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Searching by Subject
November 21, 2022 pashaSR01-laptop_small.png http://support.companioncorp.com/display/ALEX/Who%27s+Who November is Native American Heritage month. Want to easily look up books about it, or any particular subject for a themed display or class project? You can search by Subject in Alexandria.  Screen Shot 2022-11-15 at 5.38.11 PM.png Screen Shot 2022-11-15 at 5.40.48 PM.png In the current Alexandria, go to Items, select search, then the ISBN/LCCN drop-down, then select Subject.…
November 14, 2022 Ever been in the middle of setting up a genre-based book display and realized not all of the books had that genre assigned? You can use the Assign Keywords Circulation Command— it's a quick and easy way to add a MARC tag with the specific keywords to item records without having to go in and individually edit each record.  Key with book-squashed.jpg The Assign Keywords command is V, followed by a code letter specifying what kind of MARC tag you are applying the keyword to.…
November 7, 2022 The Holidays are here, and you are probably getting some fun themed displays together in your library. Want to easily keep track of which items are on the display? Here's how. autumn books-squashed.jpg You can mark items as on display a couple of ways, depending if you want them to be allowed to be checked out or not. For displays where you don't want the items to get checked out: Navigate to Circulation. Make the "For Library Use" system patron current (barcode 3).…
October 31, 2022 The Alexandria Makeover http://support.companioncorp.com/display/ALEX/Alexandria+Makeover betas are in full swing, and we are getting closer every day to the release. Want some extra help learning the new interface? We've got you covered. We're making NEW videos for the Makeover interface, and we started with the obvious: Circulation. You can see all the Circulation videos here. Stay tuned for more videos coming soon, and make sure to subscribe to our Youtube https://www.…
A note about patron notes
October 24, 2022 Imagine it's a busy day in your library, and a parent asks if there is any way to ensure their child doesn't check out any books about mummies, because they have been having nightmares. A quick way to see to this is by adding a patron alert note! librarian with student-squashed.jpg With the patron current, type "! No books on mummies" into the command line and hit <enter>. This adds the note as a patron alert.</enter>…
Shortcut to vendors
October 17, 2022 Do you know about the vendor menu in Circulation? It's a quick-access hub to all your vendors that level up your library.  library book ideas-squashed.jpg The vendor menu is great for when you're going about your day at the library, and you get a book request from one of your patrons for the next book in a popular series. Instead of having to look it up the vendor separately, you can just open your vendor menu and click on the one you need to get to their website.…
October 10, 2022 With everything else you have going on in your library, spending time balancing your receipts for fees, fines, and payments is the last thing you need. That's where the Cash Drawer report comes in!  Autumn working at computer.jpg Running the Report To run the report, go to Circulation, and click the KNT G Actions.pngAction Menu.  (In the current interface, the actions menu is on the left. In the Makeover interface, it's on the right.) Click Cash Drawer Balance,…
Build better bulletins
October 2, 2022 Bulletins got a makeover! Not only does it look snazzier, but it's mobile friendly and works better with Google forms. Time to break out the newsgroup signups and book quizzes! Are you having a book fair? You can make a special bulletin for the fair, and add a Google form to easily let patrons and volunteers sign up. TOTW Book Fair Bulletin.png How to Add a Google Form to your Bulletin Create the Google form https://support.google.com/docs/answer/6281888?hl=en&co=GENIE.…
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.…


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