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Using Contents Notes
September 27 2021 Patrons often ask Miss Honey where to find a specific poem or short story which isn't published as its own title. The patron would need to search a much broader topic first, and then think to search the index or the table of contents for the specific work they were looking for.  We have an easier solution–adding Contents Notes! Screen Shot 2021-09-23 at 1.29.51 PM.png Contents Notes allow you to add in additional information about a title's contents,…
September 20, 2021 Miss Honey is ordering books from a specific vendor. She knows the range of barcodes that is assigned for this particular vendor, but how can she tell which barcodes are already in use, and which are unused and available for new copies? Enter: the Unused Barcodes Report.  Screen Shot 2021-09-15 at 10.19.10 AM.png The Unused Barcodes Report allows you to generate a list of unused barcode ranges, or unused barcode labels.…
Be Prepared—Working offline
September 7th, 2021 Disaster struck, and Miss Honey has found her library with no access to Alexandria. It may or may not have been because of some road construction cutting essential wiring... and this story may or may not sound familiar to you. Whether it's cables, hardware, or hurricanes, when the show must go on, Alexandria has Offline Mode.  Alex S Offline Mode Log.…
August 30th, 2021 Miss Honey has an initiative to increase reading and library interaction with each grade level, but especially the 4th-grade class. How can she measure this? With checkouts, Researcher usage, and the right reports! Alex S Patron Monthly Checkout report.png Patron Monthly Checkouts You can see some simple and helpful checkout numbers over time, by grade. Open Reports.  Look in the Statistics / Usage category and click on the Patron Monthly Checkout Count http://support.…
August 9th, 2021 It's the beginning of the school year, meaning it's time for Miss Honey to take a look at her collection and decide what needs to be ordered, weeded, or enhanced. What percentage of her collection is ebooks? Which records are still using AACR2 rather than RDA? Are any books missing an Accelerated Reader level? While this may sound like a daunting task, there are a couple services you could use to get a quick analysis! Mitinet Diagnotic Example.…
Introducing... FAQs!
July 12th, 2021 Hello there! We're popping in with a mid-summer announcement... the Support Center officially has a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page! FAQs Still working on inventory? Or are you getting ready to catalog? Take a look at the applicable sections on the new FAQs page. The Trending FAQs http://support.companioncorp.com/display/ALEX/FAQs#FAQs-TrendingFAQs section highlights the most common questions recently answered by Customer Support.…
Let's stay in touch!
May 17th, 2021 Alex KBI Graduate.png Summer is here! It's time to catch up on your reading list and have fun in the sun. But before you go... let's make sure we stay in touch. Are you signed up for these email lists and groups? If not, consider doing so! Alexandria Makeover. It's coming soon! Sign up to receive special Makeover announcements, sneak peeks, and beta access. Newsletter. https://goalexandria.com/subscribe/ Subscribe to our monthly newsletter for seasonal posters, book reviews,…
Exports—Move and modify data
May 10th, 2021 Miss Honey needs to enter each student's charges and fines into her school's student information system (SIS). That sounds like... a lot of work. But luckily, there's no need to do it manually! She can export that information. Export_Spreadsheet Example.png Exports come in handy when you need to transfer data from Alexandria to another program. And since they come in a text file, exports have an extra perk: unlike reports, you can edit the information!…
What do you think?—Reviews
May 3rd, 2021 A lot of students have recently told Miss Honey they've submitted a book review. Awesome! But where does she approve those reviews so they show up in Researcher? Enter... Reviews Management. Alex S Reviews_Management.png Reviews are a great way to engage patrons and get them excited about what's in your collection. But you may also need to make sure they are appropriate and protect student privacy. In Reviews Management, you can control what makes it to Researcher.…
Removing holds—Easy as 1, 2, 3
March 15th, 2021  The end of the school year is approaching, and Miss Honey is wondering what she should do about holds since none of them will be fulfilled over the summer. How can she remove holds so patrons don't get any notifications about them over break? Alexandria has a utility that makes this a breeze! Alex S Utilities Remove_Holds 20-3_Release_Notes.png Version 7 Did you know that we consolidated all of our holds utilities into one back in 20.3?…


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