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NHAIS Notes is a way for the New Hampshire State Library to disseminate information about NHAIS programs and issues. The mission of the New Hampshire Automated Information System (NHAIS) is to promote and improve access to library and information resour



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Book repair classes coming in May

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:57:00 +0000

By popular demand, free book repair classes will be offered in New Hampshire again next spring.  Kary Barth from Kapco will conduct the classes on Wednesday, May 9, in Littleton (1 p.m.); Thursday, May 10, in Merrimack (9 a.m.) and Hooksett (2 p.m.); and Friday, May 11, in Marlboro (10 a.m.).  Further details will be provided when registration opens in March.



Van Delivery Service - November 2017 News

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:23:00 +0000

The New Hampshire State Library will be closed on the following days in the month of November:


Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day
Thursday, November 23, 2017, Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 24, 2017, Day after Thanksgiving

There will be NO VAN DELIVERY on those dates.

For a complete list of all of the holidays the State Library is closed, please visit http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/librarians/van_delivery/instructions.html (the van delivery instructions) and scroll down to "NO Van Service".

If for any other reason (e.g. bad weather) van service on a particular route(s) does not operate, libraries will be notified via an e-mail message and this blog. If your library does not receive van service on a particular day, please check your e-mail and this blog before calling the State Library.

Please remember to properly label each item which you are sending via the Van Delivery Service. This will help ensure these items make it to the correct destination in a timely manner.

If you need a refresher on how items should be marked for the van, please refer to the Van Delivery Service - Instructions, http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/librarians/van_delivery/instructions.html, and scroll down to number 3 of the guidelines, "Addressing material to be sent on the van".

To print a current van directory list arranged in alphabetical order by library, please use the PDF version which is available at http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/librarians/van_delivery/documents/vandirectory.pdf
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this pdf file. If you do not have it installed on your machine, you may down load it for free from http://www.adobe.co.uk/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Due to the ever increasing load of materials transported by the New Hampshire State Library van delivery system, our vans can reach maximum capacity before the end of a van route, especially following long weekends and holidays. Our drivers can decline to accept materials if they feel they cannot fit them safely on their van. We are also asking libraries to please be aware of volume during times when there is likely to be a problem. You should prioritize your materials to be picked up, in case some items must be left until the next van pick up. That will allow us to immediately transport the most important items as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions you may contact Charles Shipman at 271-3302.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



Survey Deadline Extended

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:22:00 +0000

Because the recent storm left several NH libraries without power/internet access, we have extended the deadline for responding to the Next NHU-PAC survey to 11:45pm on Sunday, November 12, 2017. 
You will find the survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete at 
 
Consequently, it will be late November before results will be published. As of our original closing date the survey had 360+ responses. If yours wasn't one of them you have another chance to share your thoughts about what the Next NHU-PAC should be like.



OCLC number searches

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:23:00 +0000

Searches for OCLC numbers in the NHU-PAC are not currently working as they should.  We're working to get them to function correctly, so you just have to enter the numbers.

For now, you'll need to include the 2- or 3-letter prefix that goes with the number, and, for numbers with fewer than 8 digits, add enough zeroes to turn them into 8-digit numbers.  Thus, to search for OCLC# 2, enter ocm00000002.  Numbers up to 8 digits long have the prefix ocm, 9-digit numbers use the prefix ocn, and the new 10-digit numbers have on.

Again, we're working to get this corrected soon so you can just enter the numbers and not worry about prefixes.



Survey Deadline Reminder

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:12:00 +0000

Tonight at midnight the Next NHU-PAC Survey will close. If you haven't completed it yet please do so today. We want to get input from as many people in the NH Library community as possible.

You will find the survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete at 




Van Delivery Monday October 30

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:22:00 +0000

The NC van driver has decided to turn around and return home this morning due to dangerous road conditions.  She was going to try to make her NC stops later in the day if weather/road conditions permit.  Not sure if you'll get your delivery today or not.  All other vans are out making their deliveries.



Brief NHU-PAC outage Tue 10/31 7:35am

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:59:00 +0000

The NHU-PAC will be offline for about 10 minutes starting at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, October 31.  This interruption is for scheduled server maintenance.  Also expect a less-than-minute interruption of the NHU-PAC ILL program at 9 a.m.



No SW Van, Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:04:00 +0000

The SW Van Delivery Route is cancelled for today, Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  The affected libraries are:HanoverDartmouth College, HanoverLebanonMeridenRiver Valley Community College, ClaremontClaremontWalpoleWestmorelandChesterfieldKeeneRindgeJaffreyPeterboroughWiltonSorry for any inconvenience.[...]



What do YOU want in the Next NHU-PAC?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:22:00 +0000

To help NHAIS Services select the best possible system for Granite State libraries we are seeking input from the New Hampshire library community. A survey has been created and will be open until midnight on Halloween to gather your input on what the next iteration of NHU-PAC should include.  We are looking for a broad picture of the needs of NH’s libraries so multiple people at each library should complete the survey if they want to. Our hope is that we will get at least one response from each NHAIS member library. You will find the survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nextNHUPAC2017This survey will close at midnight on October 31, 2017. A summary of the results will be posted on the NHAIS blog in mid-November. [...]



No NC Van Thurs 10/12

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:51:00 +0000

The North Country (NC) route is cancelled for today, Thursday, October 12, 2017.  The affected libraries are:Whitefield White Mountains Regional High School, Whitefield Lancaster Groveton Stratford Colebrook Errol Milan White Mountains Community College, Berlin Berlin Gorham Randolph JeffersonSorry for the inconvenience.[...]



More old records without holdings removed from NHU-PAC

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:08:00 +0000

During the summer, UNH/Durham holdings were removed from the NHU-PAC at Dimond Library's request and the task of deleting "orphaned" bibliographic records began--removing all records that had been in the NHU-PAC at least 5 years and had no holdings attached.  This latest round of database downsizing has now been completed with 329,466 records deleted since July.

This morning's count of 1,735,294 bibliographic records in the NHU-PAC is down nearly 600,000 records from the database's peak at 2,327,404 in April, before the first round of culling older records without holdings was started.

(image) With this latest round of deletions, we say goodbye to titles including Biebermania!, An Archaeological Survey of Wheeler Basin on the Tennessee River in Northern Alabama, and The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody (not to be confused with The Da Vinci Cod and Other Illustrations for Unwritten Books, which still has a holding and remains in the NHU-PAC).  Also gone: 5/5/2000: Ice: the Ultimate Disaster, which boldly predicted catastrophe for our planet on the titular date, having something to do with pyramids, polar ice caps, and planetary alignments.

Should you add any of these titles to your catalog, we'll be happy to return them to the NHU-PAC.  If you're in need of a bibliographic record for these or any other titles not found in the NHU-PAC, use the online form to submit your request--but only after you've checked to make sure the record you need isn't already in the NHU-PAC; if it's there you can use a Z39.50 connection to download it.





No SW van Wed 10/4

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:32:00 +0000

Due to the driver’s illness, the SW Van Delivery Route is cancelled today, Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  The affected libraries are:Hanover Dartmouth College, HanoverLebanon Meriden River Valley Community College, Claremont Claremont Walpole Westmoreland Chesterfield Keene Rindge Jaffrey Peterborough Wilton Sorry for any inconvenience.~Rebecca~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Rebecca StockbridgeReference LibrarianNew Hampshire State Library20 Park St. Concord, NH 03301Rebecca.Stockbridge@nh.gov (603) 271-2239 www.nh.gov/nhsl~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~[...]



No NC van Fri 9/29

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:04:00 +0000

Good Morning,Due to the driver’s illness, the NC Van Delivery Route is cancelled today, Friday, September 29, 2017.  The affected libraries are:Center SandwichTamworthChocoruaConwayNorth ConwayJacksonBethlehemLittletonSorry for any inconvenience.~Rebecca[...]



No LR van Fri 9/29

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:02:00 +0000

Good Morning,The Lakes Region Delivery Route is cancelled today, Friday, September 29th, 2017.  The affected libraries are:NH State Prison, ConcordHillBristolNewfound Regional High SchoolNew HamptonMeredithCenter HarborWolfeboroAltonGilfordLaconiaSanborntonSorry for any inconvenience.~Rebecca[...]



NHU-PAC ILL class online Oct. 18

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:33:00 +0000

An online class on NHU-PAC interlibrary loan will be offered the morning of Wednesday, October 18.  We're still in the very early stages of working toward a new system so if you want to do ILL in New Hampshire you still need to know how the current ILL program works.  See the "How to Register for Classes" section on the NHAIS Services training page for details and to sign up (via the registration site link) for this free class.

Registrants will be sent login information on the day before the class.  We're using GoToMeeting for this.  You can check out the GoToMeeting FAQ page or try out a test session ahead of time to get an idea of how it works and whether your equipment meets the minimum standards.

You don't need a microphone--a text chat option will be used for questions or comments from participants.  You should be able to hear the instructor's audio through speakers/headphones/earphones attached to your computer but there's a dial-in option (regular long distance phone charges apply) if needed for audio.

If you have questions about NHU-PAC training or using the online registration system, contact the NHAIS Help Desk via e-mail or phone 271-2141.



NHU-PAC searching fixed

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:17:00 +0000

Monday, Sept. 25, 10:17 a.m.: NHU-PAC searching appears to be back to normal after stopping and restarting the search service.



Searching issues in NHU-PAC

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:13:00 +0000

Monday, Sept. 25, 10:15 a.m.: We're aware of time-outs on NHU-PAC searches and are looking into the problem now.



Brief NHU-PAC outage Tue 9/26 7:35am

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:17:00 +0000

With summer behind us (no matter what the thermometer says today), we're back to our regular server maintenance schedule and that means the NHU-PAC will be offline for about 10 minutes on Tuesday, Sept. 26, starting at 7:35 a.m.



No voicemail this weekend

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:28:00 +0000

Normally when there's nobody here at the NHAIS Help Desk to answer your call, or when we're busy on the line helping someone else, voicemail will record your message.  Our new phones even display a little red light that alerts us to your message.  This weekend, however, voicemail will be unavailable while the state's digital phone system is upgraded.  The outage begins early Saturday, Sept. 23.  Normal phone service should be restored by the time the State Library opens on Monday, Sept. 25, at 8 a.m.



Van Delivery News - Columbus Day - State Library IS Open

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:24:00 +0000

The NH State Library is OPEN on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2017, which means the Van Delivery System will be running. If you are a Monday delivery and your library is closed for the day (and the driver doesn’t have a key/alarm code for delivery) please let us know by Thursday, October 5th, 2pm, by calling the Circulation Desk (271-2616).



NHU-PAC searching fixed

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:33:00 +0000

Friday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m.: In the time it took for Christine to post the message about NHU-PAC searching not working, I was able to stop and restart the searching service and all looks OK now.



NHU-PAC Searching

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:30:00 +0000

NHU-PAC searching is not working at the moment. We're looking into what the problem may be. As soon as it's fixed, we will let you know.



Villa Augustina School holdings

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:46:00 +0000

Although Villa Augustina School in Goffstown closed 3 years ago, there were still 6531 holdings for its library in the NHU-PAC...until yesterday.  Thanks to the folks at Goffstown Public Library for bringing this to our attention.  All Villa Augustina holdings have now been removed from the database.

As previously noted, holdings for UNH Durham were removed from the NHU-PAC over the summer at the library's request.  That created a lot of newly "orphaned" bibliographic records--ones without any holdings.  Work continues to remove these records from the NHU-PAC.  We're more than a third of the way through them now.



Children's and Teen Book Review at NHSL

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:17:00 +0000

This is just a reminder about the Children’s and Teen Book Review, which will be held this week at the State Library from September 11-14 (Monday through Thursday) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day.  Picture books as well as juvenile and teen fiction and nonfiction will be on display. Librarians are welcome to visit anytime during their convenience to look over the books, read reviews, and select a few books for their library collections. The books will be sent via van after the Review ends.



The list of titles at the Review is available on NHU PAC (Librarian’s Tools tab, then Children’s Book Review link). Questions should be directed to Ann Hoey, Youth and Adult Services Coordinator, at 603-271-2865.



NHU-PAC back online

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:12:00 +0000

Friday, Aug. 25, 10:10 a.m.: Needed server maintenance has been completed and the NHU-PAC is back online for your cataloging, ILL, and reference needs.

More good news: we were able to do maintenance previously scheduled for next week.  The previously announced outage on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 31, will not be necessary.  There will, however, be a very brief interruption of the ILL program at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29.  This will last less than a minute.