|How do I use offline circulation?|
Offline circulation is used when the connection to the Aleph server is unavailable. Occasions for using offline circulation include periods when libraries experience network problems, during FLVC-scheduled maintenance periods, and in the event that Aleph experiences unexpected downtime.
The server connection indicator in the lower left portion of the screen is generally represented as a green diamond , indicating that the client is connected to the Aleph server. If the connection to the server becomes unavailable, the indicator changes to a blue and yellow disconnect symbol .
Offline circulation will:
· Loan and return items.
· Charge an overdue fine and lost fees.
· Shorten the loan period according to the expiry date and library policy.
· Generate an Offline Circulation Check Report that will include any errors that may have caused a loan or return to fail (such as an incorrect barcode).
Offline circulation will not:
· Check for hold requests when loaning an item.
· Check for patron blocks or delinquencies when loaning an item.
· Change an item’s status to In Transit when it is returned to a sublibrary other than its owning sublibrary.
When the connection is restored, the offline transaction file should be sent to the server, where the transactions will be entered automatically. The offline transaction file is saved to an individual workstation; therefore, each workstation’s file should be sent to the server.
To access offline circulation
To loan items using offline circulation
To return items using offline circulation
To send an offline circulation file to the server
A backup copy of the offline circulation transaction file can be created on a daily basis or before the file is sent to the server. The offline circulation file can also be viewed and printed.
To create a copy of the offline circulation transaction file
To view or print the offline circulation transaction file
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