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

LAURENT Henri-Damien henridamien.laurent at biblibre.com
Wed Mar 9 21:10:17 NZDT 2011

Le 08/03/2011 22:32, Ian Walls a écrit :
> 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?
> Cheers,
> -Ian
Hi Ian
I think that one thing you are missing is the user point of view of the
cart. From the OPAC user point of view, you donot care of items, what
you want is to be able to read the book or the collection you placed on
your cart.
So Yes, we could add item level for Cart, like we did for reserves. But
it should not be done without taking into account the OPAC users' need.
And it should be done with cautious, since when doing batch operations
with your cart, you would have to take care of ppl doing the same
operation in // . (I reckon this has not been dealt with many of our
developments, reserves, batch edits... But maybe could be added)
Maybe it would be the time to consider having OPAC and intranet as
separate applications. But this would duplicate the effort and maintenance.
Hope that helps.
Henri-Damien LAURENT

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