[Koha] Idea: Basing Cart off Items instead of Biblios

Ian Walls ian.walls at bywatersolutions.com
Wed Mar 9 10:32:36 NZDT 2011

Koha Community,

I'd like to solicit some feedback on this idea.  It seems to me that we
could greatly increase the utility of the Cart, both on the patron side and
the staff side, if we had it work off Item records primarily instead of the
Biblio record.  Some things we'd be able to do from the Cart if we had this:

   1. Batch Item mod
   2. Move items from multiple biblios to a single new biblio, in one step
   3. Print label batches
   4. Place item-level holds (in addition to title-level)

Since item records all contain the biblionumbers for their Biblios, it would
be a single additional step to convert the list of itemnumbers into a list
of distinct biblionumbers, and do all the same biblio-level functions we do
now (like biblio-level holds, emailing/printing, and adding to Lists).

Am I missing a complication in the implementation or a workflow issue that
would make this untenable?  What does everyone think?



Ian Walls
Lead Development Specialist
ByWater Solutions
Phone # (888) 900-8944
ian.walls at bywatersolutions.com
Twitter: @sekjal
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