[Koha] ItemType icons and "biblio vs biblioitems" revisited (sorry)

Owen Leonard oleonard at myacpl.org
Fri Feb 18 04:49:47 NZDT 2011

> Well, I expect that the biblio records will be getting updated
> frequently, and since I also plan to use virtual shelves (lists) and
> have members using tagging, item-level item-types seem the way to go
> rather than duplicate biblios, right?

It's really just the frequency of updates that is an issue. Having
item-level item types or not doesn't much affect lists and tagging.

> Plus (correct me if I'm wrong) this eliminates my having to choose for
> Advanced Search - only Collection Code will be available for that?

You can choose whether Advanced Search uses collection code or item
type either way, if I'm not mistaken.

> Back to icons then, is there a good biblio-level field to indicate in
> the search results (ideally with an icon) that a given biblio has
> available (child items with) format A only, or formats A+B or A+C?
> Fortunately there aren't that many possible combinations. . .

In terms of search results, there is no good way to indicate multiple
formats if you're using item-level information. It's a common
complaint and we don't have a good solution. The best you can get is
to turn on XSLT and see a biblio-level material type (book, audio,

 -- Owen

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Athens County Public Libraries

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