LocalHoldsPriority coming on February 28

At the November 10, 2016, NExpress Users Group meeting everyone agreed that we should turn on the LocalHoldsPriority system preference after the bugs were fixed and we tested to make sure it was going to work. We will be activating this system preference on February 28, 2017, after all of the libraries have closed for the night.

The attached document explains how this system preference works.

Click here to download local.holds.priority.2017.01.27.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact nexpresshelp@nekls.org

George

Finding information about “Lost (overdue more than 45 days)” items for patrons

One of the side effects of declaring everything that has been overdue for more than 45 days “Lost (overdue more than 45 days)” is that it’s harder to tell a patron the circumstances surrounding the lost item because it no longer displays in their list of checked out items.

The attached handout explains where you can find out information about long overdue items on the patron’s record once the item has been removed from their list of checked out items.

Finding Lost Item Information Handout

New Links on Koha home page

One of the things we skipped at the November 10 meeting was a quick demo of some new things added to the Koha home page – alternative holds report links and Shareit links.

As Robin and I have done some Shareit training, one thing we’ve found is that some libraries have trouble with the Shareit links because of the way Autographics has configured the links.  In order to make the links more secure, they’re difficult to bookmark, so I added a block on the left hand side of the Koha home page that includes a link to the individualized Shareit link for each NExpress library.

Also included is a link to report 2778 formatted for each library.  This link will give you the same pick-list data you normally get from the holds queue, but formatted in a way that it should take fewer pages to print out and the report also contains barcode numbers that can be scanned with a barcode scanner.

There is an issue with the scan-able links for some libraries, though.  If your barcode numbers include small letters or some special characters (!@#$%^&*()_+=-) the barcodes will not show on the screen or print correctly.  This is not because there is anything wrong with Koha or the report – it’s just that the software engine that generates the barcodes can’t process small letters or special characters.

Click on this link for more information:  New Links in Nexpress Home Page