is simple.…
October 4th, 2021 Miss Honey wants to highlight new inventory in the library collection for her patrons. She can easily do this using Search Strings! Ales S Researcher Smart Search String.png Have you ever wondered how you can use Search Strings?  Search Strings are great to link to Explore buttons or Slideshows, which you can use to highlight items in your collection.  If Miss Honey wanted to create an Explore button for new inventory in the library,…


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