DISCLAIMER: This is not a comprehensive list. These are the things that caught my attention as Betsy moved through the session.
Release 2009a out is in testing now and will be out in early June.
Release 2009b is expected in fall 2009.
Preliminary Enhancements Lists for both releases are now up on CS Direct.
Architectural changes to full system to enhance stability and data protection.
Over 250 maintenance updates.
Some product features.
Q. from audience – will there be a new client download?
You do not have to go to release 2009a. You can wait until 2009b in the fall.
Notes for Release 2009a - Product Features
No conflict room booking
New calendar look
Integrated sign-on with WebPAC Pro and Encore
Express Lane 2009a Product Features
Patron message display
Zip code suppression
User interface upgrade
Can now show the last four patrons instead of just the last one.
AirPAC for iPhone
Looks very good. iPhone native look.
My Account Web Services API
Position library account in a portal
Checked out items
Read-only access to patron data
API will require library-side programming.
Notes for Release 2009b
Add monographic claims to print templates
15 character fund codes
Allow removing a record from a review file without having to leave Global Update
Add circulation notices to print templates
Allowed checked out materials to be added to course reserve lists
Batch extensions of due dates for missed bookmobile stops
Check for conflicts when using repeated bookings
Check-in an item without triggering a local hold (derived from "check in damaged" request)
Circa can do shelflist comparison.
Working on adding a component for RFID and non-RFID sites.
Process PC Transactions is moving into Millennium.
Electronic Resource Management
Link license reocrd to multiple resource records
Cost per use for manually imported counter-compliant data
Patron records can have mandatory fields
Patron records can use validity checking (can’t save e-mail address without @ symbol, can’t save telephone number unless it is 10 digits long, etc.)
Logins can be copied (big applause from audience)
Numbers can be used in "initials"
There will be a manager controlled option to reorder/modes on left-hand navigation
Additional templates for card creation to cover irregular but frequently used patterns.
PayPal is supported as an e-commerce option.
Working on a better workflow in My Lists function.
Every webPAC page will have a printer-friendly link.
Sort reading history
Display loan period for course reserves
WebPAC Pro Feed Builder
Users can subscribe to a feed based on a search query
It will be possibly to manually start a feed.
If a feed includes a link to an external source, the proxy will be able to rewrite it.
New Products for 2009b
SMS alerts for US users
Q. from audience. Will Encore Reporter require another server?
A. Yes. It will. Encore uses a different set of technologies. Tried to design the service so that the main OPAC server wouldn’t take a performance hit.