NHAIS Services periodically offers training, free of charge, on how to use various aspects of the NHU-PAC. Typically classes are offered in the spring and the fall. Courses may be offered online (using GoToMeeting) or at various locations around the state. Please contact the NHAIS Help Desk at 271-2141 if you have any questions.
How to Register for Classes
Please note that registration for NHAIS classes closes 24-hours before the start of the class
(or on the last workday immediately preceding the class).
- Visit the registration site to see a listing of dates and times that classes are being offered.
- Click the "view" link next to the class you want to take.
- If you want to sign up for just one class click the "sign up" link at the bottom of the class description. Using the "add to cart" link will let you sign up for multiple classes at once.
- Complete the requested information on the sign up form and click the "update" button.
- Answer any additional questions that display and make sure your info is correct then click the "continue" button.
- Review your info once more to make sure it is correct then click the "Yes, sign up" button.
- Information about your class registration will display. You may want to print this page for your records.
- Once your class registration has been confirmed by NHSL staff the system will send you a registration email.
Class registration confirmations are processed WEEKLY (and right before the class registration closes).
Most of the time you will get into the class you register for, if it is full you will be notified.
If you have not gotten an email confirming your registration within 2 weeks
the NHAIS Help Desk to verify that your registration has been received.
- If your class is being held ONLINE then on the business day before the class you will also get an email from NHAIS Services with the link you need to join the class.
If you are attending an online class, it may be helpful to you to view the GoToMeeting Attendee Quickstart Video ahead of time. This video explains the various controls and options available to you as an attendee in a GoToMeeting session.
Introduction to NHAIS
This class introduces the resources available to NHAIS member libraries. At its heart is an exploration of the NHU-PAC, including both basic and advanced searching of the database. Along the way, attendees get glimpses of the many useful resources linked from the NHU-PAC. Prerequisite: your library must be a current NHAIS member.
Review of Boolean Operators
Limiting your Searches
Using 'My List'
Copy Cataloging with NHU-PAC
This course covers adding and deleting your library's holdings from the NHU-PAC, downloading sets of MARC records and submitting requests for records not found in the NHU-PAC. Procedures for requesting copy cataloging services from Network Services will also be discussed. Please note that if you participate in NHAIS ILL someone from your library should attend this course as adding holdings is a requirement for participation in NHAIS ILL. This is a lecture format course with no hands-on practice time. Prerequisite: completion of Introduction to NHAIS.
Cataloging Workflow Diagram
Catalog Card FAQ
MARC Records Request Form (formerly Cataloging Products Profile Form)
Submitting Records to NHU-PAC (revised October 2011)
Original Cataloging Program
Using NHU-PAC for Interlibrary Loan
This course covers locating items you wish to borrow, selecting appropriate lenders, submitting and responding to ILL requests, and managing your ILL transactions within the NHAIS ILL system. This is a lecture format course with no hands-on practice time. Prerequisite: your library must be a current NHAIS member and you should be familiar with the NHAIS ILL Protocol Manual.
The ILL Main Menu
Using the NHU-PAC to Borrow Materials
Selecting a Lending Library
Developing an Interlibrary Loan Policy
Requesting Multiple Copies of an Item
When Either a Borrower or a Lender Be
NH ILL Protocol Manual
Class Followup Materials
Additional Training Opportunities
- Workshops offered by NHSL, Electronic Information Resources
- LYRASIS offers a variety of classes and events, including many online training opportunities.
NOTE: As of July 2013 the NH State Library no longer maintains a LYRASIS membership, so these courses will be at non-member rates unless your library is a LYRASIS member.
- OCLC offers a variety of training including live-online webinars and Web-based tutorials and demonstrations. The tutorials are often free of charge and open to anyone with a web browser. Other courses may require an OCLC membership. If you are part of the NHAIS Direct Cataloging program and want to sign up for training please contact Mary Russell to arrange this. Note that your library will typically be responsible for any costs associated with this training.