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MeLCat COVID-19 Information

Resuming RIDES and MeLCat service


IP Change

MeLCat has migrated to new servers. Update connections and firewalls as required for your MeLCat library type.

Access for libraries using the DCB Client:
https://members.mcls.org/melcat_wiki/index.php/MeL_Server_Migration_2020#Access_for_the_MeLCat_DCB_Client

Access for Local Sierra libraries:
https://members.mcls.org/melcat_wiki/index.php/MeL_Server_Migration_2020#Access_for_Local_Sierra_Libraries

Access for Polaris libraries using the D2IR API:
https://members.mcls.org/melcat_wiki/index.php/MeL_Server_Migration_2020#Access_for_Polaris_D2IR_API_Libraries


Contact changes

Verify and update your MeLCat and RIDES contact information if necessary.
MeLCat Contacts list
RIDES Contacts list
We recommend that libraries have one contact using a generic email that is accessible by multiple staff. Email melcathelp@mcls.org to report any changes.


Ready for RIDES

The Ready for RIDES survey has closed. Please submit a RIDES Assistance Form if you have any questions or concerns about delivery.


RIDES no contact delivery spot

For the protection of both library staff and courier staff there will be no direct contact with RIDES delivery drivers.

Libraries that receive service from a local delivery system should verify those procedures.


Quarantine/cleaning information

Materials

Totes

Unload incoming RIDES green totes as soon as possible.

Spray/wipe with either:

Return the totes as soon as possible.


RIDES courier precautions


Ready for MeLCat

The Ready for MeLCat survey has closed. Please contact us at melcathelp@mcls.org if you have any questions.


NCIP and Polaris D2API users

NCIP and Polaris users can request a report from MeLCat help (melcathelp@mcls.org) of borrowed items checked-in to allow clearing of any potential overdue fines assessed on their local system.


Visiting patron option

Libraries that use the MeLCat visiting patron option should decide prior to opening if they want to continue offering the service.
Contact melcathelp@mcls.org if changes are needed.


Reports and Overdue Notices

For our recommended workflow and best practices changes, and temporary notices and reports deadlines, see the MeLCat wiki:

2020 COVID-19 Workflows & Information (requires User name and Password)

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Patrons no longer near their home library

Libraries should contact their patron with these options for returning materials:

Your library may also receive boxes of materials from other libraries' patron. If that occurs:


General links