3.18 Upgrade Changes and Issues

3.18 Upgrade Changes and Issues

The NExpress system is being upgraded to Koha 3.18.4 this weekend. Below are selected highlights of new features/fixes in the upgrade that you might be interested in. ByWater Solutions (our support vendor) also has put together an upgrade information page, including training videos, if you’re interested. If you catalog at all PLEASE make sure you take a look at that section of changes. There’s a couple of major changes to the z39.50 search window and a couple of helpful changes when you’re editing/adding an item.

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Old Items still in transit: Help us find these items

We need the immediate help of every NExpress library (what to do is at the end of this post) to clear old items that are still marked in NExpress as being in transit yet may be on your shelves. Here’s why:

There are ongoing issues with courier deliveries/pickups going missing from a few NExpress libraries (this is not a courier-wide issue). Those of you who were originally were affected are well aware of this problem. Carolyn has been in constant contact with courier management and originally, we thought this problem had cleared up, but that is not the case. We need help figuring out what is truly missing in the courier system and what is sitting on libraries’ shelves, with an “in transit” status in the system.

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Holds Queue Reordering Process Changes

At last week’s users group meeting, we discussed testing a different way that libraries are picked for the holds queue. Currently, this is done through a manually maintained library list, set by NExpress staff based on lending and borrowing (ILL) statistics in NExpress; however reordering the holds queue this way has resulted in far too much volatility at many libraries in holds and courier numbers.

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