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Release Notes for Koha 18.05.00

RELEASE NOTES FOR KOHA 18.05.00 24 May 2018

Koha 18.05 released

[15707] Add ability to define hierarchical groups of libraries
Koha now supports grouping libraries into hierarchies. The previous grouping allowed only a single level of groups. The new hierarchical grouping allows for trees of unlimited depth to be created. This will allow for grouping of libraries based on physical location, political affiliation, or any other type of grouping! The new system is currently used for search groups, and patron visibility limits. Expect to see more features using hierarchical groups in the future!

[19287] Add ability to mark an item ‘Lost’ from ‘Holds to pull’ list

[9302] Add ability to merge patron records
Koha now has the ability to merge patron accounts!
To merge patrons, perform a patron search, select two or more patrons then click the ‘Merge’ button.
Next, choose which patron you want to keep.
Circulation data (checkouts, holds, fines, etc.) will be transferred to the remaining patron record.

[19290] Browse selected biblios – Staff

[16735] Replace existing library search groups functionality with the new hierarchical groups system

[17672] Items table should have a damaged_on column

[20062] Remove support for Internet Explorer 7 in the staff client
Internet Explorer 7, released in 2006, is no longer supported by Koha.

[9701] Configure default indicators

[11046] Better handling of uncertain years for publicationyear/copyrightdate
[18417] Advanced Editor – Rancor – add shortcuts for copyright symbols (C) (P)
[18878] Improve item form display / labels too far from input fields
[18904] Advanced editor – Rancor – Add authority support

[11210] Allow partial writeoff
[15752] Automatically switch from circulation to new patron when a cardnumber is scanned during circulation
The new system preference AutoSwitchPatron allows to automatically switch to another patron record on scanning the cardnumber during circulation. This will allow to streamline processes at the circulation desk a bit more. Note: Use only if there is no overlap in your cardnumber and barcode ranges.
[18786] Add ability to create custom payment types
[18790] Add ability to void payments
[18816] Make CataloguingLog work in production by preventing circulation from spamming the log
[19494] Add reservedate to Holds awaiting pickup
[19752] Improve authentication response in offline_circ/service.pl
[19804] Suspension calculation doesn’t honor ‘Suspension charging interval’
[19831] Turn on EnhancedMessagingPreferences by default for new installations
[20322] Circulation page layout and design update
These patches give a facelift to the circulation homepage. All functionality remains the same, however, things have been moved to make the interface little friendlier and more responsive on different screens.
[20343] Show number of checkouts by itemtype in circulation.pl