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May 9, 2006

ALERT: Library Online Catalog Upgrade scheduled in June -- Downtime approximately two weeks

Beginning June 15, the University Library’s online catalog will be temporarily disabled for approximately two weeks while the system is being upgraded. This downtime will not affect other online Library services such as electronic databases, indexes, and journals.

There are two key dates to keep in mind. Effective at the start of day on June 6 , users will be unable to place requests for materials from other CARLI libraries (Illinois consortium) via the online catalog. UIUC users will still be able to place requests via the online catalog for materials owned locally until June 14 when the online catalog becomes static. Local and CARLI requesting will be available again once the system is restored.

Starting June 14 at 5:00 PM, the online catalog will be "static". This will have the following effects:

1) Users will be unable to charge or renew materials in the online catalog. Users will still be able to charge and renew books in person at a Library service desk.

2) No new records will be added to UIUC online catalog or to the statewide I-Share catalog. The information in the catalog will be correct as of 5:00 PM, June 14.

3) The circulation status of Library materials will not necessarily be up-to-date.

Materials returned by users to the Library during this period will not be discharged from users’ accounts until the system is reactivated; however, materials also will not come due during the downtime. Library materials cannot be recalled during this period, and no overdue or pickup notices will be sent. While users will be able to access “My Account,” the “MyAccount” button on the WebVoyage toolbar will lead to a page warning them that the information in their account display is not current.

The Library estimates that the downtime will last a maximum of two weeks. The Library regrets any inconvenience this may temporarily cause its users. The staff of the Library's Telephone Center (333-8400) will be available to assist users with any questions or problems.

Melody Allison
Assistant Biology Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library Administration
Biology Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
101 Burrill Hall, 407 South Goodwin
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-7461; 3654

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-- James Madison

Posted by mmalliso at May 9, 2006 3:48 PM