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    z303_dispatch_library used as title request pickup-library; omitted from flat-file PLIF

    • Article Type: General
    • Product: Aleph
    • Product Version: 20, 21, 22, 23
    • Relevant for Installation Type: Dedicated-Direct; Direct; Local; Total Care

    It seems that the z303_dispatch_library is taken as the default pickup library for a title level request (-- instead of the z303_home_library). Why is this happening?

    Also, it seems that the XML PLIF has the ability to set the dispatch library, but the PLIF flat file / sequential file does not -- and that the only way to do this is to update the z303_dispatch_library via SQL, after the p_file_20 load.


    As described in the z303.pdf document, the z303_dispatch_library is the "default pickup location for title request". This has been the case since at least version 19.

    From Ex Libris: "No development work will be done on PLIF flat file, only XML file."

    Not all sites use the title-level request function. Sites which do, need to either use SQL as described below, or switch over to using the XML format in order to add the z303_dispatch_library value.

    If the flat/sequential PLIF is being used, the following could be used to copy the z303_home_library to the z303_dispatch_library:

       > s+  $usr_library

       SQL>  update z303 set z303_dispatch_library = z303_home_library;




    • Article last edited: 10/8/2013