MILS

We are transitioning to a new catalog and circulation system. Here is some IMPORTANT information you need to know to use MILS (Maine InfoNet Library System).

On January 14, Liberty Library will become the newest member of Maine InfoNet’s system for small Maine libraries, changing the library’s circulation software and catalog. When you ‘Search the Catalog’, you will immediately see the difference.

You will be able to access your personal library account. Just type in your name and your new 14-digit barcode number. To get that barcode number, use 2494900000XXXX but replace the Xs with your old 4-digit account number to the sequence. Clear as mud? Send me an e-mail or give a call for help.

If you had multiple names on your account, only the first name was transferred to the new system. Others can either request another membership or we can add a message to the record to allow others to borrow with that number. However, the account will only be searchable by the owner’s name.
Once you log in to your account, you can view your ‘Reading History’. (These will be books borrowed from MILS libraries only, not MaineCat.) If you wish to turn this off, you can ‘opt out’.

If items are checked out on your account, you will be able to see the list of items and their due dates. You can RENEW items from here.

You can also search and place a hold or interlibrary request directly from the catalog. Want to know more about how to do this? There is a HELP cheatsheet on the website. There will also be a Help Session on January 21, after the NDEC computer  skills session (see below).

Another advantage will be that books and audiobooks from Liberty Library can be borrowed for 3 weeks. (DVDs are for 2 weeks.) The limit per account is still 10 items with a limit of 5 DVDs at a time.

Currently for Download Library, either your 4-digit or your 14-digit number should work. I will let you know when the switch to your 14-digit number will take place.

Please be patient with me, the volunteers, and the system as we make this migration. We hope to make a smooth transition. Volunteers have devoted many additional hours to training, which is so appreciated. Please thank them.

Dates to Remember:

  • Jan. 13 – Neither system available. Checkout at library will be done by handwritten list.
  • Jan. 14 – Go live! Liberty patron checkout and requesting through MILS.
  • Jan 21 – MaineCat requesting begins.
What should you do? Make sure your email and phone number are current as this is how you will be notified of items on Hold and for due items. Email will be the default so insure that you are able to get mail from these three emails:
  • mils.noreply@maineinfonet.org     
  • illmanager@liberty.lib.me.us
  • brehmeyer@liberty.lib.me.us  

You may want to whitelist these addresses in your email program. This is especially important for those who use Gmail as the messages often get labeled as Spam. Even if you receive the newsletters, it does not mean that your email is accurate in the library system. They are two different databases. Want me to send you a test email? Just ask. I would be happy to do so.

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