| What kind of computer hardware do I need to run PC Card
We recommend at least a desktop or laptop with 2 or more Gigs of memory of
RAM running Win 7, 8, or 10. The hard drive required
depends on the size of your collection. Plan on 2.5 Megs per 1,000 items
and approximately 1 Meg per 250 patrons. A CD/DVD drive is preferred for
program installation though we can provide download installs. Just let us know. The printer must be a single-sheet type such as an
ink jet or laser printer.
If you plan to use bar code scanning in PC Card
Catalog or CONCEPT I, you will need a scanner. Most scanners are designed to plug into into a USB
ports. We can provide pre-programmed , optimized a scanner at
|Can you handle eBooks and other downloadable resources?
Yes, both PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT I have a "URL" field that is perfect for direct
links to online texts, PDFs and eBooks download pages. In conjuction with our OurLibraryOnline web catalog, direct links can be made to these resources.
Several of our clients (using PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT I) are actively checking out eBooks through a popular eBooks vendor (OverDrive) with great success. Contact us for more details.
|Can I run PC Card Catalog on a Mac?
Unfortunately, No. PC
Card Catalog runs on recent Microsoft platforms only. That limits us to
Windows Windows 7, 8, and 10. However, our development folks are designing our a cross-platform, tablet-compatible library system. It is nearly ready for release! Contact us for more details.
|Does it still work in Windows XP or vista?
YES, both PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT I work
fine in the older Windows XP, 2000, and vista. These systems, however, have some difficulty the install process. (Current security practices are not compatible with the older Windows versions.) With Microsoft no longer supporting XP and 2000, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep supporting these platforms. We recommend our current clients to replace their XP and 2000 machines before 2018, and that new clients to start in Win 7 - 10.
|How can I move my library system to another
The details on moving your PC Card Catalog and its
data to another computer can be a little involved. we have created a
"Move Your Program" page that will
describe the process and options in detail.
|How do we back up our files PC Card Catalog
Good question! And it is good that you are paying attention
to this critical process. The BACKUP procedure is built into version 3.x.
Select "Utilities>>Backup Data."
The Version 3 data files that we backup are all typically
located in the "C:\Users\Public\Library
Concepts\PCCC3\Data\" directory. (Win XP/2000
installations use "\Program Files\PCCC3\Data\".) You can find a list of the files in
"Help>>Help Contents>>Technical Details>>File
|What is considered a "smaller library" in your product
PC Card Catalog is designed for libraries with less
than 50,000 items. That is not a technical limit but a practical one.
Technically, PC Card Catalog is limited to 100 million items. We
believe that should work for most libraries.
By the way, no artificial limits are imposed on the DEMO
(other than a limit of ten patrons). So add as many items as you like. The
items you add during the demo period are available when you install the
|Does the program come with a manual?
Yes, PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT I both include
a printed manual. Currently CONCEPT I includes the PC Card Catalog
manual AND a CONCEPT I supplement.
And don't forget the extensive HELP feature that is
installed with the software (DEMO & Authorized versions.)
You can access HELP from several paths:
1. "Help>>Help Contents" on the main menu will give you a
complete table of contents that ultimately points to the entire Help text.
Clicking on the underlined green text will "link" you to further
2. Help Buttons throughout the program. Most screens have a Help button
that links the user to details about that screen.
3. Context sensitive help. When entering text in fields, such as the Item
Entry section, press the <F1> key and specific details about the
field containing the cursor will be displayed.
The HELP feature includes an INDEX where specific words
"link" to associated information. If you need printed text, the
HELP print function will print the "page" you are displaying at
At first HELP may not seem as handy as using a manual.
However, with the ability to link from one topic to another, with never
having to find the book, with our ability to easily update HELP when you
download the updates...we think this is ultimately a preferred system of
providing what you need to run your program.
|Can I reach you folks by telephone?
YES! and here are our numbers:
(817) 346-0928 SUPPORT
(800) 519-7537 SALES & PRODUCT INFORMATION
We will be glad to visit with you if you need program
information, pricing or a business proposal. We can discuss how PC Card
Catalog or CONCEPT I will best work in your specific library.
Our office hours are 9:00am to 4:30pm Central time.
Our phones are also available to handle support. Phone
Support, however, is not a free option. If your Support Subscription is
current, you may call us using the Support Number (817.346.0928). Phone
support is only available in the US and Canada. (Renew your Support)
|Does PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT I print bar code labels? If I buy
pre-printed labels, what do I need?
PC Card Catalog CIRCULATION and CONCEPT I can print bar code labels within the program. BASIC does not.
The internally printed labels are 12-digit codes and use the
Code 39 symbology. The software allows you to define a range of bar code
numbers to be printed. The user must be certain that no duplicate numbers
are created. (Duplicates will be dutifully printed, but won't be of
If you would rather not print you own labels or if you want
bar code labels to use PC Card Catalog BASIC (great for Inventory,) then you can use
pre-printed labels. Here are some considerations.
First, in PC Card Catalog and in CONCEPT I the bar code numbers do NOT
need to match any other numbers (like the item's Accession Number). So
whatever bar code is assigned will work fine. Should the bar code label
wear out or be damaged, just assign another label with a different code.
Though some folks can't imagine how, trust us, it really works!
Second, pre-printed labels are usually more precise. They can
be made smaller and thus are easier to scan. Several library supply
companies have reasonably priced, pre-printed bar code labels. You can use
any code scheme you like since the scanners do the decoding. We use Code 39
(also called "Code 3 of 9") symbology in our library, but just
about any will work. The symbology you choose for your labels must match
what your scanner can read. Remember to order labels with at least 7
characters. You may use leading zeros (0) to boost the character count.
CONCEPT I and PC Card Catalog are "picky" about
this. While the system reads up to 16 characters, it only saves the least-significant 12.
Other Bar Code criteria:
Check Digit: No check digit is required. This is a function of your
scanner. If your scanner supports it, it could improve scan
Library, Patron, Title Codes: While it might be helpful for your
library, PC Card Catalog does not use them.
Start/Stop digits: Again, this is a function of your scanner. PC
Card Catalog has no preference.
Library Number: This too may be useful for your library, but is not
a requirement of PC Card Catalog or CONCEPT i .
|Can I use the UPC or ISBN bar codes printed on the book
While it is possible to use the UPC (Universal Product Code)
or ISBN/EAN codes as the bar code in PC Card Catalog, it becomes a
problem if you have more than one copy of a book title. The bar codes for
each item must be unique, but the same codes printed on multiple copies of books are
|What do I need in a bar code scanner?
The bar code scanners used in PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT I
work by emulating a keyboard. The most common type connects to the USB port and can be either wired or wireless. In any case they simulate keyboard entry.
Most scanners will allow the user to select the bar code scheme
you wish to use. Most libraries use Code 39. Others include CodaBar,
Interleave 2 of 5, etc. The scanners can be programmed for your code
scheme(s). Just about any brand and type of scanner should work, so we
recommend you make your selection based on features and price.
We have a wired bar code scanner in our product
line. This scanner is ready-to-run and is optimized for PC Card
Catalog with no additional programming. See our 1300g Scanner information.
|Where can I find the card and label supplies for PC Card
Library Concepts does not sell library supplies, so
you will have to look elsewhere. Fortunately there are several library
supply stores that are anxious to serve you. We don't actually
recommend one above the other. E-mail or call them for a catalog. Here is
These folks have just about anything you might need for your
library. Looking through their catalogs can be inspiring.
|What is "AACR2" and why is it so great?
AACR2 is the acronym for Anglo-American Cataloguing
Rules version 2. This is the standard that most libraries use for
filing cards in the catalog, listing titles, authors and so forth.
While the "Rules" are very thorough, here are some
of the more common standards:
- Leading articles (A, An, The) in the title are
The Last of the
Mohicans is filed as Last of the Mohicans.
- Abbreviations are treated as the complete word:
Dr. Dolittle is filed
as Doctor Dolittle.
- Numbers in titles are alphabetized as though the numbers are spelled
20,000 Leagues Under the
Sea is filed as Twenty-thousand Leagues Under the
- Authors with last names beginning with Mc are
filed as though the names were Mac.
McIntyre is treated
When we actually look for an item in the
catalog, even without knowing the "Rules," the order will be
intuitive. PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT I take great pains to follow the
AACR2 "Rules" in order make the search experience so much
The default filing of most computer programs
is "ASCII," a sorting order that assigns numbers before letters
and does not consider the structure of the text. While handy for computer
gurus, it makes a much less intutitive search for others.
exports from ACCESS and Excel didn't import properly. What do I do
This process is easy with PC Card Catalog v3.5 (and up) and CONCEPT I that use the TAB-delimited text export/import. (To create Exports in Excel, Save As "TAB delimited -
TXT". In Access use the Save As/Export|External File|Save As -
TXT, CSV... set the delimiter to TAB) These files avoid the ambiguities associated with comma-delimited imports.
The challenge is to create a good MAP file. Look in the software's program folder for the file named "PCCCtemplate.MAP." Open this file in NotePad. It is a list of FIELD NAMES each one placed on the correct MAP file line (For details see Help >> Help Contents >> Importing Items >> ASCII.) Replace each FIELD NAME with appropriate column number of the field in your export file. Template FIELD NAMES that do not have matching data in the export file must have the FIELD NAME replaced with a zero (0). With every FIELD NAME replaced by a number or zero, save the file and try your import.
A couple of other notes that may help: Be certain that the
COST field does not contain any currency symbol ($,£, etc.) Also the
DATE fields should be formatted like MM/DD/YY or DD/MM/YY. If the text file
includes a "column name" line as line 1, it should be removed
happens if Library Concepts goes out of business?
Let's just start by noting this is NOT a Frequently Asked
Question... but some folks do want to know. In today's business
climate, it is probably a good question to ask any of your software
We can honestly say that plans to "bail out" of
this business are not even on our horizon. Our business plan for the next
decade is one of growth and expansion as can be deduced from looking at our
business for the last 2-1/2 decades!
But mere optimism for Library Concepts cannot predict its
future. We understand that. So we have carefully created a
"future" (with Library Concepts or not) within our software, both
PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT I.
First, understand that both programs (PC Card Catalog
and CONCEPT I) will keep on working as they have. If it is serving
well now, it will continue to do so.
There may come a time, however, when a client does choose to
change programs. To that end, both PC Card Catalog and CONCEPT
I have a built-in export feature that creates a "TAB-delimited,
ASCII text file" of all the data. This file type is almost universal and can be read by
just about any other automation or database program. Any automation vendor
would be delighted to make the conversion from this file.
But, hey, stick with us for the next 20 years. Library
Automation is an exciting field that will affect "life as we know
it" more than we can imagine now. Library Concepts is excited to be a
part of it.