The new Evergreen Release 3.2 completes the move to a modern web-based staff client, phasing out the old client, while providing other enhancements developed by the Evergreen community to enhance service for library users and improve tools for library managers.
Users can now easily select a group of titles from a catalog search via new checkboxes, allowing the titles to be put in a basket for batch actions. These include placing multiple requests at once, printing or emailing bibliographic information, and the option to save and name the basket for later access.
A new option for renewing items automatically up to a custom limit based on library-set parameters can eliminate the requirement for users to login and process their renewals. Patrons receive an email of their auto-renewed items. "From an end user perspective, I think I'm most excited about loan auto-renewals," noted Bill Erickson, 3.2 Release Manager for Evergreen. "It's a great patron-focused addition to Evergreen."
Improved access options for patron names include new Preferred Name options for each name part which will display to users and staff. A global patron name keyword search, combining all name fields, has also been added to improve staff access to patron information.
Significant improvements have also been made to the patron acquisitions requests functionality. Also, functionality to manage emergency library closings is available to adjust due dates and handle overdue fines appropriately.
Looking at the future of Evergreen, Release Manager Bill Erickson notes the new release is a milestone. "I'm most excited about bidding farewell to the XUL staff client and our strategy for user interface development going forward. We now have a long-term plan for migrating our staff interfaces into a single cohesive Angular structure. What's more, now that the effort to migrate away from XUL is completed, we should have more capacity to consider other large features, UI migrations, and architecture changes for Evergreen going forward."
Evergreen continues to be the leading ILS for consortia and delivers local flexibility and granularity of policies that no other software can match. Evergreen 3.2 maintains robust performance on its open source PostgreSQL database and continues to deliver the most interoperability for libraries via its truly open APIs.
Evergreen 3.2 is available to all for download at no cost from the Evergreen web site at https://evergreen-ils.org/
The Evergreen community is made up of individuals, libraries, companies, and other organizations that support the Evergreen Integrated Library System. Evergreen is highly-scalable software that helps patrons find library materials and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries. More than 2,000 libraries around the world use Evergreen.
Evergreen is open-source software, licensed under the GNU GPL, version 2 or later.