Upload a notes file to CataList

If you have notes content that you've pulled out of another system into a spreadsheet, or if you've taken notes directly in an Excel sheet, you can upload your notes file quickly and easily into CataList. Keep your notes private so that they are only accessible to you, or share them with any CataList users in the directory or in your contacts and distribution lists.


To upload a notes file

  1. On My Page, click Load Files, then click Upload Notes File to launch the upload form.

  2. Click Browse for file to select the notes file you'd like to upload. 

  3. (Optional) If you want to share these notes with certain contacts, select Share these notes with recipients. This opens the contact tagging tools.

    1. Add as many contacts or lists as desired to the recipient list.

  4. Click Upload File.

CataList will import your notes, and tag any recipients you've indicated. If you haven’t chosen to share the notes, they will be uploaded as private notes. The system will provide a message confirming the number of notes that have been added to titles.

File details:

  • Your file should have two columns, one containing the ISBN-13 of the title you want to add the note to, and the other with the text that you want to add

  • Each column should be labelled in row 1 with column headers. The ISBN-13 column must have a header that contains the word "ISBN" and the note column header must contain the word "Note"

  • Your file should be in Excel format (.xls or .xlsx)

  • If your file has more than one tab, only tab 1 will be loaded. Tab name must not contain an apostrophe character.

  • If your file has more than one header with the word "ISBN" or "Note" it could cause an error in the upload process.

View or download a sample file.

Multiple Notes

Have more than one note to load for a given title? You can have the same ISBN in multiple rows in your file, or you can upload several different files.

The import process always creates a new, individual note per line and does not overwrite or add to existing note content. 

Errors in importing notes

If there were problems adding any of your notes, you'll be able to download a report with the loading status of each line from your original file. Click the Download arrow to start the file download.

The error report is a text file which reports the status of each line from your original file, in the same order as your original file.

It also contains the date of the notes upload, the original file name and the header names for the imported columns.

ISBNs not in CataList

You can use this error file to identify titles that may still need to be added to CataList. You could also copy and paste the report details into a third column in your original file - make sure that the ISBNs are lined up in the rows and sort by the line status to find and save notes content that you might want to attempt to load later, when ISBNs have been added to the system.