Thank you for these updates. I often tell people about this service, so
this is helpful information to have.

Karen Richard
Patten Free Library

On Wed, Aug 31, 2022 at 11:22 AM James Jackson Sanborn <
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> Good Morning-
> Early this morning, the MILS system went live on a new catalog system,
> Polaris.
> As part of this move, there is a temporary disruption to both MaineCat
> activity and to Reciprocal
> Borrowing.
> MaineCat and Reciprocal borrowing requests, checkouts, etc. that were
> submitted prior to our migration are being handled as they always have, and
> can be completed with no change in work-flow from non-MILS libraries in
> MaineCat.  Existing loans both to and from MILS libraries will work their
> way through the system to completion without disruption.
> At this current time, no NEW MaineCat or Reciprocal Borrowing requests or
> checkouts can be made by or from MILS libraries.
> Over the next few weeks the MILS libraries will be first decontributed from
> MaineCat, then reloaded completely. Once that work is done and tests have
> been run, requesting to and from MILS libraries through MaineCat and
> Delivery will be restored.
> Unfortunately, Reciprocal Borrowing (Walk-in-borrowing, visiting patron,
> etc.) functionality between MILS and other MaineCat Libraries will not be
> available until early December as this is completely new functionality for
> Polaris/INN-Reach connections (we are working to make it happen sooner and
> may move that date up if testing goes well).
> Apologies for not getting this information out to the broader MaineCat
> community sooner-- there have been a huge number of moving parts in
> migrating 21 libraries to a new system at the same time, and I dropped the
> ball on this notification.
> I will send out updates on MaineCat connectivity milestones as they
> approach and are met.
> Thanks for your understanding and flexibility.
> -James
> _____________________________
> James M Jackson Sanborn (he/him)
> Executive Director, Maine InfoNet
> 5784 York Village, Suite 58
> Orono, Maine 04469-5784
> 207-581-3083
> fax: 207-581-3095
> james.jacksonsanborn@m <[log in to unmask]>ainei
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