Soprano Blog

Soprano release to preview 10th June 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Soprano is available for preview.

This release includes the following:

  • Inter Library Loans
    • Notifications sent in relation to an ILL request
  •  General
    • Accessing the new Soprano URL with the Soprano wrapper
    • The privacy statement has been updated

Please note: Starting from the w/b 14th June to support the remaining work to amend the URLs,  we will be using additional maintenance windows every weekday between 6 and 8am from Mondays to Thursdays inclusive. This will last for the next four weeks. There is a small possibility that there could be an impact on the live system but if we find this is the case we will back out the changes prior to 8am.

Inter Library Loans

Notifications sent in relation to an ILL request

When an ILL request is displayed, a new notifications tab will appear. Clicking on this tab will show a list of any notifications that have been sent in relation to this ILL request. This functionality requires LDS 2.9.20. In the near future we plan to release the functionality that will enable you to double click on a row to see more details.

General

Accessing the new Soprano URL with the Soprano wrapper

The Soprano wrapper allows Soprano to interact with other devices such as RFID readers, smartcard readers and till drawers, which cannot be operated by running Soprano in an ordinary web browser.

The two main changes introduced with this version of the wrapper are:

  • It allows you to specify the full URL to your Soprano tenancy so that it will work with any of the URLs below. The previous version always uses the root URL: capita-libraries.co.uk.

          https://soprano-demo.librarymanagementcloud.co.uk/{your tenancy name}

          https://soprano-demo.capita-libraries.co.uk/{your tenancy name}

          https://soprano.capita-libraries.co.uk/{your tenancy name}

  • It is installed into a new location on the PC – C:\Program Files (x86)\ESS\Soprano or C:\Program Files\ESS\Soprano

The Soprano wrapper release notice (containing the details of the change) and download can be found here.

We advise installing the new wrapper on one or two PCs only and testing it with the new demo URL. When the new URL has been released to the live environment we will advise you and this will be the time to roll out the new version of the wrapper.

The privacy statement has been updated

In the Soprano footer the link to the privacy statement now opens in a new window to show the updated details.

Release Procedure

To preview this release

You can preview this release by inserting ‘-demo’ into your tenancy URL after the word ‘soprano’: soprano-demo.librarymanagementcloud.co.uk/{your tenancy name} or soprano-demo.capita-libraries.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. Please remember that it accesses your live data.

Release to the live service

This version of Soprano is expected to be released to the live service on Tuesday 22nd June 2021.

If you need an LDS upgrade

Your current LDS version number is displayed in the footer of Soprano pages. If you require an upgrade to LDS 2.9.20 mentioned for the above feature, please raise a support case through the customer support portal.

Comments and contact

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly.  To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.

Soprano preview now accessible using the new URL

Hello

We sent out an email on Friday 30th April 2021 (see the end of this post) advising that the domain names and URLs that are being used to access our systems are changing.

We have now added the new URL to the Soprano preview environment to enable you to test it in this context. You can still use the old URL to access this environment as well – soprano-demo.capita-libraries.co.uk/{your tenancy name}.

What do I need to do?

We recommend that you use the preview environment to:

  • Test access to the new Soprano URL using a browser from different locations, as soon as you can
  • Test the new version of the wrapper when it becomes available – due soon

To access the new URL

To access the system via the new url append your tenancy name to the end of it –

  • https://soprano-demo.librarymanagementcloud.co.uk/{your tenancy name}

Please remember that it accesses your live data.

Note: If you find you cannot access https://soprano-demo.librarymanagementcloud.co.uk/{your tenancy name} contact your IT department initially to see if this needs to be whitelisted.

Next steps

In the next few weeks we are planning to work our way through the following items, in sequence:

  • Add the new URL to the Prism preview environment so both the current and the new URL will operate in parallel
  • Add the new URL to the Prism live environment so that both URLs operate in parallel
  • Add the new URL to the Admin console environment so that both URLs will operate in parallel
  • Add the new URL to the Soprano live environment so that both URL will operate in parallel

We will keep you advised of our progress.

Who do I contact?

If you have any questions or comments do get in touch via the Support Portal.

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Email sent on Friday 30th April explaining the changes

Following the sale of Education Software Solutions (ESS) announced by Capita back in December 2020, we have updated our brand to reflect the new business.

We are delighted to announce that Capita Libraries has become Library Management Cloud. Our new brand is being applied to all aspects of our services, including the domain names and URLs you use to access our systems.

The following URLs will be updated:

How will this affect me?

There will be some local updates needed to enable the changes to be fully implemented. We will be in touch again to provide more detail about when and what will be involved.

In the meantime, please prepare for this change by advising your IT department about what is going to happen, reviewing any whitelists you have and thinking about communications for your users.

In addition to the URLs, we’ll be in contact again soon regarding upcoming changes related to the EDI Gateway and Base.

Soprano release 1st April 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the release of Soprano that was previously in preview has been released to live service this morning.

This release includes the following:

  • Circulation fix
    • Unblocking when paying a fine
  • General
    • Text changes

The details are described in this release notice.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly.  To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.

Soprano release to preview 25th March 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Soprano is available for preview.

This release includes the following:

  • Circulation fix
    • Unblocking when paying a fine
  • General
    • Text changes

Circulation fix

Unblocking when paying a fine

A borrower can be blocked because they owe more than the specified amount of fine. When a borrower has the fine paid via the till, if the fine is reduced to equal or below the blocking value then the blocking message will now be removed. Please note this fix requires LDS 2.9.18.

General

Text changes

The word Capita has been updated to ESS in some places in the interface.

Release Procedure

To preview this release

You can preview this release by inserting ‘-demo’ into your tenancy URL after the word ‘soprano’: soprano-demo.capita-libraries.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. Please remember that it accesses your live data.

Release to the live service

This version of Soprano is expected to be released to the live service on Thursday 1st April 2021.

If you need an LDS upgrade

Your current LDS version number is displayed in the footer of Soprano pages. If you require an upgrade to LDS 2.9.18 mentioned for the above fix, please raise a support case through the customer support portal.

Comments and contact

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly.  To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.

Soprano release 23rd March 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the release of Soprano that was previously in preview has been released to live service this morning.

This release includes the following:

  • Acquisitions fix
    • Editing order notes
  • Circulation fix
    • Edition statement in the Pick reserved items list

The details are described in this release notice.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly.  To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.

Soprano release to preview 16th March 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Soprano is available for preview.

This release includes the following:

  • Acquisitions fix
    • Editing order notes
  • Circulation fix
    • Edition statement in the Pick reserved items list

Acquisitions fix

Editing order notes

Order notes can now be edited when the order is at state Complete and the format field is populated. Note the format field is not visible in Soprano. Please note this fix requires LDS 2.9.17.

Circulation fix

Edition statement in the Pick reserved items list

The Edition statement will now appear in Pick reserved items, where present, if there are more than 20 items on the list.

Release Procedure

To preview this release

You can preview this release by inserting ‘-demo’ into your tenancy URL after the word ‘soprano’: soprano-demo.capita-libraries.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. Please remember that it accesses your live data.

Release to the live service

This version of Soprano is expected to be released to the live service on Tuesday 23rd March 2021.

If you need an LDS upgrade

Your current LDS version number is displayed in the footer of Soprano pages. If you require an upgrade to LDS 2.9.17 mentioned for the above fix, please raise a support case through the customer support portal.

Comments and contact

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly.  To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.

Soprano release 11th March 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the release of Soprano that was previously in preview has been released to live service this morning.

This release includes the following:

  • Acquisitions
    • Performance when changing the bibliographic record linked to an order
  • Cataloguing fix
    • Search Base using Cat. Auto Search Order
  • Circulation fixes
    • Issuing reserved items to fixed due dates
    • Transit message in Return

The details are described in this release notice.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly.  To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.

Soprano release preview 4th March 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Soprano is available for preview.

This release includes the following:

  • Acquisitions
    • Performance when changing the bib record linked to an order
  • Cataloguing fix
    • Search Base using Cat. Auto Search Order
  • Circulation fixes
    • Issuing reserved items to fixed due dates
    • Transit message in return

Acquisitions

Performance when changing the bib record linked to an order.

Some changes have been made to speed up searching Base when looking for a bibliographic record to update an order. Please note this feature requires LDS 2.9.16.

Cataloguing fix

Search Base using Cat. Auto Search Order – In Search Base the system will now only search the databases specified in Configure Alto> Parameter Management> Rules> Bibliographic Search Order> Cat. Auto Search Order. If no databases are specified, then the system will search all the Base databases. Please note this fix requires LDS 2.9.14.

Circulation fixes

Issuing reserved items to a specific date – If a specific due date is set in the parameters for reserved items, the system will now display the confirm button allowing the item to be issued to that date. Please note this fix requires LDS 2.9.16.

Transit message in return – Now as an item is returned the system will show the spinner to help gather responses from the LDS. You will be able to navigate away if need be, via the menu.

Release Procedure

To preview this release

You can preview this release by inserting ‘-demo’ into your tenancy URL after the word ‘soprano’: soprano-demo.capita-libraries.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. Please remember that it accesses your live data.

Release to the live service

This version of Soprano is expected to be released to the live service on Thursday 11th March 2021.

If you need an LDS upgrade

Your current LDS version number is displayed in the footer of Soprano pages. If you require an upgrade to LDS 2.9.16 mentioned for the above features, please raise a support case through the customer support portal.

Comments and contact

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly.  To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.

Soprano release 17th February 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the release of Soprano that was previously in preview has been released to live service this morning.

This release includes the following:

  • Acquisitions
    • Changing the bibliographic record linked to an order

The details are described in this release notice.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly. To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.

Soprano release preview 10th February 2021

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Soprano is available for preview.

This release includes the following:

  • Acquisitions
    • Changing the bibliographic record linked to an order

Acquisitions

It is now possible to replace the bibliographic record linked to an order and its items.

Now when you search for a standard identifier Soprano will search locally for the record and show you any matches. You can Select a record from the results to change the bibliographic record linked to the order and items. Note: The search does take a few seconds. We plan to improve this in a future release.

If none are found locally it will go on to search the Base databases in the order specified in SetConfig> Parameter Management> Rules> Bibliographic Search order> Acq. Auto search order. The search does take a few seconds. We plan to improve this in a future release.

When you Import a record, Soprano will load the record into the database and change the bibliographic record linked to the order and items. Please note this feature requires LDS 2.9.14.

Release Procedure

To preview this release

You can preview this release by inserting ‘-demo’ into your tenancy URL after the word ‘soprano’: soprano-demo.capita-libraries.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. Please remember that it accesses your live data.

Release to the live service

This version of Soprano is expected to be released to the live service on Wednesday 17th February 2021.

If you need an LDS upgrade

Your current LDS version number is displayed in the footer of Soprano pages. If you require an upgrade to the latest release of the LDS, 2.9.15 (which includes 2.9.14 mentioned above), please raise a support case through the customer support portal.

Comments and contact

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Soprano blog or contact our support team directly.  To suggest and discuss additional features please visit the Soprano Ideas Forum.