Tag Archives: MIDCAT

“Notify me when available” button

If you search MIDCAT for an item that is checked out, you may notice a “notify me when available” button. When the item gets returned, it will be put on hold for you and you will get an email indicating that it is ready to be picked up.

Starting June 1st, we will turn on requesting of available items so that patrons at Breadloaf and Mills can request these items to be picked up at their respective locations. When this happens, that button will change to “Place Request” because we can only have one distinct button for all web requesting. The function will remain the same, but the text will be different. Once the summer sessions are over, we will revert back to the “notify me when available” button and available items will not be requestable.

Users should also note that a faster way of getting an item that is checked out would be to place a request via NExpress or Interlibrary Loan.

No MIDCAT in new library site???

Many researchers are surprised and dismayed that there’s no easy way to get to MIDCAT in the new library site.  There is!!!  If someone can’t find MIDCAT, they’re probably using Internet Explorer version 6.  In IE 6, the “Library Quick Search” portal–with MIDCAT, articles, journals and more–displays at the bottom of the front page rather than at the top.  We tested the new site on multiple browsers, but alas, this issue didn’t become apparent until after launch.  We’ve reported the problem and hope for a resolution soon.

If you can’t find MIDCAT, try scrolling down.  Pass it on!