More fun with Millennium today. Still not completely friends with it.
Found out that since we're all one big happy system
now it's perfectly possible for me to check out an interlibrary loan
from another library that a patron has brought back to us onto to my
card. I didn't even realize it wasn't our book, but yesterday spied a
copy of a book I wanted to read that had just come back to us and I
checked it out. It wasn't until later that I noticed it had the stamp
of one of our fine state college libraries stamped on the top edge of
its pages. This is odd, because I had checked it into VTLS before
checking it out to myself, so VTLS should have let me know it wasn't
ours to loan by a slightly altered version of its usual BEEP. It
And today we had more problems with returned
interlibrary loans not beeping properly to alert us. I think we figured
out what's wrong. Millennium has subversively taken control over all
computer sounds and is no longer allowing VTLS to make sounds proper to
its programming. This means we'll have to pay attention to the screen
when checking anything in so that we don't accidentally shelve other
We also are having to contend with problems raised by
the fact that not all libraries in our new collective have the new
library cards to give out yet. They all have the Millennium system up
and running, but many can't issue new cards because they don't have them
to issue. Not that this is stopping one of them in particular.
Town-D's library decided that since they had Millennium up, they were
just gonna start issuing new cards to their patrons whether or not they
had any to give. What they're doing is entering patrons into the
system, inserting the existing 10-digit patron barcode with 4 digits of
random numbers inserted at the front of it and calling it a day. They
then tell these lucky patrons not to get a library card at any other
library and that they'll be mailing them a new one when they arrive.
(Can we say, "waste of postage?")
We'd heard rumors this was happening, as one of our
part time employees, Mrs. H, also works part time at Town-D's branch and
had alerted us. However, we didn't think it was a problem, beyond just
being a dumb idea, until one of their patrons turned out to be one of
our patrons and came in to get a library card from us despite being told
not to do that by Town-D.
I'd already had him fill out the application, choose
what form his card would take and told him he would have to have it
before checking books out in the future. I then typed most of his info
into our computer when his record magically appeared on the screen.
"Do you already have a new card?" I asked, perplexed.
"Yeah," he said, explaining it was from Town-D then adding, "Only they didn't give me a card."
I grumbled and growled about the lunacy of making new
patron cards without the $#@%ing cards when I hit upon an idea. Since
we're all one big happy system now, I just went into his record and
replaced Town-D's bogus 14 digit barcode from the non-existent card with
a genuine 14 digit barcode from a real live card, which I then gave to
He was happy. I was happy. And Town-D will be mighty confused.