Evergreen Enhancements – Developers Selected

Bibliomation has reviewed the quote submissions from the Evergreen developers and based on our priorities and the available funds for this fiscal year, we will be working with four different developers on thirteen of our original twenty-eight enhancement requests.

The four Evergreen developers are Thomas Berezansky, Equinox, Catalyst IT Services, and EDOCEO.

To see the full list of enhancements that we will be moving forward with, go to http://biblio.org/2012/10/10/evergreen-enhancements/

If you have any questions about any of our enhancements, you can contact Amy Terlaga at terlaga AT biblio DOT org.

Evergreen Enhancements

Bibliomation will be funding the development of these enhancements for Evergreen in the coming months. We are working with a variety of developers to add these features to Evergreen, so the timelines will vary for each item. If you have any questions about these enhancements, contact Amy Terlaga terlaga AT biblio DOT org.

Bibliomation / October 2012
ENHANCEMENTS (PDF here)

1. Cataloging
“Edit Volumes” – Call Number Display
Description: When you “edit volumes” from the item status screen, refresh the item status screen to show updated call number.

2. Checkout/Checkin
View Holds in Check-In
Description: By clicking on the item once it is checked in, an option for “View Holds” should be available from the “action” menu.
Print Details of Single Checked Out Items
Description: In Patron’s Item out screen the ability to print details of a single item with a new receipt template from the listing of items checked-out to a patron should be available.
Mis-scanned Barcodes
Description: In check-out: Any mis-scanned barcode should appear along with the message prompt asking if you want a pre-cat checkout or not.

3. Holds
View Holds in Item Status
Description: After scanning an item in Item Status, user can click on Actions for Selected Items and choose “View Holds.”

View Holds from Patron Record
Description: Be able to “view holds” for other patrons when placing a hold from the patron’s record.

4. Notices / Reports
Alphabetize Parameters in Report Setup
Description: In the reports template setup, the parameter fields are not currently alphabetical, making it difficult to run reports.

Alphabetize Template Names in Listing
Description: The names of the individual report templates are also not listed alphabetically.

5. Patrons
Patron Blocking by Number of Lost Items
Description: Have a group penalty threshold for lost items.

Include Lost, Claimed Returned, and Long Overdue as Items Out
Description: Make lost, claimed returned, and long overdue items stay on patron’s card as “checked out” (count towards total of items out) and also appear in the fine/bill area.

Patron Record-“See Notes” Clickable
Description: On the patron record, make the (See Notes) clickable, bringing you directly to the notes. From the patron search, this should not be clickable.

6. Searching
My Lists
Description: Improve the My List feature by adding call number to each item saved to the list.

Highlight Search Terms
Description: Highlight search terms in search results.

 

Evergreen Enhancements – Our Wish List Items

Earlier this year, we surveyed our member libraries, asking them to submit their most desired wish list items for Evergreen development.  We collected these items and added them to IdeaTorrent, an open source idea submission and voting software solution.  Then we gave our libraries the month of May to vote for their favorite enhancement ideas.  Bibliomation’s ILS Steering Committee then reviewed the top vote-getters and worked with Bibliomation headquarters staff to determine which suggestions could be done in house, which were already planned in an upcoming Evergreen release, which were not viable at all, and which ones would make the list of those requests submitted to developers for quote.

We’ve included a total of thirty enhancement requests, covering the following categories:  Acquisitions, Cataloging, Checkout/Checkin, Holds, Miscellaneous, Notices, Patrons, and Searching.  This Evergreen Enhancement Request for Development quote is being sent out to select developers with the deadline of Friday, September 14th.  Our enhancement development funds are not unlimited so we’ll have to decide from that list which ones we can afford to include in this wave of development.

If you’re curious to see our enhancement request list for development, you can view it here.

If you have questions about this post, you can email Amy Terlaga at terlaga@biblio.org.

One Year of Evergreen

Happy Evergreen Anniversary to us!

Bibliomation came up on Evergreen 2.0 on June 3, 2011. Since then, we’ve upgraded to 2.2 and TPAC, with countless small fixes (including some backported 2.1 features) along the way.

Since we’ve been live, we’ve circulated 5.7 million items, and we’ve added 891,000 items and 61,274 patrons. A healthy year, to be sure.

Our little Evergreen sapling has matured and will keep getting stronger. Each patch, tweak, and upgrade has improved Evergreen and made life under this growing tree just that much better.

Image courtesy of CC license by Flickr user Theresa Thompson