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Catalog search should find one-word variations of separately entered keywords

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For instance, a keyword search for...

skinny taste cookbook

...currently doesn't return "The Skinnytaste Cookbook" in the search results (because "skinny taste" currently has no relationship with "skinnytaste").

If we changed the search algorithm to include merged variations of keywords, we'd obviously want to test it thoroughly to avoid unintended consequences, but I think it's worth considering.

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Under review

Remove pagination from Selection List screen

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Make the selection list screen (where all lineitems are listed) list all lineitems rather than paginate the lineitems into pages of 20.  This will make the interface more consistent because the purchase order screen does not paginate. 

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Add "Damaged by Patron" to Actions for Selected Items in Items Out

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At present if a patron damages an item, we have to mark it "Lost by Patron" in order to generate a bill.  This is misleading and confusing to patrons who may not realize an item was damaged, or may wish to dispute it.

 

Thanks!

 

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Pop-up message for long overdue materials when checking out to a patron.

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There are times that library staff decide to check out materials to a patron with an item listed as long overdue and the message pops up for each and every item being checked out.  If they are taking 10 items, we have to OK the message 10 times.  Can this be changed to ONE alert message?  Or something else that would be easier to deal with when the patron is taking many items?

 

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Option to Set Default Search View to "Basic"

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In the staff client, there are currently options in "Workstation Administration" > "Set Search Preferences" to choose a default search library and to set your workstation's default search view to Advanced, Numeric, or MARC Expert.  I would like to see an option to set the workstation's default search view to the "Basic" search.

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Prefix and Suffix Field Management

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Evergreen needs an improved interface for adding, deleting and editing the call number prefix or suffix fields.  Currently many script errors display while retrieving the list.  The prefix and suffix often cannot be deleted.  Improvements to deleting a prefix or suffix should include a message indicating the specific prefix or suffix exists in copy records. If staff choose to proceed with the deletion the system would make the field blank in the copy records with that value.

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Left and right anchoring fails with parallel titles

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Parallel titles represent two seperate titles; as such, searches for each title should succeed wherever a search would succeed if the title had been entered alone. Currently parallel titles are indexed as if they are one single title, so left and right anchored searches can fail even when they would succeed on one of the titles entered alone.

For example, consider the title "Le placard [videorecording] = The closet".  We want to find this when we search for titles beginning with "the closet", i.e. title:"^the closet".

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When importing from a file in Item Status, give an "ignore all" option for the Not Cataloged pop-up.

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Sometimes I scan a bunch of item barcodes with a wireless barcode reader where I know or don't care that some of those items won't be in the catalog (like a stack of partially weeded books that I forgot about).  But when I upload the barcodes into Item Status, I have to Alt+O through a bunch of nuisance "Not Cataloged" windows that bring the upload to a halt.

It would be nice if those popups could be suppressed in this circumstance.

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OPAC should consider proxmity

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Evergreen apparently does not currently consider proximity so given everything else equal.  The title "Go Set a Watchman / Harper Lee" should rank higher than a title "Watchman / by Ian Rankin" when using the search terms "watchman lee" because the words Watchman and Lee appear closer in the string.

http://catalog.cwmars.org/eg/opac/results?query=watchman%20lee;qtype=key...

Others may have better examples.

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Under review

Allow users to sort holdings by any column

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The user should be able to sort holdings, a-z or z-a, based on the content of any column.

This is particularly motivated by the fact that sometimes it is best to sort by call number, sometimes by part, and sometimes by status, but I see no reason to restrict the ability to certain columns.

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In the attic

Add "Test notification method" to patron account screen

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Lots of times patrons call to check on holds, only to find the item has come and gone - and then of course they complain that they were never notified.  This happens with phone, email, and text notifications, with, I'm sure, a variety of reasons for the failure.

It would be helpful to have a "test notification" button next to the email and text options, so when the patron is in the library we can send a test message to their notification option of choice, to make sure it works.  Read more »

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Under review

Show only active hold count on item details page

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A coworker put an item on hold, and the Item Details page said something like "10 holds on 2 items."  Because of this, she thought the item wouldn't come in for awhile, but then it came in the next day.  She checked to see why it came in for her so fast, and it turned out that all 10 of the other holds were suspended. Read more »

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We should have the ability to erase old fines and their item information.

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When fines were paid in Millenium, they disappeared from the patron's record. 

Because of the difference in the way EG deals with payments, for whatever reason, some old paid fines are being displayed, confusing patrons keeping track at home. EG too easily allows payment of the wrong fine/bill, which is further cluttering up both what the patron sees and what Circulation staff sees when they come in.  Read more »

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Display Call Number (Shelf Browse) as list of returns

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In Advanced Search > Numeric Search > Call Number (shelf browse), display the results as a list (as in regular browse search) instead of as a grid.

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In the attic

Enable the children's catalog to be able to generate emails and phone notifications

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It's time consuming to have to put these items aside and look up phone numbers, and it's confusing for patrons to get emails on some material but not others.

 

Thank you

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Disable the email request option when patrons forget their password

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This doesn't work-patrons who have sent an email to request a new password never get a response.

An even better idea would be to make it functional!

 

 

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Reducing "Alternate Author" field for movies and other A/V materials, also Originally Broadcast Date not front and center as it should be.

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This field holds far too much information that we absolutely do not need cluttering up our search results.
If EG could determine one or two of the most relevant "alternate authors," that would be great, but if the entire field was eliminated (or invisible) from the search result display, I personally would not miss it.
This one was so ridiculous I just had to share it. The "A.A." field display is so long one must scroll down another screen's worth of space to see it all. (TCN# 3485288, if my link fails.) Read more »

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Under review

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
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