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Procedures: January 2012 Archives

The patron log-in method for Interlibrary Loan will be changing to the University of Minnesota's LDAP (U of M Internet ID and Password) authentication on Wednesday, January 11th.

At present, patrons create their own ILLiad user names and passwords. When we change to LDAP authentication, patrons who currently use a personal ILLiad username (non-U of M Internet ID) will be directed to a registration page where they will need to create a new account . ILL staff will then merge their old account with the new one. Patrons who currently use their U of M Internet ID as their username do not need to re-register; they will be directed to the Main Menu once they log in.

This change means that users no longer need to maintain a separate username and log-in to use Interlibrary Loan.

Please let us know if there are questions.

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Hi all, just a friendly reminder to all of you doing mail this break, and continuing on to next semester.

When picking up the incoming mail from the 1st Floor, make sure you are only picking up mail intended for Circulation. Well how do I know what is intended for Circulation, you might ask? There are a few helpful reminders.

All mail items to be processed by circulation come in only one type of bin. It's the bin we're all familiar with: gray, one size (large), with the fully removable top, marked "Sci-En Walter." There are a couple quick questions you can ask yourself if you are unsure:
-Is the bin shorter than the rest?
-Does the bin have a lid that opens in the middle like the jaws of an alligator?
-Is the bin/cover red?
-Does the bin just say "Mail"?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, do not process the mail inside the bin.

Another handy tip is to look inside the mail bin. Are there envelopes and other "mail" type stuff? Are there books but no routing slips? Do the books look new? If so, most likely these books are not for you. However, if you have any question about whether a bin is for Circulation while doing the mail, please feel free to consult Amy, Mary, Priscilla, or myself.

Also, if the box is marked "For Tim Engelstad, Walter Circulation" or the like, please bring it down and leave it in my office somewhere out of the way. Under the desk is just splendid!

Thanks,
Tim

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