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About the New Franklin - Release NotesUpdates to the new Franklin occur every few months. This page offers details on the changes incorporated into each release.
April 2013 release
The April 2013 release went into production on xx April 2013.
"Click-to-search" name/title fields
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December 2012 release
The December 2012 release went into production on 13 December 2012.
A number of changes were made to improve the stability and performance of the catalog. (For example, the response time should be greatly improved for first-time searches involving common words.)
Certain categories of materials in certain locations had been displaying as "Available for use in library" when they should have been displaying as "Available," and vice versa.
Three new locations were added for the LIBRA facility. All display in Franklin as "Research Annex (LIBRA Special) - must be used in Rare Book Reading Room."
Holdings data are now properly ingested by the incremental Franklin update process.
See shelf location
A single "See Shelf Location" link appears for titles that have multiple identical copies. (Before this fix, multiple links appeared for each copy.)
The interface is now coded in HTML5. The conversion was a major project, but the results should be transparent to users and have no effect on functionality.
Sliding facet panel
Clicking the "X" on the right side of the facet panel will collapse the panel into the left border and shift the remainder of the screen to the left. Clicking the "X" again will restore the facets.
East Asia Compact Shelving
Now that repair work has been completed on the compact shelving on the west end of the fifth floor of the Van Pelt Library, the link to request paging of materials has been removed.
August 2012 release
The August 2012 release went into production on 1 August 2012.
The May 2012 release introduced a bug that caused no results to be retrieved when searches were repeated with facet values in place that contain spaces, slashes, diacritical markings, and a few other special characters. (This was the result of "double escaping" of characters.)
The configuration of the server was refined to eliminate indexing timeouts and the occasional dropped record. Since early July, the new Franklin catalog has been updated with new content every fifteen minutes.
Materials in the Fairman Rogers Collection
Materials in the Fairman Rogers Collection (RBML) were displaying "Request a Circulating Copy" links. This link has now been removed.
Link to report missing books
A link should show up for all "Available" (green) items that allows users to report that the item is not on the shelf. The link should call up a form that sends an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The accuracy and functionality of the shelf-location feature has been improved.
Materials displaced from compact shelving
Information and forms have been added to allow patrons to request materials that have been removed from compact shelving on the fifth floor of the Van Pelt Dietrich Library.
The Advanced Search functionality has been improved for compatibility with earlier versions of Internet Explorer (pre-IE9). Also, improvements have been made to the retention of search terms when editing a search.
RSS feeds now include title elements rather than empty titles. Other field and formatting features have been improved.
When an individual volume from a multivolume set is charged to a carrel, that specific volume should show up as charged to that particular carrel number. Formerly, the display suggested that all volumes were charged to the carrel.
May 2012 release
The May 2012 release went into production on 3 May 2012.
"Request circulating copy" links
"Request a circulating copy" links are provided for materials on reserve, in noncirculating locations, and with an item type of reference, noncirculating, or special. The link does not appear for items in locations that house rare or unique materials.
Status for individual volumes in a series or set
Relevant status information is provided for individual volumes that are on hold, missing, or lost.
Former and successive serials titles
A search under the active title of a serial now retrieves entries for the former and successive titles of the serial (if held by Penn).
Ability to report "problem" records
Items that have no call number or are otherwise "problem" records now have a link that allows users to report the error to library staff.
New bug fixes
Ampersands in searches
In search terms, the ampersand (&) is translated to "and" and matches against an
ampersand or "and".
Availability status for materials in the Furness Collection
All items in the Furness Collection (Rare Book and Manuscript Library) now appear with "yellow" status (available for use in library).
Items on reserve with "noncirculating" status
Charged items on reserve with a "noncirculating" item status now display as "charged."
Older bug fixes
While preparing this release, we realized that a number of bug fixes that went into production in past releases had not been recorded in the release notes or announced to staff. To make the reporting of these fixes complete, we're including these fixes in this update.
Number of facets displayed in sidebar
The maximum number of facets appearing in the sidebar is five.
Punctuation of item counts
Commas now separate thousands and millions in item counts.
Default sort is title A-Z.
Capitalization is disregarded when searching.
Call number searching
Truncation is in effect for call number searches.
February 2012 release
The February 2012 release went into production on 27 February 2012.
Detailed holdings for serials and multipart monographs are now displayed in the right sidebar. It is no longer necessary to consult Classic Franklin for holdings information for these materials. (For an example, see the record for Nature.)
Thousands of subject headings have been corrected to reflect current practice. Here are some examples: "Rocks, Sedimentary" (Classic Franklin) vs. "Sedimentary rocks" (new Franklin); "Religion and international affairs" (Classic Franklin) vs. "Religion and international relations" (new Franklin); "Rocks, Crystalline" (Classic Franklin) vs. "Crystalline rocks" (new Franklin).
Fixes to click-to-search fields
Dash (--) in search queriesThe dash is now ignored in search queries. Searches on headlings like "India -- In literature" should now yield reliable results. (Including the dash in search queries was yielding a large number of false hits.)
Improved treatment of punctuation
Punctuation is now ignored when matching queries to results. Before this fix, a search on "monkey" would miss "monkey." and "monkey," and match only "monkey " (without terminal punctuation). This fix also improves search results on queries with internal punctuation, such as "o'dell" and "don't." (This fix addresses an error report for a search on "the natural superiority of women,") For more details on the handling of punctuation and special characters in new Franklin, see Searching: Punctuation and Symbols.
Items in noncirculating locations
Some items in noncirculating locations had been appearing with green checkmarks and the text "Available" (implying that the item could be checked out and taken from the library). All items in noncirculating locations should now appear with a yellow checkmark and the text "Available for use in library.
The asterisk (*) may now be used to truncate searches for course numbers. Example: ACCT* to retrieve materials on reserve for all Accounting courses.
December 2011 releaseThe December 2011 release went into production on 13 December 2011.
Shelf location maps
Other improvements and fixes
September 2011 releaseThe September 2011 release went into production on 23 September 2011.
Initial brackets in titles
Location display for web resources
Online resource URLs
August 2011 releaseThe August 2011 release went into production on 8 August 2011.
Frequency of update
MARC metadata display changes
Initial release: April 2011The new Franklin catalog was released in April 2011.