[Virtual_reference] FW: [Melcat] MeLCat elibrary server - scheduled DOWNTIME on Sept 14 (affects MeL Databases, too)
Walaskay, Alice A
AAWALASK at oaklandcc.edu
Tue Sep 6 11:30:17 EDT 2011
FYI - Please excuse duplication! -- Ann
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Subject: Fw: [Melcat] MeLCat elibrary server - scheduled DOWNTIME on
Sept 14 (affects MeL Databases, too)
WIDE DISTRIBUTION. PLEASE SHARE.
Please scroll down to read implications for MeL Database access. If you
use direct IP access, you will be OK. If you authenticate through the
driver's license or MeLCat card page, that part will not work for remote
Part time Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 8:30a - 2p, with slight
No Bad Days!
Suzanne Robinson, AMLS
MeL Databases Training Coordinator
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (mcls.org)
1407 Rensen St., Suite 1
Lansing, MI 48910 800-530-9019 ext 134
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From: Jacqueline Licalzi <LicalziJ at mcls.org> <mailto:LicalziJ at mcls.org>
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Date: 08/31/2011 03:03PM
Subject: [Melcat] MeLCat elibrary server - scheduled DOWNTIME on Sept 14
(affects MeL Databases, too)
We need to perform a software upgrade on the existing MeLCat central
server (elibrary.mel.org.) The MeLCat central server (elibrary.mel.org)
will be down beginning at 11:30AM on Wednesday, Sept. 14. We expect it
will be down the remainder of the day. PLEASE distribute this
within your library to any staff potentially affected by this downtime.
We apologize for this inconvenience at the start of a semester. We
don't like taking the servers down during the day (let alone at the
beginning of September!), but we need to do these upgrades at times when
we have access to staff from several different organizations (MCLS,
and Innovative Interfaces).
Here's what's affected:
** MeLCat Implications:
You will be able to process requests and check out to patrons using the
DCB server or your local Innovative system. (Unautomated libraries:
WebWorks Quick Edit is unaffected by this upgrade and should be
However, updates to the central server from Innovative local servers and
the DCB servers will sit in a queue until the central server comes back
You and your patrons will not be able to search MeLCat or place new
requests on MeLCat.
Patrons trying to do renewals may get a "server unavailable" message.
All DCB data loading activities will continue as usual.
** MyMeL Implications:
MyMeL will not be operational.
Innovative local sites: All MyMeL does at the moment is point to your
local /patroninfo page so your patrons will still be able to see their
dates by going directly to their local patron records.
DCB local sites: An alternative to the MyMeL link for DCB users to
their patron records and review their MeLCat requests is available at:
If you're not sure which DCB server you use, that information is
on the MeLCat Resource Sharing Contact List. (MELD = DCB, so MELD1 =
** MeL Database Implications:
1) The ability to search multiple MeL Databases at the same time will be
2) Patrons trying to do a remote login (via drivers license or an
at a MeLCat library) will not be able to do so.
3) Libraries without IPs registered DIRECTLY with the database vendors
will not have access. Libraries with direct links to the databases
should be able to access the databases in the usual fashion (assuming
the vendor has your IP address registered).
Again, please distribute this information within your library to any
staff potentially affected by this downtime.
Questions? Please contact melcathelp at mcls.org.
MeLCat System Administrator
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services
1407 Rensen, Ste 1 Lansing MI 48910-3657
800-530-9019 Ext. 146 Fax: 517-492-3808
licalzij at mcls.org www.mcls.org
Look for answers in the MeLCat wiki! (
MeLCat Questions? Email melcathelp at mcls.org
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MeLCat at lists.mlcnet.org
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