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Monday Minutes: Library Defined Patron Restrictions

In this week's Monday Minutes, Kelly and Jessie show off a new feature coming in 22.11 which will allow libraries to add values to the patron restrictions.

Patron Restrictions

There are two ways that a patron can become restricted in Koha, through a manual process done by staff or by an automatic process done by a background script set up by the library. A common automatic restriction that libraries utilize is through the Overdue process. Koha will restrict a patron automatically when sending a notice, as set up in the Overdue Notices and Triggers.

The manual process involves a staff member adding a restriction, but putting in a comment and expiration date. In the upcoming release of Koha 22.11, libraries can add defined patron restrictions to this process.

System Preference

We first start with a system preference, PatronRestrictionTypes, by default this will be set to Don't Allow. If a library would like to allow for staff to pick from a drop-down menu of defined restrictions, set this to Allow.

Administration- Patron Restrictions

There is a new option within the Administration Module found under Patrons & Circulation, called Patron Restrictions. Here a library will see the 'hard coded' restrictions Koha currently uses during its automatic process, but also a library can create new Restrictions.

To create a new restriction, a library will create a CODE and Description. Remember a CODE in Koha is all upper case, 10 digits or less, no spaces or special characters.

When creating a new restriction, Koha will allow a library to choose which restriction is set by default. No 'hard coded' restrictions can be deleted, but the ones that the library creates can be edited and/or deleted.

Using Newly Defined Patron Restrictions

Once a library has set up the system preference and values, adding a patron restriction will include a newly adopted dropdown.

22.11 Additional Resources

This is just one of the many amazing features coming in 22.11, check out the entire list and also our specific blog posts:

Koha 22.11: Upgrades Hub

Circulation & Patron Features

Monday Minutes: Expanding the Guarantor Relationships in Koha

Monday Minutes: Email Library When Patron Self Registers

Monday Minutes: New Notices in Koha

Monday Minutes: Customizing the Description in Overdue Fines

Hold Features

Monday Minutes: Grouping Items with Holds

Monday Minutes: More Options for Patrons Managing Holds

Cataloging Features

Monday Minutes: Item Templates

Creating Bundles of Items in Koha

Staff Interface Update

Monday Minutes: New Koha Staff Interface Coming in 22.11

Koha is getting an Electronic Resources Management module (ERM) in 22.11, here are four blog posts dedicated to this amazing feature:

Koha ERM Module

Koha ERM Module - eHoldings

Koha ERM Module - Licensing

Koha ERM Module - Agreements