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

hansbkk at gmail.com hansbkk at gmail.com
Fri Mar 11 02:38:51 NZDT 2011

On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM, Ian Walls
<ian.walls at bywatersolutions.com> wrote:
> You can still have items of different item types attached to a single
> biblio; that's no problem.  And you could still have patrons add the biblios
> to their Carts, for tagging, putting on Lists or placing Biblio-level holds
> (amongst many others).  This should work just fine.

OK, so far so good. However I didn't realize there was such a thing as
a "Biblio-level" hold, and in my case I can't imagine it would be much
use, since most patrons wouldn't want "whatever item type of this
biblio is returned next", only a specific item type.

But I imagine an item-specific hold would still be available - perhaps
just not through carts/baskets?

> If this does break your use-case, though, you can disable the Cart for
> patrons by turning off opacbasket in the system preferences area.

Good to know, thanks.

> On Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 1:06 AM, <hansbkk at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I was really hoping to take advantage of the fact that I could have
>> different types of items associated with a single biblio record. But
>> it seems if I go this route, then I should disable Carts for patrons?
>> Is that even an option?
>> To review my situation with an example:
>> > My current use case is that I have multiple media types for a single
>> > film. It's all exactly the same video, not a different edition, but one
>> > might be a disc that's playable on a consumer player (Disc-Video), another
>> > may contain computer files (Disc-Data), another combines both (Disc-Mixed),
>> > some of our VHS tapes haven't been converted yet, and some really old home
>> > movies are even on 35mm!
>> If I catalog these as separate biblios, this will creates multiple
>> identical copies of the biblio-level MARC data, and just different
>> ("holdings level") data in the items table, including item type. So
>> when a patron searches for "2009 Proms Gala" they will get four
>> identical but separate results.

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