Thank you both for your comments.  I would love to see some more development in 
this area.  We’d love to be able to have a field that held that date so we 
could keep track of when we inventoried an area.


From: Open-ils-general 
[mailto:open-ils-general-boun...@list.georgialibraries.org] On Behalf Of Rogan 
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:25 PM
To: Evergreen Discussion Group <open-ils-general@list.georgialibraries.org>
Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Method for collection inventory

There are a lot of inventory related reports that are easier to do in sql than 
the reporter (if possible in the reporter at all) due to what they need.  Many 
of these would also be good for weeding also and I've built them into the IDL 
in the past so that they could be more accessible to staff.

Another thing inventory needs is a good way to batch upload and handle items 
conditionally.  Right now the staff doing it through the item status screen is 
the best work around we have.  Another process is to have staff feeding 
barcodes in batches to someone with sql access and they're passing reports 
back.  That workflow can be more efficient but is also more convoluted from a 
"what humans have to keep track of" angle and it may not worth the gains so 
you're back to scanning things into the item status screen.  Honestly, 
development is really needed for a proper inventory module*.

There have been proposals floated around for better inventory support but 
they've so far lacked the critical momentum to get the funding gathered for it.

* I hate calling functional areas in an ILS modules because that's a by product 
of commercial ILSes separating things out artificially for contractual purposes 
but it seems to have become a core part of library terminology.

On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 12:28 PM, Thomas Berezansky 
<tsb...@mvlcstaff.org<mailto:tsb...@mvlcstaff.org>> wrote:
I know I could easily write a direct SQL query to show all non-deleted items 
that don't have an in house use before an arbitrary date, in the past six 
months, etc. I don't know if I could accomplish the same thing with the 
Evergreen reports module, though, at least without adding to the IDL.

Thomas Berezansky
Assistant Network Administrator
Merrimack Valley Library Consortium
4 High ST, Suite 175
North Andover, MA 01845
Phone: 978-557-8161<tel:978-557-8161>

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From: Open-ils-general 
 On Behalf Of Elizabeth Davis
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:13
To: Evergreen Discussion Group 
Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Method for collection inventory

Hello Everyone

I was wondering if anyone has ever used In House Use reports for inventory 
instead of Status Change Date? We use Status Change Date for weeding because we 
don’t have circulation history past a year due to a recent migration.  I can’t 
get the In House Use reports to provide items that have not been used.  Any 



From: Open-ils-general 
 On Behalf Of Elaine Hardy
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:59 AM
To: Evergreen Discussion Group 
Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Method for collection inventory


PINES has inventory instructions at http://pines.georgialibraries.org/inventory 
While they are PINES specific, there are generalities that may prove useful.


J. Elaine Hardy

PINES & Collaborative Projects Manager

Georgia Public Library Service/PINES

1800 Century Place, Ste. 150

Atlanta, GA 30045

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On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 11:41 AM, Vince Giordano 
<mailto:vgiord...@juniatalibrary.org<mailto:vgiord...@juniatalibrary.org>> > 

        We are planning on conducting an inventory on parts of our overall 
collection. We envision scanning each title. Are there web client versions of 
SPARK that can allow for checking item status or in-house circ? That way we 
could run this off of an iPad.

        Otherwise we would use a laptop with the staff client open and bring it 
around with a scanner.

        Any thoughts or suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!


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