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Soprano release preview 5th August 2020

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

This release includes the following:

  • Acquisitions
    • Default data when creating an order
  • Cataloguing
    • Adding and editing the 007 field
  • Circulation
    • Download the Pick Reservations list
    • Allowing volunteers to satisfy reservations and transit items for reservations
  • Circulation fixes
    • Manage Areas, Sequences now accessible
    • List of products in the till now accessible

Acquisitions

Default data when creating an order

When creating an order, the Site and Default Item Type fields will now default to None selected. If any mandatory field is not filled in when Create is clicked, the system will direct the user to make a selection.

Cataloguing

Adding and editing the 007 field

When an 007 field is present in a MARC record all the data elements will be displayed now. Category of material can be altered, which results in all the subsequent data elements being replaced with those appropriate to the new category. When an 007 field is added, it will display the Category of material set to Map. This can be altered as required.

Circulation

Download the Pick Reservation list

On Pick reserved items and Pick reserved items in area, Download list allows you to download a .csv version of the pick list. Take care when opening the file as Excel will automatically remove leading zeros. Note: where normal reservations are in operation, if there are multiple reservations on the title the list will show you one entry for each copy reserved for each reserver.

Example downloaded list for normal reservations:

Allowing volunteers to satisfy reservations and transit items for reservations

The system now allows users with the following enablements to satisfy and transit reservations in Process reservations or rotations, but not click through to the borrower’s details:

  • Circulation> Borrower=No
  • Circulation> Reservation> Satisfy=Yes
  • Circulation> Reservation> Intransit within Reservation=Yes

If the enablements are set as follows, then the user cannot access Process reservations or rotations:

  • Circulation> Borrower=No
  • Circulation> Reservation> Satisfy=No
  • Circulation> Reservation> Intransit within Reservation=No

Circulation fixes

Manage Areas, Sequences now accessible – It is now possible to access the full list of sequences when adding or editing areas.

List of products in the till now accessible – It is now possible to access the full list of products when the till is open.

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 12th August 2020.

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 30th July 2020

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:

  • Cataloguing
    • Updating the class number linked to a work and its items
  • Circulation fixes
  • ILL fix
  • Serials fix

The details are given 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 23rd July 2020

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

This release includes the following:

  • Cataloguing
    • Updating the class number linked to a work and its items
  • Circulation fixes
  • ILL fix
  • Serials fix

Cataloguing

Updating the class number linked to a work and its items

When viewing a bibliographic record it is now possible to alter the class number of the work and the class number of the associated items. Please note this requires LDS 2.9.10

You need to have the enablement: Edit work (under Cataloguing> Work) set to Yes to see the pencil.

Click on the pencil to change or add a class number to the work and to see the options. The options to update the items only appear once a class number is present on the work.

Make the required change to the class number and then set the option for updating the attached items. In the example above choosing to update ‘Only those with old class number’ would update all the copies except the one at Edgley.

Circulation fixes

Display of the item type and borrower type fields in Firefox – When an item record is edited in Soprano using the Firefox browser, the Sequence field now displays correctly. Similarly when a borrower record is displayed in Firefox, the borrower type field now displays correctly.

Creating orders – date ordered populated with the correct value – When an order is created within Soprano, the date ordered will now be populated with the correct default date so that orders for print suppliers can be generated. Please note this requires LDS 2.9.10

ILL fix

Now, when a loanable ILL request is receipted, the home site of the ILL item is set to the location.

Serials fix

It is now possible to display an open order which has a subscription start date but not a subscription end date.

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 30th July 2020.

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 2.9.10 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 release 16th June 2020

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

This release includes the following:

  • General change
    • Update to Soprano offline

The details are given 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 9th June 2020

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

This release includes the following:

  • General change
    • Update to Soprano offline

General change

Soprano offline

Soprano offline has been updated to take account of improvements to the “service worker” offline functionality available in HMTL5 compliant web browsers.

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 16th June 2020.

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 21st May 2020

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

This release includes the following:

  • Inter-Library Loans
    • Ill notes displaying on the Confirm Fulfilment page
  • ILL fix
  • Serials
    • Disabling the ability to create non-standard patterns
    • Generate issues – invalid values
  • Circulation
    • Indicator of progress when saving edits to a borrower’s contact details
  • General changes
    • Class number linked to a bibliographic record
    • LDS changes

The details are given 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 14th May 2020

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

This release includes the following:

  • Inter-Library Loans
    • Ill notes displaying on the Confirm Fulfilment page
  • ILL fix
  • Serials
    • Disabling the ability to create non-standard patterns
    • Generate issues – invalid values
  • Circulation
    • Indicator of progress when saving edits to a borrower’s contact details
  • General changes
    • Class number linked to a bibliographic record
    • LDS changes

Inter-Library Loans

ILL notes displaying on the Confirm fulfilment page

The ILL notes, showing that the terms have been accepted, will now show on the Verify Interloan – Confirm Fulfilment page.

ILL fix

Confirm fulfilment options – When verifying an ILL request, the system will now only show the BLDSS Web options when the supplier is linked to the BLDSS Web delivery method.

Serials

Disabling the ability to create non-standard patterns

At the moment the system does not support the generation of issues for non-standard patterns so the ability to create a non-standard pattern has been disabled.

Generate issues – invalid values

When preparing to generate a new set of issues clicking on the GENERATE ISSUES button displays the prediction default fields. If an invalid value is entered in one of these fields, the system will now retain the values entered when it shows the error. The only exception to this is if a field has been blanked out. In this situation the system will redisplay the default value, so you will need to remove the contents of the field in this case.

Circulation

Indicator of progress when saving edits to a borrower’s contact details

We’ve introduced a progress indicator to show that the system is saving the edits made to a borrower’s contact details.

General changes

Class number linked to a bibliographic record

If a bibliographic record has a main class number assigned to it, this now displays when you view the work in Resources. Please note this requires LDS 2.9.8.

LDS version

The text related to the LDS that displays at the bottom of the screen now says ‘LDS version’. If a particular LDS version is needed for the functionality in a Soprano release, the release notice will show this.

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 21st May 2020.

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 2.9.8 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 30th April 2020

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

This release includes the following:

  • Changes to the MARC editor
  • Cataloguing fixes
  • Generate issues – undergoing beta testing
  • Circulation fix
  • ILL fixes
  • General fix

Details are given 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 23rd April 2020

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

This release includes the following:

  • Changes to the MARC editor
  • Cataloguing fixes
  • Generate issues – undergoing beta testing
  • Circulation fix
  • ILL fixes
  • General fix

Cataloguing

Changes to the MARC editor

The layout of the MARC editor has been amended to make it easier to read and edit the contents of the fields. Fields and subfields can now be deleted.

Clicking in a field allows the user to make changes directly. New subfields can be added using the ‘+’ at the end of the field and they can be copied and pasted within the the field. If an invalid subfield is added to a field, the system gives an alert when you click away from the field or click on the Save Changes button.

Cataloguing fixes

Changes to indicators not being saved – Previously changes to indicators were not always saved as expected. This has been corrected.

264 indicators in MARC editor – Soprano now shows and saves the indicators for the 264 field in the MARC editor.

Serials

Generate issues – undergoing beta testing

Soprano has been enhanced to include generating issues for serial records.  Currently the software is under going beta testing. Please note this feature requires LDS 2.9.7

Note: The functionality does not yet support patterns with the issue prediction type Non-standard.

Access to the Generate Issues button is controlled via a parameter in the Soprano tenancy. If you would like this switched on please raise a case and we will enable it once the beta test is complete.

Additionally:

  • The title must be linked to a subscription
  • A pattern has to be attached at the delivery site of the subscription (delivery site(s) are displayed on the Open Orders tab for the title)
  • You need to be logged in at the Delivery site of a subscription
  • ‘Filter by Delivery Site’ must be set to the login location

If all these criteria are met, the Generate issues button appears on the Issues tab.

Clicking the Generate issues button shows the Prediction default fields. The values are takne from the first row of the prediction template linked to the serial so may be quite old.

Edit the values to reflect the next expected issue. Note: please make sure you clear the number field, if there is a ‘0’ in it to prevent the system taking this as the starting number.

Click on the Generate button. The system will create the issues following the template.

If you require rows for part of a year it is best to generate a full year’s set, starting at the beginning of the year, and delete those you do not require. The system does not check for overlapping rows. If the prediction defaults contain values that exactly match an existing row then the system will stop the generation process. If you need to create some rows that overlap, e.g. in order to generate rows for part of a year, then change the expected date slightly.

Circulation fix

Recovering borrowers created when offline – Some changes have been made to the recovery process for borrowers created in offline mode. When a borrower is created offline the system cannot validate if the borrower type is right for the age of the person when borrower type age rules are set. The recovery process stops if there is a mis-match between the borrower’s type and their age. Now staff can edit the borrower record in the queue and select an age-appropriate borrower type. Clicking on Create Borrower completes the create process and removes the record from the queue. The recovery process then automatically continues. Note: currently the recovery process stops even if the borrower type is age-appropriate. This will be fixed in a future release.

ILL fixes

ILL Supplier displaying as blank on ILL requests – If an ILL supplier only has a code associated with the record then the code will now display on the fulfilment tab of an ILL request. If a name is associated with the ILL supplier record then the name shows. Note that if you add a name to a supplier record, then it can take a few minutes to appear since these details are cached.

Receipting an ILL item and the delivery site – When receipting an ILL item, the Delivery site is no longer updated to the borrower’s home site.

Delivery format – Paper copy – You can now choose the Delivery format: Paper Copy, when the delivery type is set to “Post to borrower”.

Unable to receipt ILL items from other suppliers – ILL requests which were initially sent to BLDSS but were subsequently received from another supplier can now be received.

General fix

Password ageing warning – if you have password ageing enabled the system now takes account of the TAL_PASSWORD_WARNING_DAYS environment variable. It now only warns that the password is going to expire within the time period specified by TAL_PASSWORD_WARNING_DAYS or 7 days if the environment variable is not specified and password ageing is switched on. If you would like more information on how to configure password ageing please contact the support team. Please note this fix requires LDS 2.9.7

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 30th April 2020.

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 2.9.7 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 4th March 2020

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

This release consists of the following fix:

Circulation fix

A change in the returns process to improve performance.

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.