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Command Line Shortcuts
In Alexandria, you probably spend most of your time in the Command Line. Checking items out, renewing, placing holds, etc.—this can all be done through the Command Line… and done faster with keyboard shortcuts.
First off, your cursor will default to the Command Line in most cases. If you find yourself typing and nothing is happening, you’ve somehow lost focus, and will need to click back to the Command Line or use the tab key on your keyboard to find it again.
Second, it always pays to keep an eye on the Transaction Log, and to the Mode dropdown. Those will let you know that you are indeed in the mode you think you are.
In any case, no matter what mode you find yourself in, you can easily get back to Checkout mode by typing period (.) enter.
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| Command Line Shortcuts—Advanced
Did you know some Command Line shortcuts can be paired with barcodes? This is especially useful if you don’t want to leave your current mode to perform an unrelated action.
| Command Line Shortcuts
In Alexandria, you probably spend most of your time in the Command Line. Checking items out, renewing, placing holds, etc—this can all be done through the Command Line… and done faster with keyboard shortcuts.
| New Researcher icons!
Introducing these Researcher icons for an older audience.
| Last Inventory Date
You have a book missing from your library. How can you find it? The first step is to see when it was last inventoried.
| Keep your data safe—Password Required!
How strong is the password you use to log in to Alexandria? You aren’t going to have any mischievous 7th-grader guessing it and wreaking havoc on your collection, are you? Let’s take a look at some good password tips.
| Your Receipts Are Numbered!
A patron comes in with two payment receipts of 25¢ for the same overdue item... is this the same receipt twice, or did something go wrong? The best way to figure that out?—Receipt numbers.
| Make it Easier to Find—Add Bibliographic Terms
Have you ever had the student who searches for “cup cake” instead of “cupcake”, or vice versa? ...there is a way you can deal with the variable-search-term problem.
If you don't want a hold to come in until later, there’s a simple solution: Suspend the hold for a few months.
| Inbound—Pickup Location
Starting in 7.16.2, you and your patrons can specify a Pickup Location when placing a hold.
| In-Stock vs On-Shelf—New holds procedures
Both In-Stock status and you, the librarian, are in for a treat—in 7.16.2 we’ve introduced On-Shelf holds, to share some of the burden.
| “How do I see my...”—Patron Status
Everything went well the last time you processed an overdue fine. But I can see there are a few more ‘What if’ questions you are dying to ask.
| Extra $$? Add Credits
What if Mark brought a $1 bill to pay the 50¢ fine and you don’t have change?
| Ka-Ching—Financial Processing
Last week we looked at the different kinds of charges in Alexandria. Now I’ll take you step-by-step through what happens when a patron is charged a fine….
| Fee, Fine, Foe, Um?—All About Charges
What are the differences between a charge, fee, and a fine—and how do you use them?
| ‘Shelving’ eBooks
Are your students more likely to browse your shelves than your catalog? If so, how can you get them interested in all those eBooks in your collection that don’t have a space on the shelves? Make them a space!
| New Books Lists and the Bulletin Board
Have you thought about using a Bulletin Board to publish a list of the new books you have received?
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