This feature will be available in Evergreen version 2.5.
Libraries can now configure a penalty for unpaid, long overdue items in Evergreen. When a patron exceeds the allowed number of long overdue items, a penalty will be applied to his or her account. The threshold for the long overdue penalty is configurable by user group. Libraries can set the maximum number of unpaid, long overdue items that a patron can have on his or her account. The threshold can be configured through Admin → Local Administration → Group Penalty Thresholds. Libraries can also configure the actions that are blocked by the long overdue penalty. This can be configured in Admin → Local Administration → Standing Penalties.
As long overdue items are checked in, paid for, or marked lost, the penalty on the patron’s account will be adjusted. If the number of unpaid, long overdue circulations falls below the threshold, the penalty will be removed from the account.
Configure Standing Penalty
The Long-Overdue Penalty can be found and configured in Admin → Local Administration → Standing Penalties. This allows you to configure the actions that are blocked by the penalty. Here you will see a penalty with the name PATRON_EXCEEDS_LONGOVERDUE_COUNT and label Patron Exceeds Max Long-Overdue Threshold.
Configure Group Thresholds
The threshold for the Long-Overdue Threshold Penalty can be configured inAdmin → Local Administration → Group Penalty Thresholds. Here you can configure the maximum number of long overdue items a patron may have. If a patron exceeds this threshold, the penalty configured in Standing Penalties will be applied.
To configure a new penalty threshold:
Author: Angela Kilsdonk, Equinox Software