[Koha] Patron Category TYPES_REvised question :)

kdr at ckls.org kdr at ckls.org
Tue Sep 15 14:06:04 NZST 2009

We also have no trouble developing many different patron categories under
the current structure. It seems that you Student category easily can fit
under ADULT, while the Employee category is still a logical subcategory of
STAFF (or even ADULT, if you choose!)

They operate according to what parameters you choose for each. The only
real differences I've seen are the guarantor portion or the difference in
the way names are entered with some broad Categories.


Kathleen D. Rippel
Pathfinder Central, Manager
Central Kansas Library System

Original Message:
From: Owen Leonard oleonard at myacpl.org
Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:54:11 -0400
To: nadelcatura at yahoo.com, Koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
Subject: Re: [Koha] Patron Category TYPES_REvised question :)

> I already know that the Patron Category Types are hardcoded in the system.

The category *types* are hard-coded. But you can create your own
individual categories under any of those types.

> Because in our library, the Adult and Child Category types are not really
> useful. So we are planning to add the following category types:
> 1. Student (does NOT need guarantor)
> 2. Employee (replacement to the Staff Category type)

At my library we don't find the guarantor feature to be useful, so
we've created all our patron types as a subtype of the Adult category
type. This doesn't adversely affect any aspect of patron management
for us.

  -- Owen

Web Developer
Athens County Public Libraries
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