Recent Ideas in the Sandbox

Option to email circulation receipts beyond checkout receipts

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Whenever a staff user has the option to print a receipt, an email to patron option should appear also. This would allow staff to choose print vs. email based on the patron's preference at the time a checkout or any other type of circulation receipt is generated.

Update 11/22/2016: E-mail checkout receipts are available in 2.11, but additional work is required if we want to e-mail other circulation receipts.

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Make Browse feature searchable by material type

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In the browse search as just introduced in CW/MARS, there is no way to tell if items searched by Title or Author are physical items or electronic materials.  A way to limit the search in this function would be helpful.

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Under review

Add "New Search" button to all screens during search (supplement or remove "Continue" option)

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Have "New Search" button available on every screen during a catalog search should user want to start over.  The "continue" option that appears after a hold is placed does not facilitate a new search (just brings user back to previous item).

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Under review

Have LC call numbers in item records appear as they would on a spine label

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To help patrons find items in LCC libraries, the call numbers should be displayed in the OPAC with Cutters "stacked" as they would appear on an item's spine label.

It's confusing for patrons to see the call number presented in a linear way that doesn't look like what they see on the shelf.

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Under review

Incorporate frequency of unstemmed search terms into relevance ranking

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Search results that contain exact matches for the search terms should be ranked higher than those that contain aproximate matches. This would mean that while "Financial fitness for life" and "Loan financing guide for small business owners" should both be considered matches for "financing", the latter should be considered the better match because the word "financing" appears as entered.

(By the way, none of the quotation marks above are part of a search query—they are only there to distinguish the boundaries of the search terms and titles discussed.)

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Under review

Spine Label Information

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 On the Spine Lables page (easily accessed by right clicking on an item [in Item Status or Holidings Maintenance] and choosing "Print Spine Labels"), there are many choices for customizing the information included on the Pocket Label, but no control for customizing the information on the Spine Label.  

It would be helpful to have check-boxes in the Spine Label section to include/disclude (at least) the following information:

CN Prefix
CN Suffix
Part

Custom: [ __________________ ] Read more »

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Spine Label
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Under review

Decision Support System

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I would envision this to be web pages using the staff login for authentication that would display a configurable set of reports on a single or multiple page which would be configuration and provide totals.  For instance,  staff would login to their account and see a page that displays their hourly circulation figures, holds filled, open holds and provides totals for each table on a single page.  Another page could be set up to time to fill holds and holds ratios. Read more »

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Under review

Allow Accelerated Reader searching by range

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It would be nice to be able to do a search by Accelerated Reader ranges (Accelerated Reader shows up in MARC 526a, the range in 526c). An example search would be for Accelerated Reader 2.4 through 3.2 for dinosaurs. The library that brought this up to me said this was a feature of the Follett system used in the Newton School Catalog. From the screenshot I saw, the feature is in Follett Destiny.

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Under review

display money owed by breaking down fines vs. repalcement cost

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I'd like the top of the screen where "bills" are displayed on patron record to say FINES: 5.00, BILLED ITEMS:  30.00, MANUALLY PLACED FINES: 3.00 so it is clearer for staff to see what's going on right away.  Read more »

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Under review

Permission checkpoint is needed for editing due dates of non-owned items

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For consortia with circulation policies based on the library that owns the item, there needs to be a way to set permissions such that users cannot edit due dates on items owned by other libraries in the consortium.

The Launchpad bug is here:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/evergreen/+bug/1378025

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Under review

Allow a "quick-request" option for power-users

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I know this is definitely a nice-to-have wishlist type item, but a patron asked for it and it seemed useful.  The patron wanted to be able to select which parts (in his case, of DVD television series) to request right from the search results screen, instead of having to click through multiple pages. Read more »

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Under review

Add permalink widget to all OPAC search results pages

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Each OPAC record and search result page should have, at the least, a clearly labeled link to the permalink for that page. Even better would be a permalink widget which makes it easy to see and copy the permalink, and provides an explanation of it's purpose for those not familiar with the terminology. (WorldCat and Novelist both have widgets of this type.) Read more »

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Under review

Allow shorter urls for advanced search results

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If the URL is missing the _adv=1 parameter the search box may be populated incorrectly.
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Under review

Browse hold shelf improvement

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I suggest that when we choose Browse Hold Shelf we be given the option of choosing, before it starts listing everything on the hold shelf,  whether we want that or only the items due to be cleared.

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Improve the way browse search matches up headings

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When you do a browse search, the system displays a list of headings with the number of records for each.  The rules that it uses to match up headings for this display are quite strict, and include differences in case, spacing and punctuation.  If the system ignored these small differences when matching, it would result in a more concise and more useful display.

The only difference in these two titles is the space before the colon Read more »

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Under review

Improve display for browse search results with no matches

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If the user enters a browse search that doesn't match any headings in the index, the system now shows the alphabetical neighborhood of the words that were entered, with the closest match highlighted. 

It may not be clear to the user why we think that entry is a match, and we want the system to display a message like "Your title would be here" in the list.

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Under review

Add "Items per Page" section to search results

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I think this has been brought up before, but I couldn't find the previous idea.

I know patrons can set in their account how many items they'd like to appear on their search results page, but a patron asked that we also add this functionality to the non-logged-in search results page. Read more »

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Under review

Search for Serials by Database ID

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Once the serial record is created we access it by looking up the database Id number attached to the title.  Searching for a database id currently involves going to Read more »

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Database ID
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Under review

Fix problems with display of EDI and Funding Sources interfaces

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Users often have to scroll through blank pages or pages displaying just one or two lines before they can find the EDI account or Funding source they need. Read more »

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Under review
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