Aspen Discovery

The Aspen Discovery 23.09 release focused on features our library partners have been asking for and includes more than 45 individual updates!

We took this release as a chance to work on a number of quality of life updates for Aspen patrons and librarians. We know that it’s important to keep making consistent positive tweaks to how everyone interacts with Aspen in order for it to continue to satisfy and delight users. The 23.09 release includes dozens of these kinds of updates as well as a few fun surprises."

- Jordan Fields, Aspen Product Librarian

There’s something for everyone in this release of Aspen, here’s just a few examples:

  • With so many reports available in Aspen’s backend administration, many libraries have requested the ability to download all of that data into CSV files for further analysis. This functionality is now available for nearly all administrative settings tables.

  • Consortium and library administrators already have many tools for managing roles and permissions in Aspen and now they have the option to lock down any individual field to prevent editing no matter what roles or permissions have been assigned to the user.

  • Aspen’s Web Builder now includes Quick Polls, a basic poll utility that will allow administrators to build a simple poll and quickly engage with patrons to get a pulse on trending topics and questions.

  • When patrons forget their barcodes, they now have the ability to retrieve them by text with Twilio for both Aspen Discovery and LiDA

These updates are less than 10% of the total updates in the 23.09 release, so be sure to check out the complete release notes!

This release includes code contributions from

  • ByWater Solutions

  • James Staub

  • Theke Solutions

Thanks to all of our contributors and our community for another successful release!

Read the Full Release Notes

You can find the full release notes here.

Watch a Preview of the Release

About Aspen Discovery

Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with eContent and other third-party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers. It also improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (record grouping), and much more. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less impact on library budgets.

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Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions

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