The conversion to Aleph version 18 begins this Friday, August 11. (Aleph powers the software used to check in/out items and the online MNCat.)
With Aleph version 18, library users will see a few changes in MNCat:
-- Browse with no match. When doing a browse search where there is no match, text "would have appeared here" will appear in list of items
-- Renewals. When a user tries to renew and cannot do so, more explanatory text will appear to tell them why (such as the item has been renewed already in the past 24 hours)
-- Basket Fix. When doing a search that they want to save, users will no longer have to redo their search after logging in. They still have to log in, but their last MnCat search will still be available. They can then select items and add to their "basket" as desired.
Starting Monday, go into MNCat, and try each of these three new features yourself. This will best help you assist patrons who might have questions about changes.
Aleph 17 (our current version) will work as usual until 4:30 p.m. Friday; however, there may be periods when response time is somewhat slow.
NOTE: Over the weekend, several things will happen, including the "My Account" feature will be disabled and circulation will occur "off-line". Aleph will also be down for 1/2 hour beginning at 4:30 Friday and for 10 minutes late Sunday. These things do not affect us because Reserve is not be open Sat. or Sun.
Late Sunday, conversion to version 18 will be complete.
--MNCat users will be accessing version 18 automatically.
--Staff users must use the version 18 to access Aleph.
--Aleph ILL will be available.
Beginning Monday, August 14:
--Online (regular) circulation will resume
--Access to Your Account will be restored.
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