It wasn't adopted, I think there were a few questions on the listserv as to why it didn't get through the vote. I'm aware in the UK that a few libraries would really like it.
You can implement it through the APIs, as a solution was developed at IUG but we do not have the required hardware (php server) or the expertise to implement and support it and would prefer a native Sierra solution.
I have also chased our sales rep about it, who replied that it was being considered but it's not on the roapmap, that I can see. I'm considering asking our European usergroup to make a representation to the CEO if there is enough support. It is certainly something that would make me move to a different LMS next time we procure.
Was there any talk of this enhancement at the IUG? I was not able to attend this year.
Yes, Laura Frasca did a Quick Hits theater on automatic renewals. From my notes:
in Sierra 4.0
works via a loan rule element
once turned on sending courtesy notices automatically renews eligible items and the new due date will be on the notice - this will use a new print template element
local InnReach is supported
will have its own statistical group
patron cannot opt out
no message if item doesn't auto renew
There will be slides on her presentation on the supportal.
Hope this helps.