Outcome of the OPAC Magic program
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- Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 21:04:15 -0400
- From: Peter Murray <PMurray@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Outcome of the OPAC Magic program
There were several questions at the second OPAC Magic program about the
use of the MODIFY_PFLDS and PATRON_NOTICES directives (as well as a few
other topics), and I wanted to clarify how these options should work.
Unfortunately, I do not have the e-mail notices option at my site, so
part of the response is based on reading the manual and consulting with
Innovative staff. This is how it is supposed to work; if you system
doesn't work like this you should contact the Innovative Helpdesk.
Normally, the circulation notice program uses the existence of the 'z'
field in the patron record (or other designated e-mail address field)
to determine whether a notice should be sent via e-mail. With
MyMillennium development, the library can now offer the patron the
choice of how they wish to receive circulation notices. This is done
with the PATRON_NOTICES directive. Using this option, the patron can
specify any one of a number of ways the notice can be delivered. With
this MyMillennium function turned on, the circulation notice program
will read the patron's choice in the MyMillennium preferences file to
determine what mechanism, e-mail or otherwise, will be used to deliver
The "MODIFY_PFLDS=z" option does modify the e-mail address in the
patron record. The PATRON_NOTICES selection is stored in the
MyMillennium preferences file, not in the patron record, and so it
currently cannot be viewed by the circulation program. Future
development in MilCirc will allow the library staff to view a patron's
settings in the MyMillennium preferences file.
The example slides I had from the CONSULS site contained an error in
that they should have listed both the e-mail address and postal address
as options for delivering notices. The patron can choose to use the
e-mail address, and then later choose to use the postal address. I
shall correct the slides in the web version of the presentation.
In addition to Email and Print notices, libraries who have purchased
the Telephone Notification System can set this method as a third option
for notices preference.
As a side note, it is not a prerequisite of the Millennium Alert
(a.k.a. Preferred Search Notification) email feature that the library
have purchased the "Circulation Notices by Email" product; Alert uses
the WebOPAC emailing mechanism. In other words, if patrons can export
lists as email from the library's catalog, then Alert will also work.
As we ran very close to the time for the session, some people needed to
leave before the presentation was over, and therefore may have missed
the URL for my part of the presentation. It is:
A couple of the slides have been corrected; you'll see the "Changed"
note as you cycle through them.
Thanks to everyone who came and participated in the session!
Peter Murray, Computer Services Librarian W: 860-570-5233
University of Connecticut Law School Hartford, Connecticut
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