Recent Ideas in the Sandbox

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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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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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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Allow patrons to save Sort setting in their online account

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I feel like this was available at one point, but I don't see it now.  A patron does not like the "Relevance" sort setting, and would like her searches to always sort by pub date newest to oldest when she's logged in.  Is that a setting that can be added, letting patrons choose their default sort setting, along with preferred search location and pickup library?  Thanks.

Brian in Chelmsford

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Automatic notification of orphaned holds

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Patrons should be notified if a hold becomes orphaned, i.e. there are no longer any items on the record which could someday fill the hold. A hold can be orphaned when items on the record are marked as lost, missing, reference, or any other non-holdable status, as well as when items are deleted.

Frequent library users may not want to receive notifications for holds that are ready, but may still want to be notified of orphaned holds, so it should be possible to subscribe to this type of notification but not the other. Read more »

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Ability to sort or limit search results and holdings by distance

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You should be able to to sort your search results by the distance to the nearest available copy.

You should be able to sort the holdings on a record by distance. (You should also be able to hide unavailable copies, but this is a seperate development idea http://masslnc.cwmars.org/node/2844)

Both of these would require that the user input their location. At the least, you should be able to provide a zip code. Optional geolocation might also be considered. Read more »

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Improve main title searches

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Many materials have a subtitle but are known by the main title alone. So, for example, most folks will ask for Scattered when they want Scattered : how attention deficit disorder originates and what you can do about it  and will ask for Exit A when they want Exit A : a novel. If these haven't been cataloged with the main title (by which I mean everything before the colon) added as an alternative title, then they will not show up when searching for a title that "matches exactly", i.e. Read more »

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Editing patron type should not automatically renew the patron's account for two years.

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Not sure what the logic of this feature is. There are many times when I edit patron info without wanting to renew the account.

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Improve Vandelay Performance

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I would like to be able to load a larger number of records through Vandelay and also significantly increase the speed in which things load.   Central site staff are spending a lot of time loading records.

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Hourly due dates should not exceed closed hours of library.

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Hourly due dates ignore the library's closed hours and fall due after the library is closed as well as assess fines during the hours a library is closed.

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Carry through and display search settings on screens in the hold process

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When I'm searching the catalog - say for the summer reading book Wonder - I'll set Type=Title, Format=All Books, Library=Chelmsford Main in the basic search boxes.  Of course they're all checked out, so I'll place the patron on hold for it. Read more »

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Display "Current holds" information on Place Hold screen

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Right now in the catalog, the "Current holds" information (the "3 current holds with 16 total copies" line) I think only appears on the Item Details page.  However, at the Reference Desk when I'm helping a patron find a specific book (like Divergent, The Fault in our Stars, etc), nine times out of then I never go to that page. Read more »

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Add item barcode and other item specific numbers to keyword index

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In order to streamline staff work flows, it would be very helpful to add item barcodes, item call numbers, and other item level identifiers to the keyword index. This would allow library staff to search for a record by these numbers without having to navigate to the number search tab.

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Improve "limit to fiction" and "limit to nonfiction" options to the catalog.

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"Limit to fiction" and "Limit to nonfiction" options would be a welcome addition to the catalog.

I've provided a mockup in which a select menu is present next to the "limit to available" option in the search results. The select options are "Show both fiction and nonfiction", "Limit to fiction", and "Limit to nonfiction". Read more »

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Delivery time estimates based on past delivery times.

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Patrons frequently ask when they can expect their holds to arrive. It would be wonderful if Evergreen could provide some assistance in answering this question.

If Evergreen were to record transit times and do a statistical analysis based on number of available copies, number of holds, destination library, owning library, open and closed dates, and other relevant factors then it could perhaps provide a useful estimate. Read more »

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Provide staff with accurate answer to the questions "Is this holdable?" and "Does this circulate?"

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Currently the only way most staff can know for sure whether an arbitrary item circulates is to try checking it out, and the only way to know for sure whether an item is holdable is to try placing a hold on it. This information should be available on the item status screen and should be an option in column pickers and as an optional column in the OPAC. Read more »

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Generic multi-record holds

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A new type of hold should be added which can be satisified by items attached to a user-selected set of records. Parts may be associated with each record.

It should be possible to create such a hold from both the staff client and the PAC.

It should be possible, from both the staff client and the PAC, to add or remove records to such a hold after the hold has been created. Read more »

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Allow patrons to save a search query, and optionally subscribe to be notified of new titles that match

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Patrons should be able to save a search query, and optionally subscribe to be notified of new titles that match.

 

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Provide better circulation data for both items and volumes

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In order to faciliate weeding we would like to be able to access rich circulation data for an item or volume easily from the item status screen. Read more »

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Allow staff to edit record buckets in the PAC through the My Lists (bookbags) interface (and vice versa)

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All record buckets associated with a staff client login should be found in the My Lists section when that login is used to login to the PAC.

The user should be able to make these buckets public or private from either interface. (This would require the addition of a "make public / make private" toggle to the "bucket actions" dropdown in the staff client.) Read more »

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