MeLCat will be down July 24th from 1PM-3PM

EDIT: MeLCat is now back up!

MeLCat, the statewide library system that allows you to request and send items to you from any participating library in the state of Michigan, will be down today starting about 1PM and going for a few hours.

We will update when MeLCat is back online.

Per the Michigan Library notice:

The MeLCat central server (elibrary.mel.org) will be down on Wednesday,
July 24 to perform a software upgrade. The upgrade will begin at 1PM and
we expect it will be down for only a couple of hours. A message will be
sent to the list once it is available. PLEASE distribute this information
within your library to any staff potentially affected by this downtime.

Here’s what’s affected:

MeLCat Implications:

  • You and your patrons will *not* be able to search MeLCat or place new requests on MeLCat.
  • You will be able to process existing requests and check out to patrons using the DCB server or your local Innovative systems.
  • Patrons trying to do renewals may get a “server unavailable” message
  • All DCB data loading activities will continue as usual.
  • While data loading will continue, circulation and catalog updates to the central server from Innovative local servers and the DCB servers will sit in a queue until the central server comes back up.

MeL Database Implications:

  • The ability to search multiple MeL Databases at the same time will be unavailable.
  • The MeL databases on the mel.org site here verify that patrons are in Michigan based on the IP address of their computer. If the IP isn’t recognized as being in Michigan, patrons will be presented with the remote login via drivers license or account at a MeLCat library screen. These patrons will not be able to login.
  • Libraries who use direct URLs to link to the MeL databases without IPs registered DIRECTLY with the database vendors will not have access.
  • Libraries with direct links to the databases should be able to access
  • the databases in the usual fashion (assuming that the vendor has your IP address registered.
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