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Waiting for an order to arrive? Try a Preferred Search October 6, 2006

Posted by Mia in CLUES/WebPAC, Collections.

When you already know a particular book is on order, and you want to be notified by email when it arrives, try this:

1) log into your “My Library Record.” Conduct a title search to pull up that exact title. When the record is displayed on your screen, click “Save as Preferred Search”.

(or, when you discover a title in CLUES that is on order, drag your cursor across the title in order to copy it; then go into “My Library Record” and paste into the title search to pull just that record back up).

2) Go back into your library record, click on link for your “Preferred Searches”. Put a check mark in the column to “Mark for Email” next to the title. Update the list.

3) Sit back and wait for the email notification to arrive. An alert should be generated once the book has been catalogued.

Email alerts are run in a batch, once a week. The system is currently configured to check these email alerts against the “CATDATE” (date of cataloguing) value in the bib record.

Note that these alerts do not check for material “IN PROCESS”, since those records do not yet have a CATDATE value.

Alternatively, it would be possible to configure the system settings to use the RDATE (received date) instead of the CATDATE; though that option has not undergone any testing to determine what the implications might be.