Evergreen 3.6-beta1 available

The Evergreen Community is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release for Evergreen 3.6. This release contains various new features and enhancements, including:

  • A new experimental public catalog skin based on the Bootstrap framework that offers improved responsiveness and accessibility.
  • The default staff interface for catalog searching is now the Angular one. The older AngularJS staff catalog remains available but is now labelled the “traditional” catalog.
  • A new course materials/course reserves module.
  • A new interface for managing “hopeless” holds.
  • Interfaces for sending test emails and SMS messages to patrons.
  • Enhancements for printing and emailing records from the public catalog.
  • The conversion of more staff interfaces to Angular, including acquisitions search and providers, manage authorities, MARC batch edit, and booking capture.
  • New web APIs for supporting patron authentication by EZProxy and PatronAPI.
  • A new Action/Trigger reactor that can make web service requests via GET and POST.
  • A new interface for managing curbside pickup appointments.
  • Support for the v3 Stripe API for credit card payments.
  • Certain types of reports can now calculate subtotals.
  • Support for the open source website analytics tool Matomo.
  • SIP2 patron lookup can now accept the patron username in addition to the barcode.

For more information on these and more, please read the initial draft of the release notes.

Evergreen admins installing the beta or upgrading a test system to the beta should be aware of the following:

  • The minimum version of PostgreSQL required to run Evergreen 3.6 is PostgreSQL 9.6.
  • The minimum version of OpenSRF is 3.2.
  • This release adds two new OpenSRF services, open-ils.curbside and open-ils.courses.
  • The release also adds a new Perl module dependency, Config::General.
  • The beta release should not be used for production.

Since the next Evergreen Bug Squashing Week runs from 21 through 25 September 2020, we highly encourage testing of this beta release as soon as possible.