[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Question about Meta-records

Cynthia Williamson crwbookgirl at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 19:55:30 EST 2010

Thanks Mike, indeed it does.  I get it now.  Your intended/future
developments sound great... I was going in another direction but I'll keep
that to myself 'til I look a little more and see if what I'm thinking about
makes any sense at all.
Cheers, Cynthia

On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM, Mike Rylander <mrylander at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 4:22 PM, Cynthia Williamson
> <crwbookgirl at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi All - I'm wondering if anyone is using meta-records?  The only info I
> can
> > find on them in the wiki tells me I have to create them using sql - is
> there
> > no way to create them in the client?  I'm specifically wanting to link
> > existing records, not working on an import of new records.
> Metarecords are created when bibs are imported, so you already have
> them.  If you select "Group formats and editions" on the advanced
> search page, the results are, in fact, metarecords.  If you use the
> Advanced Options link when placing a hold and select one or more
> formats from the multiselect box, that is placing a metarecord hold,
> allowing the first available copy of any chosen format to fulfill the
> hold.
> You can make metarecord results the default by changing the value of
> SHOW_MR_DEFAULT in (by default)
> /openils/var/web/opac/common/js/config.js to true.  IIRC, Conifer does
> this.  If you have many formats and editions for popular works, this
> can be helpful.
> We want to extend the use of metarecords in several places -- being
> able to place a hold on an MR directly without having to go to one of
> its constituent records, links from record detail pages to other
> records within a metarecord, and I'd like to see a hierarchical
> interface for metarecords.
> Does that help?
> --
> Mike Rylander
>  | VP, Research and Design
>  | Equinox Software, Inc. / The Evergreen Experts
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