[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Towards more consistent terminology in the web client

Walz, Jennifer jlwalz at asbury.edu
Wed Aug 8 12:07:06 EDT 2018

All –

  I would prefer the ITEM and ITEM LOCATION designators – and consistency across all functions / buttons / screens / views etc would be very welcome.

As Dan and Lynn point out below, there have been VAST inconsistencies and also problems with function.    If we stick with item (which implies copy, call number, and barcode), that keeps it very simple.     Copies has the implication of multiple copies of a title of a book, whereas we mean more than that in most systems because we will have different kinds of physical things attached to one MARC record.    Using the term ‘items’ keeps it most generic.



From: Open-ils-general [mailto:open-ils-general-bounces at list.georgialibraries.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Wells
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 6:52 PM
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Subject: Re: [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Towards more consistent terminology in the web client

As for the "Add Volumes" vs "Add Copies", the problem there was that the omnibus branch created an "Add Volume" menu entry within the holdings view which did exactly that, add an empty "volume" (call number) with no copy.  It felt like bad design to have this menu entry for "Add Volume" which only added the call number while also having an "Add Volumes" button which added both the call number and the copy.  An early revision, for maximum clarity, relabeled the record-level button to "Add Volumes and Copies", but a long button label such as that brings its own challenges.  It was then reasoned that "Add Copies" in some sense implicitly means (at the record level) "Add (Volumes and) Copies", since you can't have the second without the first.  And thus the current label was born.


On Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 5:40 PM, Lynn Floyd <lfloyd at andersonlibrary.org<mailto:lfloyd at andersonlibrary.org>> wrote:
I came up with another terminology that should be looked at Call Number vs. Volume.  There are lots of places where these terms are used interchangeably.

Lynn Floyd
Lfloyd at andersonlibrary.org<mailto:Lfloyd at andersonlibrary.org>
Anderson County Library
Anderson, SC

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