[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Bookbags and record buckets: having my cake and eating it too?

Terran McCanna tmccanna at georgialibraries.org
Fri Aug 3 17:10:52 EDT 2018

I thought there was a wishlist ticket in launchpad for something like this,
but I'm not finding it now - but +1 from me.

Terran McCanna
PINES Program Manager
Georgia Public Library Service
tmccanna at georgialibraries.org

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On Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 4:58 PM, Jane Sandberg <sandbej at linnbenton.edu>

> Hi all,
> We have several bookbags that we use to keep track of books for a
> particular assignment.  We particularly like being able to direct
> students to a link that includes a nice HTML display of all the books
> in that bookbag.
> We typically add books to those bookbags at the point they are
> cataloged.  However, the staff client doesn't make it easy for
> catalogers to add to those bookbags at the point of cataloging.  Since
> the btype column in the container.biblio_record_entry_bucket table =
> 'bookbag', catalogers can't go to the bib record, click "Other
> Actions", and use "Add to Bucket".  Instead, they have to:
> 1) Note the TCN of the book they are cataloging
> 2) Look up the ID of the bookbag in a document and open it
> 3) Look up the book by TCN in the Record Bucket Query interface
> 4) Add the book to the bucket
> It's really round-about!  If I change the btype to 'staff_client',
> then the catalogers can suddenly use "Other Actions" > "Add to Bucket"
> from the catalog record.  It's way easier, but it means that we can no
> longer see the bookbags in our catalog at the URL
> https://libcat.linnbenton.edu/eg/opac/results?bookbag=[
> bookbag_id_goes_here]
> Does anybody have any suggestions about how we can have our cake (i.e.
> get nice, public-facing HTML displays of bookbags) and eat it too
> (i.e. a less onerous process for catalogers to add the books they are
> cataloging to those bookbags)?  Is there any particular reason that
> non-bookbag record buckets can't have that nice HTML display in the
> OPAC too?
> Thanks,
>   -Jane
> --
> Jane Sandberg
> Electronic Resources Librarian
> Linn-Benton Community College
> sandbej at linnbenton.edu / 541-917-4655
> Pronouns: she/her/hers
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