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staff blog on Polaris and beyond

Polaris Points - 5/10/18

When holds are trapped in the sorter, notifications may be going out before we actually have a chance to wrap the hold and get it out on the floor.  Notifications are automatically sent out at 8 am, 12 pm and 4 pm.  If something gets trapped at 11:55, the patron will be notified at 12:00pm and theoretically could show up at 12:05 but we haven’t finished the process yet.  (This has happened a few times already.)  Laurie is working on workflow to help reduce this issue and we might ask CCS not to run all 3 notifications…I will keep you posted.


CCS updates - 5/4/18

Have you logged out today?

You have probably encountered a locked record in Polaris. Records are locked to avoid two people editing the record at the same time. Even if you aren't editing it, you could be blocking another staff member from doing so.


Polaris Points - 5/3/18


If a patron checks out an item at the shelf-check that was not checked in, the self-check will automatically check the item in, remove any holds from the previous user’s account and then check the item out to the patron.  If you ever see a receipt that says “forced check out” this is what has happened. (Editors note: this is a good thing.)


Heads Up Updates - 4/27/18

1)     Mobile App Testing, get your input in now. iPads were brought to the service desks by IT with the app installed. If you’re interested to see what we’re going to replace the Boopsie app with, it is an app called Des Plaines Library (to be renamed to DPPL Mobile.) Give it a try and let me know if you have feedback! The changes we are asking Communico to make can be found here: -- I’d love to hear your suggestions.

2)      Problems with the Boopsie app are fixed. Once Communico is up and running, details will be posted about how we're sunsetting Boopsie and letting patrons know. 

3)      Still waiting on eContent . Several eBooks are missing from the PowerPAC catalog AND many eBook/eAudiobook titles from other library Overdrive subscriptions continue to display in the public Catalog. It might be frustrating for patrons to get to this Overdrive screen but then be unable to check something out with their DPPL card. CCS is working on fixing this though we don't have an ETA on it.
Up to date info is also found on the eBooks & More page. 



Polaris Points - 4/25/2018

1)      BLOCKS  You may notice notes popping up on your screen while in Leap (when placing a hold for a patron, when checking a patron’s materials out, etc.).  These notes are called BLOCKS.  They are not used in the way we used Blocks in Sirsi.  A Block can be as simple as alerting you that a patron has a hold waiting for them.  It might tell you that the patron has fines.  It also may tell you that this patron is Barred.  Make sure to read the Blocks. 

2)      Cancelled holds – Cancelled holds remain in a patron’s account for 90 days.  Most cancelled holds can be reinstated if the patron wants the item on hold again.

3)      Number of Renewals – The number of renewals allowed on an item depends on WHERE the item comes from.  Here in Des Plaines, we allow up to 3 potential renewals on most items.  If a patron checks out a DPPL item, they will see 3 out of 3 renewals left in their account.  However, Round Lake, for instance, only allows 2 renewals.  If a patron checks out an item here that came from Round Lake, they will only get up to 2 potential renewals.  And if a patron checks out an item that came from Wilmette, they will get up to 4 potential renewals.