After reviewing months of Net Lender and Net Borrower information and discussions with Delivery and Madison Public Library, we will be adding Madison Storage to multiple places in the holds sequence. By adding this location before the libraries that are the largest net lenders we hope to help deflect some of the holds. Since patrons can't place holds for pickup at Madison Storage, placing the agency code before a library will not cause an increase in holds for the locations after that code. Here is what the modified sequence will look like:
ACL, BAR, BLV, BER, BRD, CIA, CBR, COL, CSP, DCL, DEE, [MAD] DFT, FCH, LAV, LDI, [MAD], MCF, MCM, CEN, MAD, HPB, HAW, LAK, MEA, MRS, MSB, PIN, SEQ, SMB, [MAD], MAR, MAZ, MID, MOO, MRO, MTH, NGL, NOF, ORE, PAR, PLA, POR, POY, PDS, [MAD] REE, RKS, SKC, SGR, STO, SUN, VER, WAU, WID, WYO, SCA, SCL, [MAD]
Since this is the first time we have modified the sequence in a major way, we will be watching the numbers carefully to determine the impact of this change. Please let us know what, if any, this change has on your library's Holds Queue report.
The 4.12 Upgrade will be done on the evening of Wednesday, May 30 and will be in place for the morning of Thursday, May 31. On that morning Talking Tech calls will be delayed so that we may conduct some preliminary tests.
Read complete details about the included features and bugs in the 4.12 Release Notes.
The following features will be included:
We will not turn on the barcode validation feature until Monday, June 4 in order to give library staff time to adjust to some of the other changes with this release.
We encourage staff to look at the new features in the Koha sandbox.
4.10 PROBLEM LOG
LibLime has applied a fix to the Ignore button in the Hold Found pop-up messages. There is still a problem with one check-in scenario but overall the button is working correctly.
When you click the Ignore button in both of the Hold Found pop-up messages ("Hold at" XXX and "Transfer to: XXX" ), the system will
The Ignore button is freezing when you try to use it for the following scenario:
We have reported this remaining problem on the original problem ticket, SCLS Support ticket 40636. As soon as this is fixed we will send out an update. The Circulation Services Committee is working on revising the workflows for Damaged, Parts Missing and Defect Reported items to incorporate the use of the Ignore button.
For several months, the ILS Circulation Services Subcomittee (CSC) and the Resource Sharing Work Group have been discussing and fine-tuning the policies and procedures for placing multiple copy holds including book group holds. The Resource Sharing Work Group has also developed policies for appropriate staff use of other library's materials, including multiple copies of the same title.
It is no longer necessary to send an email after placing multiple copy holds. Koha automatically moves the holds through the available copies in the system. This is, however, dependent on each library in the shared ILS running and processing their holds queue report at least once per day. If this is not done, holds may become "stuck" on one library's report. Library staff placing multiple copy holds should 1) place holds far enough in advance that they can all be delivered and 2) monitor the holds and take action if it appears they are not being filled in a timely manner. This is all explained in the new "Book Group and Multiple Copy Holds" workflow.
One of the charges to the Resource Sharing Work Group was to review how materials are circulated between libraries. This was extended to include the use of other libraries' materials by library staff, including multiple copies of the same title. The Work Group drafted a policy on this topic which has been approved by the CSC and which will be included in the policies to be submitted to the ILS Committee for adoption. It is suggested that all library staff familiarize themselves with the whole policy, but here is the portion pertaining to multiple copy holds:
Since book discussion groups are "events" the following regarding holds on materials for events also applies:
We are planning to do the 4.10 LibLime Koha Upgrade in mid-January (no specific date yet). The LibLime elves are working on completing the final bug fixes. Next week, ILS staff will be doing additional testing in the sandbox and begin preparing the documentation for the upgrade. Included in the 4.10 upgrade are:
We realize there are a lot of "details coming soon", but we wanted to get the word out about this upgrade as soon as possible.
Following this upgrade, LibLime will be delivering to our sandbox a substantial number of additional bug fixes and enhancements pertaining to our contracted development. We are working on a complete list which is "coming soon." This will be the beginning of LibLime Koha 4.11 which will also include our next phase of new development.
The following sections of the Circulation Manual were updated in October and November 2011:
The following documents were updated or added to the Circulation Workflows web page in October and November 2011:
Drafts of two report workflows were posted on the Reports page, ILS Support website:
All Circulation documents are works-in-progress. If you see any errors, have any suggested changes or want more information about a particular topic provided, please fill out the Koha Problems and Questions form and enter MANUAL or WORKFLOW as the first word in the the Comment box.