The LibLime Koha upgrade to Release 4.18 is scheduled to begin at 9 pm on Wednesday, April 2. The system should be available the morning of April 3. Watch the SCLS status wiki for updates.
This will be a major upgrade with most of the improvements focusing on the fines and fees structure. There are also improvements to the lost & claims returned process, item statuses, and debt collection. This upgrade paves the way for deployment of the Envisionware e-commerce solution, as it provides the SIP2 enhancements necessary for patrons to pay fines online. Final setup and testing of e-commerce will commence after the upgrade. Please read the Release Notes for complete details of the changes coming in this upgrade.
It is important that staff prepare for this upgrade because it will change the workflow for fines and fees. There are two webinars explaining the changes ("4.18 Changes: Fines, fees and payments" and "4.18 Changes: Other Item statuses"), both of which can be found on the Training page under the Koha Webinars heading. We will also be providing additional live training opportunities over the next two weeks to assist you with preparation for the upgrade.
SCLS staff are in the final phase of testing bug fixes. Once this is complete, we will ask library staff to do one final test in the Koha sandbox, to conclude by March 25. Watch for an email with details.