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These are all live as of the latest version: 24.1

Bulletin Builder + Board Passwords
The new Bulletins Builder is live!

Keep data secure by adding passwords to private bulletin boards.

Hub Welcome Message
Add text to your Researcher page!

TeachingBooks
New integration with this cool service!

You’ll notice some parts of Alexandria look wildly different from others—Alexandria interfaces are being updated to new standards!

New-style (Makeover) interface
Old-style interface

In 2014, we made the first big step to a modern, web-based product. But the computer world advances fast! With the Dream Makeover, we are improving how it looks and feels, but we are also updating the code to follow modern standards and be more usable on tablets and phones. This is a switch we slowly started with your Researcher interfaces back in 2015 (when we introduced Slideshow!). In spring 2023 we released the first wave of updated Librarian interfaces, and are continuing these updates with an estimated end date of spring 2025.

Sometimes we release betas of our interfaces so you can try them out before they become live.

Reports beta
New look and lots of new features! Also, Notices and Labels betas.

  • Keep an eye out for:
    • Report format previews (know which report it is before you run it!)
    • Prompts to save your report for later
    • Easy category or list viewing

Once you’ve tried it, let us know what you think!

Utilities beta
Looks just like Reports.

Search beta
Search, Browse, and Explore make a splash with a new look and lots of new features!

  • Keep an eye out for:
    • Different views (Shelf, summary)
    • Filters for Browse
    • Easy availability filter
    • And lots more!

Play around, then tells us what you think!

Tell us how Alexandria is working for you! How are we doing with the new improvements and features we added? Take the survey.

Get beta early access! Do you want to see early concepts and beta releases of new features? The easy way is to sign up for our beta access list, where we’ll send information, sneak peeks, and early access to beta modules. (If the form doesn’t show to the right, sign up here.)

Join our user group! If you are interested in giving more in-depth feedback and contributing to ideas before they reach beta, sign up for our user research group.

Here are a few things we’re working on now. Contact us with any questions, or send us your ideas!

  •  New Search, Browse, & Explore (betas are live!) which includes:
    • Logos on patron interfaces
    • “Most Popular” in Browse
    • “Find more” in Browse
    • Browse by Medium
    • Sorting and filters in Browse
    • Click on the title to see full details
    • Shelf View in Search
    • Mobile-friendly Search
    • And more
  • Updated Utilities interface in the style of the Makeover (beta coming this summer)
  • Updated Reviews interface in the style of the Makeover
  • Updated Policies interface in the style of the Makeover (beta coming this fall)
  •  Updated Calendars interface in the style of the Makeover (beta coming this fall)
  • Updated Inventory interface in the style of the Makeover (beta coming this fall)
  • Depreciate Circulation Groups in Alexandria, as they are not being used — starting with Circulation Groups Imports and Exports.
  •  Add Circulation Groups to Textbook Tracker
  • Depreciate Routes
  • Re-engineered Admin (for self-hosted users) (coming this summer)
  • Improved sessions (not have to log in as often)
  • Improved password security (coming this fall)
  • Enhanced operations (ongoing)
  • UTF-8 support (character optimization) (ongoing)
  • Utility and report optimization (formatting, security, etc) (ongoing)
  • Enhanced email notices (more control over ‘automatic’ emails)
  • More advanced selections for reports/labels
  • Textbooks Coming Due Items Notice & Overdue Items or Unpaid Charge Notice for TT
  • Special Status Copies report for TT, Recompute Due Date utility for TT
  •  Customize Email Subjects for Report Notices
  •  Reports for cross Library/Textbook Tracker information
  •  Inventory Management for Textbook Tracker
  •  Operation summary report (see all saved operations)
  •  New Researcher style (color theme)
  •  Patron Reading Level report
  •  Patron History report from Reports (run it for multiple patrons at once)
  •  New Copy label report for 5×10 TALL
  •  Hold Confirmation “Letter”
  •  Hold Queue Summary report
  • Custom 3-column reports (make your own report)
  • Widget Builder & more widgets
  • Slideshow Builder, or, saving multiple Slideshows
  • Advanced Data Retention (options to keep old data)
  • BestMARC for new titles
  • Waivers
  • A way to run favorite reports from command line, or explore buttons
  • A way to consolidate grade table vs authority grades
  • Alexandria Researcher iOS app
  • A way to browse public saved lists
  • A way to automatically change copy condition based on age etc.
  • Textbook Tracker “Courses”
  • Recommended Titles
  • A way for patrons to request items (can do now with a google form)

Once we have drones, they will work on these…

These real answers from a 2018 survey still make us smile!!!

 “What is one thing we could do to make you happier?

  • You could send collectors to retrieve overdue books from students 🙂
  • come do my inventory for me!
  • establish world peace LOL
  • sell pizza?
  • Come clean the library for us?  🙂
  • Increase your market share, especially over Follett Destiny. I get tired of hearing how great they are. I have used that system and like yours much better.
  • Make it free…… 😉

We love hearing your suggestions for Alexandria. Fill out our form whenever inspiration strikes!


23.5 Release Notes

23.5 Release Notes

Highlights Can’t remember what you were just doing in Circulation? You know you can check the Transaction Log to see what happened last. Previously, the log cleared if your connection was lost or you refreshed. Now Alexandria will store your l...
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24.2 Release Notes

24.2 Release Notes

Content is subject to change until the official release on July 27th, 2024 Highlights The new interfaces for Search, Explore, and Browse are now live! No more beta! We’ve made a ton of improvements for the release. You might notice… ...