Chapter 74. Statistical Categories Editor

This is where you configure your statistical categories (stat cats). Stat cats are a way to save and report on additional information that doesn’t fit elsewhere in Evergreen’s default records. It is possible to have stat cats for copies or patrons.

  1. Click Admin → Local Administration → Statistical Categories Editor.
  2. To create a new stat cat, enter the name of the category and select either patron or copy from the Type dropdown menu. Each category type has a number of options you may set.

Copy Statistical Categories

Copy stat cats appear in the Copy Editor, also known as the Edit Item Attributes screen. You might use copy stat cats to track books you have bought from a specific vendor, or donations.

An example of the Create a new statistical category controls for copies:

Create copy stat cat

Some sample copy stat cats:

Sample copy stat cats

To add an entry, select Add. To edit an entry, select the entry you wish to edit from the drop-down list for the category.

This is how the copy stat cats appear in the Copy Editor:

Stat cats in Copy Editor

Patron Statistical Categories

Patron stat cats can be used to keep track of information such as the high school a patron attends, or the home library for a consortium patron, e.g. Interlink, or patron preferences. They appear in the fifth section of the Patron Registration or Edit Patron screen.

An example of the Create a new statistical category controls for patrons:

Create patron stat cat

WARNING

If you make a category required and also disallow free text, make sure that you populate an entry list for the category so that the user may select a value. Failure to do so will result in an unsubmittable patron registration/edit form!

Some sample patron stat cats:

Sample patron stat cats

To add an entry, click on Add in the category row under the Add Entry column:

Add patron category entry

To edit an entry, select the entry you wish to edit from the drop-down list for the category:

Edit patron category entry

An organizational unit (consortium, library system branch library, sub library, etc.) may create their own categories and entries, or supplement categories defined by a higher-level org unit with their own entries.

An entry can be set as the default entry for a category and for an org unit. If an entry is set as the default, it will be automatically selected in the patron edit screen, provided no other value has been previously set for the patron. Only one default may be set per category for any given org unit.

Lower-level org unit defaults override defaults set for higher-level org units; but in the absence of a default set for a given org unit, the nearest parent org unit default will be selected.

Default entries for the focus location org unit are marked with an asterisk in the entry dropdowns.

This is how patron stat cats appear in the patron registration/edit screen:

Patron stat cats in registration screen