[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Auto-Renewal Functionality

Galen Charlton gmc at esilibrary.com
Fri Jan 24 15:36:35 EST 2014


On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM, Scott Thomas <scott at albright.org> wrote:

> I am wonder if this type of functionality has ever been discussed for
> Evergreen: an item would be renewed automatically at the end of a loan
> period assuming there are no holds on the item or anything other issues
> with the patron or the item. The renewal would generate a circulation
> statistic. Patrons would be able to keep an item longer without having to
> take any action. We understand that fine revenues would take a hit. Does
> anyone know if something like this being worked on?

A similar idea [1] was recently proposed on the Koha development mailing
list for the use case of extending loans for faculty at an academic
library.  I'm not aware of any current efforts to do this for Evergreen,
but this is a good way to get a conversation started.

Here are a couple questions just to flesh out the idea:

1. Would you want patrons to receive some sort of notification that their
loan was automatically renewed?
2. Would whether or not a loan can be auto-renewed be determined purely by
policy (based on patron profile, library, circ modifier, and so forth, like
most other circ settings in Evergreen), or would you also want the ability
for circulation staff to turn auto-renewal on or off for individual loans?

[1] http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Automatic_renewal_RFC


Galen Charlton
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