Implemented Development Ideas

Edit Activation Date option while Placing Hold

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When placing a hold that the patron does not want in a while, please create an option to edit the activation date right on the request page.

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Problem linking from patron holds to catalog for items we don't own

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I encounter this situation regularly, but a recent experience is a good example of this problem.  A patron called to check her position in a hold queue, so I went into her account holds screen.  From there I was able to tell her she was #1 on the list, but she said when she placed the hold there were three copies and wanted to know why her hold hadn't been filled yet. Read more »

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Completed development

Eliminate filters from advanced search box

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When doing an advanced search with certain limiters, the limiters appear in the search box on the search results screen. Not only does it look ugly, but, if users don't notice the advanced search limiters, they may unknowingly apply the limiters in subsequent searches.

The reason it keeps the limiters here is because most advanced search limiters do not display on the search results page if you want to re-execute the same search. However, we need a more elegant way to handle these limiters.

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Completed development

Interface should provide a clear distinction between delayed and cancelled items

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The cancelled lineitem status is used for two distinct types of order statuses: those that are truly cancelled (i.e. the cancel reason is configued to not keep debits) and those that are just delayed (i.e. the cancel reason is configured to keep debits). The acquisitions interface should make a clear distinction between these two different statuses. 

This idea was raised at the fall 2013 acquisitions meeting and was identified as a top priority for acquisitions. Read more »

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Completed development

Provide a way to search report templates by title, keyword and tag

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We have lots of report templates and despite our best efforts to label them and organize them into folders, it's still hard to find the right one.  It's actually pretty easy to run a report once you have found the right template, but I think the complications of trying to figure out which template you need is a real barrier for our users. Read more »

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Completed development

Add a "Expired/Cancelled Holds" tab in patron online My Account

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Our circ staff asked me to submit a request to add a way for patrons to log into their account and see holds that have been cancelled/exipred and sent back - exactly what staff can already see in the staff client. 

Sometimes patrons know they placed something on hold, but for whatever reason missed the hold notification, and so from their point of view it has just "disappeared."  Circ thought that allowing patrons to view these would help show what happened to them, and also give patrons an easy way to re-request them. Read more »

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Completed development

Change (fix?) how shared bookbags work

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We noticed the shared bookbags we've created as suggested reading lists for patrons don't act like we'd expect them to.  We've created a lot of these and link to them from our website.  One example is https://chelmsford.mvlc.org/eg/opac/results?bookbag=53516;page=0;locg=18... - it starts with (currently) 51 items, but if a patron sorts by author, title, etc, the total drops to 33.

It seems like the act of sorting eliminates any items we don't own from the list. Read more »

bookbags
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Completed development

Develop a Mobile Friendly Catalog, not an App, but a catalog that shows well on mobile devices.

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Completed development

Use radio buttons instead of a parts dropdown menu for holds

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Because patrons often don’t understand or don’t see the parts dropdown menu when placing a hold, it would be nice to show radio buttons instead of a dropdown when the number of parts is small. Also, the layout and language make a big difference in how intuitive this screen is—compare Noble’s PAC to CWMARS for a good example.

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Completed development

Show "Issues Held" only for the scope you are searching.

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When searching within a particular library’s scope, the holdings summary information under “Issues Held” should be limited to that library. You should not see the holdings summaries for all NOBLE libraries.

 

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Completed development

Add a Link Field for Report Templates

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When creating or editing a template, we would like to be able to enter a URL as well as a Title and Description.  The URL could be used to link from the report template to documentation for running the report, which could include tips, screencasts, etc.  This link should display in a column in the list of templates in a folder, as well as when the template is open to create a new report.  (Anywhere there is a display of template name and description, we'd like the option to also see the link. Read more »

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Completed development

Add a place to add notes for each filter in a report template

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Templates currently display each filter with this information:

Circulation -> Workstation -> Owning Library

Circulation -> Circulating Item -> Circulating Library

This is somewhat helpful for understanding what the report is doing but we'd like to be able to add a descriptive note to each filter in a template to help the user understand what choice they are actually making. 

See the screenshot for an example.

 

 

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Completed development

Patron notification for approaching account expiration

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 It would be great if the system gave patrons an advance warning about their accounts expiring and explained in commonplace language what that meant and how to remedy. Notifications should be sent by email, but might also appear when patrons log into their accounts or on a checkout receipt.

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Completed development

Void billings on long overdue items marked claims returned

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Need a setting to void billings on claims returned items that have reached long overdue status.  If it's claimed returned, we do not want to charge the patron for the item.

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Completed development

Display cancelled hold information for patrons

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In holds history, cancelled holds should display who cancelled it (staff, patron, automatic by system - expired, didn't pick up, etc.) If it was cancelled by staff, display the cancel note.

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Completed development

Review and revise reports after they are run

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After you run a report, there's no way to go back and check the criteria you entered into the report, or to revise it to change the criteria or even just to change the notification e-mail address for a recurring report.

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Completed development

Expanded icon set

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Need a better icon set, with separate icons for book on CD, book on MP3, downloadable audio, ebook, book on Playaway, etc.

 

Vickie Turcotte

Chelmsford Public Library

MVLC

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Completed development

Link to Library Information

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We would like the library name in the item display be a link directly to a page with contact information and directions about that library.

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Completed development

Display sending library in the acknowledgment when a hold is placed

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When a request is placed in the OPAC, include the sending library in the acknowledgement, as III did. Our interlibrary loan librarian used this information to estimate and inform patrons how long it would take the item to arrive. If this information is available elsewhere in Evergreen, please let me know.

 

 

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In the attic

Retain the last 5 or more patrons searched.

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This provides time saving.

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Completed development
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