Recent Ideas in the Sandbox

The "Open Circulation on Requested Item" dialogue box is very vague.

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The "Open Circulation on Requested Item" dialogue box is very vague.  For example, if an item is already checked out to someone or even  the same patron and it gets checked out or scanned twice, the open circulation box appears with the options to do either a normal checkin then checkout or a forgiving checkin then checkout.  It does not tell us why there was an open circulation on the item like it is already checked out to this patron or it was in repairs and someone found it or took it off another patron's pile, etc. Read more »

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Show initial checkout date for checked out items not renewal dates

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Our libraries found that when we or a patron renews an item, the renewal date overrides the original check-out date. They would rather have the original check-out date than a renewal date. 

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Allow Hold Suspension after Hold is Trapped

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Currently staff and patrons can suspend and reactivate holds, which is convenient. However, once a hold has been trapped and fulfilled with a specific item, suspension is no longer allowed. Many patrons don't realize they might want to suspend something until after it's too late, and they already been contacted. Then they realize, "Oh drat, I don't have time to read/watch that. Read more »

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Resend Bills

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A C/W MARS member library thinks it would be useful to have more patron billing options: A module to resend all bills not yet paid right click on a billed item in a patrons items out screen and have a "resend bill option" 

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Provide for the ability to delete barcodes in patron records

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Improving display of holds for other members of patron group

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When we bring up all patrons in one linked group, it would be really handy to have a column called HOLDS READY or something with a number telling us how many holds are ready, or 1-3...so we could quickly see if any family members have holds to pick up. that is the way the children's dept. here uses linked patrons, to get all the holds for all the kids in the family at the same time. We tried the column   alert message   but it shows nothing. Would be so much easier and faster than having to go into each record... 

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Fines need better names

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Fine names are not descriptive. The fine type  grocery   should be  manual fine   and it should be easier to tell the difference between overdues, bills, and other types of autogenerated fines from the current bills list.

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Consistency of terms in the client

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 We would like to see the same terms used on the patron registration-information data sheet. The left area uses the terms   mailing address and   physical address   (in purple). When editing patron records where there is a PO box and a street address, the terms   mailing   and   billing   are used.

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Autofill permission group and home library based on zip code and other information

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When registering a patron or updating an expired card, there are two areas where staff commonly make mistakes: Main Permission Group and Home Library field. In the address field, typing in the Zip Code automatically fills in the town, county, state and country.
 
Couldn't we have something similiar for the Main Permission Group? When type in the patron's Date of Birth the Main Permission Group is automatically filled in? For Home Library, couldn't that also be based on the Zip Code?

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Allow for a separate auto-print setting for transit and hold slips

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Add prefixes to the transit list

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It would be very helful for the TRANSIT LIST to include call number prefixes. I print this list out and take it to the shelves to look for these items. With only a call number showing (Smith) I do not know if it is FICTION, MYST., SCI FIC, PICTURE BOOK, BOOK ON CD, POETRY, DRAMA...etc. I have to look up each item before going to the shelves! Thanks for upgrading this and including more of the real call number (like it appears in the catalog) The good thing is that it tells me which library the item is in transit from, in English, with no code!

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Print MARC records with copy information

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Print all fields from the copy record itself or the item status screen

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Add Active Date to the Column Picker

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The column picker is Item Status, Copy Buckets, etc., currently includes Date Created, but not Date Active.  For libraries using Acquisitions, it's the active date that determines when the item was added to the collection, and it would be helpful to be able to see it and sort by it in these tables.

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Ability to search prefixes and parts

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This is important in the staff client as well as the public opac.

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Ability to move all holdings from one record to another in a single step.

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Ability to create Copy Buckets by searching fields other than Barcode

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Currently, we can only search for copies to add to a bucket by Barcode.   Reports are more for statistical purposes, we need Buckets to be more interactive and flexible to make it easier for us to do small database maintenance projects when we do not have the item barcode (if we had the barcode, we could use Item Status!)

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Display fund name when showing the fund details

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(i.e. Fund Details (BW Adult Fiction)) the fund is only identified on the Summary tab so if you are interrupted when in Allocations, Debits, or Tags you cannot tell what fund you are in when you return to it without going back to Summary

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Sticky displays for providers, funds, and fund sources

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While in a Provider, have the tabs "sticky" so the last tab opened remains as the default displayed on opening that Provider until changed;  give columns within the tabs the same flexibility as above (picker, rearrange, adjustable, sorting)
 
While in Fund Details, have the tabs "sticky" so the last tab opened remains as the default displayed on opening that Provider until changed;  give columns within the  tabs the same flexibility as above (picker, rearrange, adjustable, sorting)
 
Allow locally-selected default for Contex

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Next and previous buttons for provider navigation

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From within a Provider, allow quick maneuvering to Next Provider or Previous Provider without returning to the list (next/previous from the current list in use entire or filtered)

 

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Next and previous buttons in fund navigation

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From within a Fund, allow quick maneuvering to Next Fund or Previous Fund without returning to the list (next/previous from the current list in use entire or filtered)

 

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