Release Notes for 10/03/2017

Pika Release Notes 2017.09.0

Released Oct 3, 2017

New Functionality

  • Added sorting options for MyHolds page

    • Available Holds options :

      • Title, Author, Format, Expiration Date (default), Pickup Location

      • Library Account (when there are linked accounts)

    • Pending Holds options

      • Title (default), Author, Format, Status, Pickup Location


  • Position (in queue) (Horizon, Koha, Symphony, CarlX libraries; also the default for these libraries)

  • Date Placed (Symphony Libraries)

  • Library Account (when there are linked accounts)

  • Pika Opac Admins can now enable “Offline Mode” from the catalog



Backend configuration setting to allow logins while in offline mode must be on

  • Set System Variable “offline_mode_when_offline_login_allowed” to “true”





  • Note: If the circulation system is already down, the Opac Admin won’t be able to initiate offline mode from the catalog

  • Recommended For You browse category

    • Only displays when the user is logged in and has rated titles



  • To enable Recommend For You browse category


Note: The R & D team would like another Sprint to perfect the process for the Recommend For You browse category.


  • Aspencat format determination “by popularity”

  • Archive Book and Page Views now have consistent viewing options

  • Archive Collection (Exhibit) page random image generator can now display any archive object


  • Sidebar expired card notice now customizable per library, with a substitution tag for the expiration date



  • All metadata for place entities are now displayed including the map view


  • Archive Usage page now has a total usage row at the bottom of the table



  • Archive Page objects now display descriptions when present

  • Imported into the Archive EVLD’s Local History collection

Bug Fixes

  • Archive metadata audit

    • People

      • Demographic Details - All races and ethnicities displayed

      • Academic Record - Fixed links to publications in the archive

      • Military Service - all places served in the general place category are displayed

    • Places

      • Address & Latitude, Longitude are displayed

    • Organization

      • Addresses - corrected display of latitude and longitude

    • Events

      • Addresses - corrected display of latitude and longitude

      • Related Events - now parent event display the (parent) notation

    • Objects

      • Rights Statements - duplicates of rights holder are not displayed

  • Marmot indexing updated so items with Display, Library Use Only, and Reserved Use status can be shown as checked out.

  • Prompt to place hold on an alternate edition for other unavailable statuses in addition to Checked Out.

    • Currently Unavailable, On Order, Coming Soon, In Processing, or Library Use Only

  • Fixed upload of custom covers for Marmot and Aspencat

  • Log correct date-time of last extract for Overdrive extracts

  • Some Pika servers were not restarting their web server on a nightly basis which could lead to poor performance as time went on.

  • Marmot reading history was not updating in nightly cron process

  • Fixed copy count and hold queue lengths for CarlX (Nashville)

  • Changed media code used to determine CarlX On Order records

  • On Manage Request page, the ID filter label was updated to Request IDs for clarity


  • Change Western’s ebrary sideload name to ProQuest Ebook Central

Additional Work

  • Removed User Suggestion code, originally developed when Marmot began working on a fork of VuFind

  • Preparation for MUG 2017 Presentations

  • New Digital Archive brochure for CALCON 2017

  • New styling of

  • Autumn background image for Pitkin header

  • Themes for Gunnison High School and Pine and Plains Libraries

  • Added library foundation logo to sidebar for Anne Arundel

  • Minor clean up for Flatirons server migration

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, 2017, October 3
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