Recent Ideas in the Sandbox

Full sorting of the entire list of purchase orders

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Currently, the list of POs or Invoices shows 15 at a time. However, if a library has more than 15 POs or Invoices and uses the sort function, Evergreen only sorts the first page not the entire list.

 

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Provide a method to cancel and fully delete a purchase order

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The caveats to this are that is should  provide warnings and other restrictions on deleting orders sent and already invoiced.  There is the cancelled "deleted" option but it is still in the system and coming up in PO lists.

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Automatic extension of hold expiration date when uncancelling a hold

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When a hold is uncancelled the hold expiration date should be extended . The new expiration date should be the current date plus the default hold expiration period, i.e. an uncancelled hold should expire no sooner than a newly placed hold would if it were placed on the same day as the orininal hold was uncancelled.

This would be particularly helpful when uncancelling holds that have expired. The current behavior, in which they imeadiatly recancel, is remarkably unhelpful.

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Results sort by title should include subtitles, part names, part numbers, etc.

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Can title sort on the results screen include field 245, subfields n & p as part of the index?  (245b subtitle as well.)

For example: I limited my search to Chelmsford Public Library, and searched keyword encyclopedia britannica.  Then I sorted by title, A-Z.

All the New Encyclopedia Britannica titles are collated, but they aren't in alpha/numeric order by volume (in this case, all volume info was put into subfield n (part number; subfield p is part name).

They display in this order:

v. 32, Index, L-Z
v. 31, Index, A-K
v. 20
v. 24 Read more »

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In MARC edit, tab should skip field numbers, indicators and subfields.

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When adding or editing a MARC record, tabbing through the bib is very tedious.  Yes, you can use your mouse to click to the right spot, but tabbing would be much faster than using the mouse, if tabbing skipped the stuff that you don't usually edit.

Going from the keyboard to the mouse and back again is slow, tabbing & arrowing is faster for entering data.

 

Vickie Turcotte

Chelmsford PL

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Public bookbag usage stats

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I'm not sure if this is already possible or not, so I guess this is part question and part development idea. 

Our staff creates a lot of public bookbags as readers advisory tools - Teen vampire books, John Grisham read-a-likes, etc. - and then integrates them into our website.  This takes a lot of work, so we'd like to be able to evaluate whether or not patron use justifies the staff investment.  Usage stats could also potentially indicate which lists are most popular, which could then guide the creation of additional lists. Read more »

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Easy way to search for videos with captions, subtitles, or other content for the deaf and hard of hearing

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It is currently possible to find some of these materials by doing a keyword search, but only if the user can anticipate every way in which this might have been described on the record. It would be great if there were a check box or drop down that would make it easier to find these materials, without the user having to understand how they were cataloged.

(This page from Evergreen Indiana shows some of the many ways this information might appear on a record.)

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Better Management Options for Copy Location Groups

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We use copy location groups at both the consortium and system level  -- for example, there is a copy location group for all the children's collections in NOBLE, and a copy location group for all the children's room copy locations at the Salem Public Library.

 

1. More granular permissions for copy location groups Read more »

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Display options for copy notes

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The system currently displays public copy notes on a new line below the other item information.  This makes the list of items longer, which can be a real issue for bibs with lots of items and lots of copy notes, pushing other items out of view. 

For items with public notes, we would like different options depending on scope of the search:

Within a scoped search, the full public note of items should display on a separate line, similar to the way they do now.  (We do not currently have public notes displaying in NOBLE.) Read more »

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Missing Status does not automatically trigger outstanding holds

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If an item has the status "missing", but it's later found and checked in (either because it was actively searched for, or randomly crossed a circ desk), it will not trigger any outstanding holds, even if it's the only available copy in the system. You can turn on the checkin modifiers to "Retarget All Statuses" and "Retarget Local Holds" but that only works on local holds, not holds from other locations, and of course a missing item might cross the circ desk without anyone knowing it was previously marked missing, so you might not have those modifiers turned on in the first place.

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More Consistent Hotkeys for Dropdowns in the Staff Client

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In the catalog, where we have the dropdowns for format, search context, library scope, etc., you can use keyboard hotkeys instead of the mouse to go directly to a particular choice (very handy if you're at the end of the alphabet like we are in Wakefield, for example). This works fine in most browsers, but in the staff client it doesn't work anywhere where there's the list of libraries, which I understand is because of the fact that they're nested and indented. Read more »

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Item Status Export/Import

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If you export to a .CSV file in Item Status, this file then needs to be manipulated (in Excel or some other program) to be re-loaded back into Item Status. Wouldn't it be great if it produced a file that could be seamlessly re-processed?

This feels like "bite-sized" development to me.  Simple and useful.

-Alex

Alex Reczkowski
Berkshire Athenaeum
C/W MARS

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Pickup permissions field on patron account

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We would love to see a field on the patron registration/edit page for adding names of people who have permission to pick up holds for the current patron.  We have been using the "Alert Message" field to indicate when parents, family members, or specific persons have pickup privileges for a patron, but something built in would allow us to free up the Alert field for actual alerts.

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Strict barcode for periodical issues

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It's too easy to enter incorrect barcodes in Serials mode. We need something like the "use check digit" functionality in the unified editor to save us from our sometimes inaccurate scanners.

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Improved "No Results" page with library contact information

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I've never really liked Evergreen's "no results" catalog page, because it's such a dead end.  However, I heard the next version of Evergreen will be able to link holdings to library websites, to easily look up hours, directions, etc.  So I thought, since those links will be in there already, it would be great to add it to the "no results" page to give patrons an out if they're having trouble with their search.

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Better tool to create a pattern for an irregular serial

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Some serials are very difficult to set up because they are so irregular. Additionally I think we had a regular periodical that came out every 3 weeks and we couldn't easily set up a pattern.

Laura (MCC)

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Continued by and Continues MARC Fields should show in bib record

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The MARC fields 780 (Continues) and 785 (Continued by) should show in the bib record and be hot linked to the former or newer title, if the record is in the library network catalog.

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Provide a means to move from the item in Evergreen directly to Syrup and visa versa

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In Millennium there was an indicator to which course an item was associated with. In Evergreen there is no such information and there should be.

In Syrup when you ask to see the item in the catalog we would like a way to open the item in the staff client.

 

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Display Publisher Release Date in Bib Record

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It would be handy to have the catalog display the publisher's release date for titles than have been ordered, assuming that data has been imported from the vendor as part of the order record.  Read more »

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Remove search box from Place Hold screen

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When placing a hold the “Search the Catalog” display is unnecessary and should be eliminated.  The screen should only contain the information needed to place a hold with the cursor in (for the staff client) patron barcode box or (for the public catalog) the pickup location box.

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