Unassigned and no_c_tag messages for periodicals

When we migrated to Catalyst, our order records for some periodicals didn’t come through cleanly.  This has led to some records saying “UNASSIGNED location” or “no_c_tag” in the location tab.  We are currently cleaning these records up, but you may still see them for the next couple of weeks.  They seem to be mostly occurring in journals that have microfilm or government document locations.  If you have any questions about finding those items, talk with a librarian (Carleton/St. Olaf) and we’ll get you to what you need.

UNASSIGNED location example:

[screenshot of Catalyst record of "Outlook and Independent" showing an "UNASSIGNED location"]
[screenshot of Catalyst record of “Outlook and Independent” showing an “UNASSIGNED location”]

no_c_tag example:

[screen shot of Catalyst record for "New York times book review" showing a "no_c_tag" location]
[screen shot of Catalyst record for “New York times book review” showing a “no_c_tag” location]

RESOLVED: Requesting items from St. Olaf to be delivered to Carleton

Update — 7/14/2016: This problem has been resolved.  Please see “How to: Request items from another Bridge library” for details on how to request an item.  If you notice any problems with requesting items, or any other problem, please use our Catalyst Feedback form to report the issue.  We are actively working to address all reported issues.

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“Due Date Change for Item(s)” emails

If you currently have items checked out from any of the Carleton or St. Olaf libraries, you may have received an email from Library.Notices@bridgelibraries.org letting you know that the due date has changed (usually only by a few hours).

[Screen shot of a "Due Date Change" email.]
[Screen shot of a “Due Date Change” email.]
The new Catalyst system does not allow items to be due at times when our libraries are closed, which makes a lot of sense.  So when we moved to Catalyst, it automatically shifted the due dates of any items that are due when the library is closed, and sent emails to everyone about that change.

Thank you again for your patience with these issues that arise from a complicated implementation that involves moving many records from one system to another.  As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions (Carleton/St. Olaf or use the form on the right side of this page).

Catalyst is here! Five things to know about Catalyst

The big day has arrived and we’ve gone live with our new online catalog and discovery tool, Catalyst!  You can access the new system from either library’s website (Carleton Library | St. Olaf Libraries). You may notice a few quirks or hiccups as we work through issues related to the roll-out.  Please let us know if you see something that doesn’t seem right.

Known Issues

We are posting a list of known issues that we have run into post go-live. We’ll include workarounds when possible and updates as needed. Please bear with us as we work through these issues.

We’re excited to have our new system in place. The basic functionality, however has not changed: you can still search for all of our materials and find the best way to access them using Catalyst.

Top 5 things to know about Catalyst:

5. Results of a search are combined into one list.

This may be the first and most obvious change that you’ll notice. Previously, we’d split the results of a search to have “Books and more” results in one list on the left and “Articles and more” on the right. We now give you all the results in one list. You can narrow your results in many different ways using the options on the left side of the results page.

[screen shot of the filters along the left side of the Catalyst results page]
[Screen shot of some of the filters along the left side of the Catalyst results page]

4. “Everything” vs “Local Catalog” vs “Course Reserves”

At the beginning of your search, you can choose to search “Everything”, “Local Catalog” or “Course Reserves”

[Screen shot of the Catalyst search interface showing the options to search “Everything”, “Local Catalog”, or “Course Reserves”]
[Screen shot of the Catalyst search interface showing the options to search “Everything”, “Local Catalog”, or “Course Reserves”]
  • Everything: includes articles, books, movies, images, and more.  This gives you the broadest search with the most results.
  • Local Catalog: records of items in the Carleton and St. Olaf libraries. Close to a traditional library catalog, it includes the items the libraries have selected for the collection: books, e-books, movies, journal titles, and government documents.  It will not find articles or other content from databases that we subscribe to.
  • Course Reserves: exactly what you’d think! Use this to search for course materials that faculty have put on reserve for a specific course.

3. Find books at your library

  1. Start by clicking on “Local Catalog” to search for books, dvds, journal titles, and other items at the library.
  2. Enter your search terms
    [Screen shot of the Catalyst search form with "Local Catalog" selected]
    [Screen shot of the Catalyst search form with “Local Catalog” selected]
  3. From the results screen, click “Library” along the left side of the screen to choose your preferred library.
    [screen shot of Catalyst filter to narrow results to those at a particular library]
    [screen shot of Catalyst filter to narrow results to those at a particular library]

2. The interface will change throughout the summer

There will be a major upgrade happening in August which will change how the interface looks. We’ll also be working throughout the summer on ways to make Catalyst work better for you, so that it’s at its best for Fall term.  If you see anything that looks wrong, please let us know.


1. We are here to help! 

If you have any questions or run in to any problems at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us (Carleton/St. Olaf or use the form on the right side of this page).