February 5, 2016

SW A van route truncated Fri 2/5

The van for the Southwest A route made it through most deliveries today, but could not go to the last four libraries. The libraries listed below will receive their delivery on their next scheduled day next week (weather permitting!).

Mont Vernon
New Boston

Donna Gilbreth
Supervisor, Reference and Information Services Section
New Hampshire State Library
20 Park Street
Concord, NH 03301

No SW B van Fri 2/5

Just one van route is cancelled today: Southwest B route (libraries listed below). The other vans are on the road-they may run behind and may have to cancel, but we’ll keep you posted.

Southwestern Area (SW)
Route B

New Ipswich

Donna Gilbreth
Supervisor, Reference and Information Services Section
New Hampshire State Library
20 Park Street
Concord, NH 03301

January 26, 2016

Van Delivery News - February 2016

The New Hampshire State Library will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of President's Day.

There will be NO VAN DELIVERY on that date. 

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 Donna Gilbreth at 271-2060 or Diana DeCota at 271-2206.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

January 25, 2016

Brief NHU-PAC outage Tue 1/26 7:35am

The NHU-PAC will be offline for about 10 minutes starting at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.  This is part of our last-Tuesday-of-the-month server maintenance routine.  Also expect a very brief (less than a minute) interruption of NHU-PAC's ILL program around 9 a.m.

January 21, 2016

NHU-PAC ILL class online Feb. 5

Did your list of New Year's resolutions include attending a class about using the NHU-PAC for interlibrary loan?  You're in luck!

NHU-PAC interlibrary loan training will be offered online on the morning of Friday, February 5.  See the "How to Register for Classes" section on the NHAIS Services training page for details and to sign up for classes.

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 (especially the Attending a Meeting, Webinar or Class part) 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.

January 14, 2016

No NC van Thu 1/14

The North Country van route is cancelled again today due to illness. Below are the libraries not receiving deliveries today:

White Mountains Regional High School
White Mountains Community College, Berlin

Donna Gilbreth
Supervisor, Reference and Information Services Section
New Hampshire State Library
20 Park Street
Concord, NH 03301

January 13, 2016

No NC North Country Van Route Today, 1/13/16

The North Country  (NC) Van Delivery Route will not be run today (Wednesday, January 13, 2016).  The following libraries are affected:

North Haverhill
Lisbon Regional High School
Sugar Hill

January 12, 2016

Brief NHU-PAC searching outage Wed 1/13 7:35am

There will be a brief interruption of NHU-PAC keyword searching starting at 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13.  This is to allow installation of updated indexes.  Keyword searching should be restored by 7:40 a.m.

January 7, 2016

Deletions Processing Update

All of the requests sent to NHAIS in 2015 to have items deleted from NHU-PAC have been processed (between September and December we got 64,135 bib numbers for deletion).

If you sent a deletions file for the first time between September and December your file was processed and you can send another one.

Beginning today we will only accept files for deletion that have AT LEAST 100 bib numbers in them. You can certainly send more than 100 numbers per file, but don't send fewer. There are 2 exceptions to this:

  1. If your library has never sent deletions files before, your first file should be 20 items and the email message the file is attached to should indicate that it is a first-time file
  2. If your library weeds fewer than 100 items per year you can send us a file once a year with your total deletions for the year, no matter how few that was. 
When you send a file of records for deletion you should get an email from NHAIS Services within 1-2 business days confirming receipt of the file (or returning it unprocessed if there is an issue with it). If you get this email you can assume that the file will be processed (probably in semi-annual batches) and your holdings deleted. We will endeavor to process first-time files monthly.