Aspen Discovery 21.08 has lots of new features that will help patrons, especially power users, to be more efficient. It also includes numerous changes to make administration easier. Finally, there are some back end changes to enable future performance enhancements and new indexing functionality.
Our power patrons with long holds lists will love the ability to freeze, thaw, and cancel multiple holds at once. This new feature will allow users to minimize the number of clicks needed when they work with their holds list.
We have also updated the display of holds for patrons using Koha's auto renew feature to give them more information about what will renew when, and if a title cannot be auto renewed, why it cannot.
We've also introduced support for some advanced hold functionality within Polaris including the ability to confirm holds when needed and place call number holds for items with volume information in them.
Other key features include: Quipu eCARD integration; improvements for permissions especially for large consortia; support for new formats including Book + CD, Book + DVD, CD + Book, Library of Things, and Book Club - Large Print; indexing improvements for Hoopla, OverDrive, and the base indexing process. Over 50 changes and improvements are included in this release of Aspen Discovery.
About Aspen Discovery
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR/record grouping) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery.