Author Archives: Terry Simpkins

Problems with Format Limits (“Scopes”) in MIDCAT (library catalog)

MIDCAT, the Library catalog, is currently experiencing some problems with searches limited to certain media formats (“scopes” in library lingo).   This problem is affecting searches limited to formats selected from the drop-down menu as well those selected using the tabs across the top of the search screen:

MIDCAT limits not currently working

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifically:  searches using AUTHOR, TITLE, etc., indexes in combination with the format limits are NOT working properly (we definitely have CDs with “Beethoven” as the author!):

 

 

 

 

 

The easiest way to work around this might be to simply use a KEYWORD search.  KEYWORD searches in combination with the limits (scopes) seem to be unaffected:

 

 

 

 

 

If a KEYWORD search returns too many results, or is undesirable for some other reason, another way to work around this issue is as follows:

1) Perform a search of any kind WITHOUT using one of the media limits.  This search can be a search of a specific index (e.g., AUTHOR, TITLE, SUBJECT, etc.) or a KEYWORD search.

2) Once you receive your results, click either the “Modify Search” button (if you searched by KEYWORD) or the “Limit/Sort Search” button (if you searched using an AUTHOR, TITLE, etc. index)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) From the next screen, you can choose a format limit and click “Submit”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing, and hope to have this corrected soon.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery & Access Services
Davis Family Library 135A
Middlebury College
110 Storrs Ave.
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-443-5045
tsimpkin@middlebury.edu

Upcoming library catalog (MIDCAT) downtime – June 12

In preparation for our migration of the Middlebury and MIIS library catalogs to a new version of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., software, the library catalog (MIDCAT) will be unavailable on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

The library will remain open, but you will not be able to check out, return, or renew materials until the system upgrade is complete.  We do expect Summon (go.middlebury.edu/summon) to remain functional if you need to search our journals and databases, or if you simply want to use it to lookup an item to see if the library owns it.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery and Access Services
Davis Family Library
802-443-5045

MIDCAT downtime tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/6/18

Hello again

This is another reminder that MIDCAT will be unavailable on Tuesday, Mar. 6, between 4AM-8AM.  This includes staff client side functions as well as the webPAC (go/midcat/) and includes all lookup and checkout functions, among other services.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery and Access Services
Davis Family Library
802-443-5045

Upcoming library catalog (MIDCAT) downtime – take 2

Greetings!

As most of you probably are aware, Innovative’s first attempt at adding a 2nd serials and acquisitions unit to our Millennium library catalog was not successful.  Therefore, we are trying again on Tuesday, Mar. 6, between 4AM-8AM.  As with our first try, during this period, MIDCAT will be unavailable, including lookup and checkout functions.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery and Access Services
Davis Family Library
802-443-5045

Upcoming library catalog (MIDCAT) downtime

In preparation for our upcoming merge of the Middlebury and MIIS library catalogs, our vendor, Innovative Interfaces, Inc., will be adding a 2nd serials and acquisition unit to our Millennium installation.  This addition requires a short period of downtime, which will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 4AM-8AM.  During this period, MIDCAT will be unavailable, including lookup and checkout functions.

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery and Access Services
Davis Family Library
802-443-5045

MIDCAT scheduled upgrade and down-time

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, our systems vendor Innovative Interfaces will be performing an upgrade of MIDCAT, the library catalog.  We expect the catalog to be unavailable from approximately 3AM-5AM Tuesday morning.

Apologies for any inconvenience, and thank you in advance for your understanding.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery & Access Services
Middlebury College Libraries

Erroneous Library Overdue Notices

Earlier this morning, many of you may have received automated email notices generated by our library system (MIDCAT) erroneously informing you of having overdue library materials. Please ignore these notices.  We are investigating why these notices were sent, but please be assured that the materials are NOT currently charged out to your account.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

Terry Simpkins
Director, Discovery & Access Services
Middlebury Library