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  • For the items you already have cataloged in Concourse, make sure you still have those items, still want those items, etc. Weed your collection and database before submitting to Book Systems. Look at copyright dates and usage. It is easier to clean up the database before the conversion.
    For the books that are not cataloged, again make sure you still want them. Atriuum’s cataloging process is much easier than in Concourse, if you did not have eZcat. If you would like to email me, I have a couple of handouts that might help you clean-up the database. amaynard@booksys.com
  • What do we need to do with our database before we convert to Atrium?
    Help !! ASAP !!
    • Depends on what system you are currently using. My original conversion, 20 years ago, was from the old fashioned card catalog and accession list. I had some folks who needed community service hours so they entered the basics. These days you can just enter the ISBN and it populates the rest. How many titles do you have?
    • We have the original Concourse, no telling how old it is. It has been so long I don't remember how we put our books into the computer.
      Please explain populates in plain English. We have around 25,000 books, books on cd, and dvd's. What do we need to do to make the conversion easy?
  • Be sure to notice the dates on the comments about events. All of the Fall events are delayed till 2021.
  • I am looking for printed instructions for Concourse to be kept in a folder by the computer. Does anyone have copies they could email me? Thank you in advance!
    • https://www.booksys.com/sites/default/files/documents/Concourse_Use...
      https://www.booksys.com/sites/default/files/documents/Concourse_UserGuide.pdf
    • I will be glad to send you the handouts I have. I got Morlee’s message, but I have been quite busy. I will send them to you this weekend. I need to know what email to send them to.
    • sherallsmap@gmail.com I'm sorry I've been such a pest about this! Trying to get things organized to do inventory .... so much to do, so little time! Thank you!
  • I am looking forward to presenting at the Central Alabama Library Conference. I love sharing my knowledge about Concourse and Atriuum with current users as well as potential users. Marty has a great conference planned. I hope many of you will be able to attend.

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Concourse Pocket and Card Labels

Just got a question from Donna Starnes: I am trying to use Concourse to add books to our library.  When printing labels to go on the pocket and card of the book, is there a way to print the Item Number without all the leading zeroes? I would appreciate any help. Thanks! Donna  

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Concourse Web OPAC

Our church currently uses Concourse PC based. We want to add Web OPAC so our patrons can search the catalog online. Also so we can start adding ebooks I have quotes for adding Web OPAC to Concourse and for changing to Atriuum. Our library budget is pretty low and moving to Atriuum seems outside our budget. Can someone share how they use Concourse Web OPAC and manage ebooks? Thanks 

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Printing Barcodes

I am new to Concourse.  I have downloaded the latest version of Concourse and eZcat to our new computer.  I am considering purchasing a BC Master licence and barcodes to print our own.  What are the pros and cons?  We are scrapping the old database as it is hopelessly out of date and we will start barcoding the items that remain on the shelf after a heavy weeding process.    

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Problem using Concourse reports

I'm having trouble using the reports feature of Concourse, version 8.5.013.  Items added recently (after about August) do not appear in the generated report.We recently updated to the current version, just before our maintenance contract expired. We let it expire because of a deep cut in our budget, and the fact that we have never had trouble before. I tried reindexing the catalog, but no joy.Has anyone had this problem? I suspect the update might have some thing to do with my problem.

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