Hi Eva, I could certainly see that being a developed feature. I certainly can think of a lot of handy situations for it and it's certainly doable. I'm thinking of the folks that come in an bulk check out by genre and check out 20 items at a time because they assume they've read at least half of them and won't remember until they are a chapter into the book.
I would be a little worried about the workflow and if it was meant as a preventive (i.e. give them a chance to not check the item out) that there might be a speed/timing issue so it might take a bit of thought of the best way to do it. Rogan Hamby Data and Project Analyst Equinox Open Library Initiative phone: 1-877-OPEN-ILS (673-6457) email: ro...@equinoxinitiative.org web: http://EquinoxInitiative.org On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 6:24 PM, Cerninakova Eva <cer...@jabok.cz> wrote: > Hi, > > I know it is a little bit out of the topic, but I have another question > regarding patrons reading history: > > We were asked by some libraries, whether it is possible in Evergreen to > alert staff at checkout in cases when a patron had already borrowed the > same book before. Such feature is available in most of the ILS that are > used in the Czech Republic and patrons (and librarians too) find it > quite useful. > > Is there such possibility in Evergreen? I don't think so, but I just want > to be sure. > > By the way, Czech libraries would also appreciate reading history opt in > on patron application ;-) > > Eva > > --- > > Mgr. Eva Cerniňáková > cer...@jabok.cz > Tel. +420 211 222 409 <+420%20211%20222%20409> > > Knihovna Jabok > http:/knihovna.jabok.cz > Tel. +420 211 222 410 <+420%20211%20222%20410> > Jabok - Vyšší odborná škola sociálně pedagogická a teologická > Salmovská 8, 120 00 Praha 2 > <https://maps.google.com/?q=Salmovsk%C3%A1+8,%C2%A0120+00%C2%A0Praha+2&entry=gmail&source=g> > > Odesláno pomocí AquaMail pro Android > http://www.aqua-mail.com > > > ------------------------------ > > Dne 18. října 2017 11:43:39 odpoledne Aubrey Area Library < > aubreyarealibr...@gmail.com> napsal: > >> Hey Josh, >> >> An interesting proposal. I think it would be a neat addition to to add to >> patron registration process. >> >> Like Terran, staff being able to view a patrons reading history would be >> better off as a togglable library setting. The fact that we can retrieve a >> patrons reading history is a somewhat guarded secret due to privacy >> concerns in our consortium. >> >> Thanks, >> Jordan Woodard >> Aubrey Area Library >> >> On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:44 PM, Josh Stompro <stomp...@exchange.larl.org >> > wrote: >> >>> Hello, we are running into the fact that many of our patrons that want >>> to make use of a reading history, don’t find out about it until long after >>> they sign up for an account. Many of these patrons are also non >>> computer/online catalog users, so there is no chance that they would ever >>> find the option to enable it themselves, and even if they knew about it, >>> they wouldn’t be able to set it themselves. So they find out about it >>> after talking with staff, and then get mad when they find out that it will >>> only have their history starting at the point they sign up. Since they >>> don’t use computers, they need staff to walk them through (do it for them) >>> logging into their account and finding the option, so it would be handy if >>> staff could just do it for them. >>> >>> >>> >>> We could set the library setting to default the checkout history to >>> being enabled, but we really don’t want to make that decision for everyone, >>> and then put the onus on them to figure out how to use the catalog to turn >>> it off. >>> >>> >>> >>> So we are considering adding an opt in checkbox to the patron >>> application, along with a user setting that staff can check, to allow staff >>> to enable the circ history at patron registration time. The user setting >>> being checked or unchecked would trigger a nightly process that would >>> enable/disable the reading history for that account. >>> >>> >>> >>> In theory, this could result in a customer saying that they never signed >>> up for the feature, saying that staff did it on their own. But since it is >>> already trivially easy for staff to log into the catalog as a customer, it >>> seems like that would already be a problem. (staff know what the default >>> pin numbers are based on, or could just change the pin, a customer that >>> never uses the catalog would never know that the pin was changed) >>> >>> >>> >>> Has anyone else done this or something like this? Is this a horrible >>> idea? >>> >>> >>> >>> I think staff would also like to be able to access the patrons history >>> from their staff stations, which would make readers advisory easier. >>> “Which Louis L’Amour titles haven’t I read yet”. >>> >>> >>> >>> We have had problems in the past with patrons physically marking books >>> that they have read before, to make it easier for them to find the ones >>> they haven’t read. >>> >>> >>> >>> Josh >>> >>> >>> >>> Lake Agassiz Regional Library - Moorhead MN larl.org >>> >>> Josh Stompro | Office 218.233.3757 EXT-139 <(218)%20233-3757> >>> >>> LARL IT Director | Cell 218.790.2110 <(218)%20790-2110> >>> >>> >>> >> >> >> >> -- >> >> If you need further assistance, please contact the library at >> 940-365-9162 <(940)%20365-9162> or send a reply email. >> Thank You, The Library Staff >> >> 226 Countryside Dr., Aubrey, TX 76227 >> >> >>