MassLNC Sponsors Staff Client Improvements, Scoped Copy Locations and Other Evergreen Enhancements

Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC) & Equinox Software, Inc. (Equinox) are excited to announce a new development project for the Evergreen Open Source ILS. This project is the result of an RFP issued by MassLNC in August 2011.  The parties anticipate the coding will be ready for testing by the end of April, 2012.  MassLNC is sponsoring the project and Equinox developers will be spearheading the work. 

Some of the highlights include: 

  • enhancements to the open-ils.pcrud service to enable fleshing, include fleshed objects, and to make it respond to requests faster
  • the creation of a generalized API to ultimately facilitate the simplification of existing UIs and provide for new UIs based on simple, reusable components
  • support for applying and saving distinct sets of columns for any individual screen using the column picker, specifically including the holds view in the patron holds screen, the title holds screen, the browse holds shelf screen, and the pull list for holds request screen
  • enhancements to the patron search and holdings maintenance with the addition of support for double-click behavior
  • enhanced navigation of Acquisitions providers and fund lists so that users will be viewing/retrieving funds and providers based on their permissions and will be able to filter on fields in the grid
  • the ability to save distinct receipt templates for an individual screen
  • list interfaces will supply a row-number column, useful for scanning a long list without losing one's place
  • the addition of a customizable toolbar per given user
  • enhancements to the catalog bib record display, checkout, the Vandelay interfaces for importing records, and purchase order interfaces to support real-time display of updated data without having to manually reload
  • enhancements to the interfaces using column pickers to enable sorting by multiple columns
  • the addition of an easy return to search results from MARC record view
  • the addition of a new tab button in the Staff Client (beyond the existing hot-key and file menu options for doing this)
  • Org Units will be able to hide various fields in the copy editor based on local policy
  • enhanced record matching and overlay in Acquisitions to provide an automated method for matching incoming acquisitions records to existing catalog records
  • flexible scoped searches of the catalog based on pre-defined groups of copy locations both at the owning library and consortial level
  • more flexibility as it pertains to library selector display and OPAC-visibility, including the option of hiding an org unit but not its descendants
  • the last date of patron authentication will be stored, visible and reportable
  • and finally, staff will be able to configure the holds pull list.      

 
For this project, project managers are Kathy Lussier, MassLNC, and Suzannah Lipscomb, Equinox. 

About MassLNC

The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative is a collaborative project among three Massachusetts library consortia - C/W MARS, MVLC and NOBLE  - to implement and jointly develop an open-source Integrated Library System. The cooperative is moving forward with development of Evergreen. This project is funded with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and by participating libraries. 

About Evergreen

Evergreen is a robust, open-source integrated library system best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia. However, it has also proven equally successful scaled down for even the smallest libraries. Since its debut in September 2006, the software has sustained the 280-plus libraries of the Georgia PINES consortium. Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Evergreen now supports over 1,000 libraries of every type-public, academic, special, and school media centers. Evergreen’s rapidly expanding community includes libraries across 4 countries including 31 U.S. states and 8 Canadian provinces.

For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled professionals who provide services for Evergreen and Koha. These services include software development, consulting, training, legacy data migration, 24x7 technical support, and system hosting. Equinox also engages and supports a rapidly expanding open source community.

For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

Evergreen and Koha are open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.