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October 26th, 2020 In Alexandria, it's easy to catalog items whether you understand MARC tags and subfields or not. However, if you can't find a spot for the information you want to add in a title record, you may need to switch to MARC View and add it that way. So... where can you go to find information about what each tag and subfield represents? Alex S Items MARC View Editor.png The Library of Congress (LOC) website has a special section devoted to MARC tags and fields,…
October 19th, 2020 For cataloging purposes, Miss Honey's library uses the Resource Description & Access (RDA) format for their mediums. But this makes filtering searches by medium difficult... how are patrons supposed to know that "text-unmediated-volume" actually means it's a book or "spoken word-audio-audio disc" is an audiobook on a CD? With Alexandria, you can have the best of both worlds! Alex S Authority_Control Medium_Edit_Alias.…
October 13th, 2020 We've got another recent improvement for you to check out! If you haven't already, take a look at the new Copy List. This is where you'll go in Circulation to see a list of all copies belonging to a title (including their sites, locations, statuses, and details) as well as that title's holds queue. Alex S Circulation Copy_List.png Like Patron Details http://support.companioncorp.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=28086251 and Item Details http://support.companioncorp.…
October 5th, 2020 Have you tried out the new and improved Item Details yet? Just like Patron Details, we've reorganized things and added more helpful information. Take a look! Alex S Circulation Item_Details.png Now it's even easier to get to know the books in your collection. Item Details http://support.companioncorp.com/display/ALEX/Current+Item#CurrentItem-ActionsMenu contains reviews, links, genres, subjects, all study programs, awards, publisher information, and the item's summary.…
September 28th, 2020 How long has it been since you've cleaned out your Z39.50 servers? ...months, years, decades? Don't worry, you're not the only one. Let's go over the basics of maintaining your list! Alex S Preferences Z3950.png Keeping your collection of Z39.50 servers up-to-date allows you to use Title Assistant more effectively, which assists you in adding or updating title records. Clean out your list by testing and removing servers that no longer work. Test Z39.…
September 21st, 2020 As Miss Honey checks in a copy of The Hunger Games, an in-stock hold notification pops up for Darla Anderson. And it just so happens that Darla's in the class currently visiting the library. What's the fastest way for Miss Honey to immediately check out this book to Darla so she can just hand it to her? Alex S Circulation In_Stock_Hold_Notification.png There are a couple ways to quickly check out a returned book to the next person waiting for it.…
September 14th, 2020 You told us, and we listened! With your feedback, we updated Patron Details to be more efficient and helpful than ever before. Have you given it a try yet? Alex S Circulation Patron Details.png Along with the reorganization, we've made Patron Details interactive! Say you want to renew an item or forgive a charge for the patron whose Details you're viewing. Simply click on that section's heading (i.e.…
Customize your notices!
September 8th, 2020 Miss Honey has a new procedure for picking up holds, but patrons keep forgetting to only come during certain hours. How can she remind patrons of the new pickup hours each time they have holds ready? Well, with Alexandria, she can customize the text of her automatic in-stock hold notices! Alex S Preferences Circulation Letters.png While Alexandria comes with default text for various notices, we realize you may need to change the text to suit the needs of the moment.…
August 31st, 2020 Is your library now running remotely? If so, you'll probably need to set up some email notices. Overdue items, unpaid charges, coming due items... Learn how to schedule notices for all of these with Alexandria! Alex S Reports In_Stock_Hold_Notice_Report (email_to_patron).png With email notices, you'll be able to easily give patrons important information without needing to see them or individually email everyone. Version 7 Make your life easier by saving http://support.…
Refresher—Checking in items
August 24th, 2020 Has it been a while since you've ventured into Alexandria? If so, you might need to brush up on some things... but no worries! Here's a quick refresher on checking in items. Alex S Circulation Bookdrop_Mode.png Checking in items from Circulation is easy peasy!  You'll have to use Bookdrop mode (B) http://support.companioncorp.com/display/ALEX/Circulation+Commands#CirculationCommands-B. "Bookdrop" is another word for "check in,…


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