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October 2015 Release


Franklin Naming Convention - The header text for Franklin now reads simply “Franklin.”  We no longer are providing separate labels for Franklin: Discovery, Franklin: Account Services, and Franklin: Course Reserves.   The reasoning is that the subtitles reflected our internal need to talk about very different processes.  

Virtual Shelf - A new Virtual Shelf allows for easy browsing of holdings across libraries. On the left side of a record page for a printed work, below the record information, a “Virtual Shelf” button links to the call number browse.   If there are both LC and Dewey call numbers for an item, two buttons will display. This search option is still labeled "Call number browse" in the search drop down box, but the page title on the results page for a call number browse search is now "Virtual Shelf."  Records for electronic works, which do not have call numbers, are not included in the Virtual Shelf display.

Scan & Deliver service - The Penn Libraries are introducing a new service that enhances research access to the materials held across the library system. Scan & Deliver enables Penn students, faculty, and staff to request free scans of book chapters and journal articles in the general collections of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Under the Request it options, you will now see an option for our new Scan and Deliver service. Patrons can submit requests for journal articles or book chapters which will be delivered electronically to their desktops within two business days.

The service is centered in the Libraries’ new Scanning Center located in the Van Pelt Library, but encompasses all general library collections across campus and at the Penn Libraries Research Annex (LIBRA) in New Jersey.  Scan & Deliver will greatly enhance visibility and ease of use of the collections and enable patrons to devote their time to research rather than scanning.  

Request links - To make request services more apparent, the request links on record pages now appear as buttons.

Special Collections limit - Under the Library facet, there is a new category: Special Collections. This facet brings together Special Collections items from all library locations, including LIBRA.

Facets collapsed on browse searches - The alert that appeared on pages where facets are collapsed by default has been removed.  The collapser is now labeled “filters” in its collapsed state.

Articles+ -  For a Catalog & Articles+ search, in the Articles+ view, if an abstract is available, a “Summary” button appears.  When it is clicked, an expanded view of the abstract displays.

Bottom gold bar - As you scroll down, the bottom gold bar still follows you, but it stops in the white area, immediately above the footer.   

Contacts - The link under Contact Us that used to say "Email us," now reads "Questions or comments," and points to the form.  The reasons for this are 1) email is not set up on public computers and 2) FAQ comments can be more efficiently queued for appropriate staff to respond. (Contact links on the Summon and 360 pages continue to go to catalog@pobox.)


March 2015 Release


Mobile Site: A new and improved faceted-mobile interface has been deployed. Mobile and full sites have the same address - When one accesses the mobile site, the appropriate page for the device will display. Export functions on the mobile site only allow for email.  The mobile site does not include access to account services.

PennKey login: A new login page has been created for non-PennKey users, with a goal of encouraging Pennkey-eligible patrons to set up a PennKey.

Special Collections Requests: Aeon Special Collections-related locations have been updated to allow direct requests into the Special Collections systems.  

Items checked out can now be recalled from carrels.

User interface changes

The excess length of the footer at the bottom of Franklin screens has been reduced.  

Facets are now compatible with Internet Explorer 7/8 browsers.

Anomalies in record holding statuses have now been corrected.

Google cover images now display reliably on detailed record pages.

Many more Google  covers now display on search results and detailed record pages because we have taken advantage of the OCLC control number remediation project.


New Tools for metadata extraction: Michael Gibney has been working on a Command-line and java tool for configurable extraction, streaming/fault-tolerant processing of data from xml files, databases, URLs, and MARC.



October 2014 Release


  • Penn Libraries now provides access to HathiTrust downloadable e-books through Franklin.  Records for public domain works available through the HathiTrust have been loaded into Franklin. These records provide links to downloadable PDFs for 1.8 million books and serials new to the Penn Libraries. Links to about 200,000 Hathi titles also owned by Penn were added to existing Franklin records in early October. 


  • Special Collections stored at LIBRA can now be requested through Aeon.  

  • The development environment for the mobile platform was upgraded.  
  • Searches on the Publisher and Place of Publication now include Resource Description and Access (RDA) metadata elements.   
  • Databases coded with the Genre Book in the bibliographic record in Voyager were corrected.    
  • Adjustments were made to the University of Pennsylvania Finding Aids (EAD) site to include the Kislak name.    
  • The counts for selected limits are now formatted with commas.

August 2014 Release


  • Video covers visible in Franklin now link to images scanned in-house.  

System improvement

  • Periodically failing connections to the Voyager database, which cause realtime service failures, have been resolved.  

Aeon and Special Collections Research Accounts


Aeon, a system for initiating requests to use special collections materials at the Kislak Center, the Library at the Katz Center, and the Fisher Fine Arts Library, debuted on July 1st.  This was announced by the Aeon Implementation team in a July 16th email. 

  • Penn patrons and visitors can now access the Aeon system to initiate requests through both Franklin records and EADs (Encoded Archival Description) in the University of Pennsylvania Finding Aids DLA collection. 
  • From within Franklin, OpenURL-formatted links allow users to place reading room requests for special collections materials.  From EADs, patrons can request specific materials, such as folders within archival boxes, by clicking on checkboxes.  

Ares and Reserves


The Libraries migrated to a new course reserves system called Ares.  Implementation of this system required some work from the Franklin team.


  • The mechanics to determine if an individual is eligible to request that an item be placed on reserve are now in place.  The option to place an item on reserve now displays only to a relevant subset of Penn faculty and staff.  

  • The course reserve request form accessed through Franklin account services populates Ares.

  • OpenURL-formatted links are in place for Ares.

May 2014 Release


Searching and the display of search results

  • Problems caused by punctuation in title and heading browse searches have been resolved. Now searches on both Portnoys Complaint and Portnoy’s Complaint will retrieve the same results. 

  • Print materials that have a link to full text in the 856 now show up under both “At the Library” and “Online.”

  • The text “your page ends before” and “your page starts after” at top of browse results screens has been removed.

  • Index numerals have been removed from the title and call number browse results.

  • The toggle links to Show and Hide cross-references have been removed in the subject heading browse results. (Because subject authority records are not currently being ingested into Franklin, there are no cross references to display in the results.) 


  • Items retrieved by selecting facets only will be sorted by BibID rather than relevance.  When BibID is the sort order, the “Sort by” pull-down box will be blank and relevance will be grayed out.

  • Sort options are now “sticky.”  For example, when a search is performed and a sort option other than the default relevance sort (such as “Pub Date: (new to old)”) is selected, that sort option will be retained for subsequent searches. 


  • After completing a title browse search and clicking on a record, back and forward buttons display on the record page to allow movement through individual records.

Record Display

  • Field 245 subfield $c (title field, statement of responsibility) has been added to the results list and brief view displays in reserves.

  •  Temporary location holdings information is now displaying correctly. 


  • Response time has been slow for call slip requests for records that have many items records attached.  While the underlying problem of ExLibris’s implementation of their Voyager XML Webservices has not been addressed, we’ve implemented a custom workaround to resolve the problem.  

  •  Faculty Express “request it” links now display to eligible users.  


  • Export options from a course reserves results page are now the same as from a Franklin results page.

  •  When items are exported to RefWorks, Refworks opens in a new tab. 

February 2014 release

The February 2014 release went into production on February xx, 2014


  • When placing a request, information about the requested item would not be pulled into the request screen if the titles exceeded a certain number of characters. The titles are now truncated to fit the character limit.
  • The MARC $q subfield is now included in facet values for personal names (1xx/7xx), for example: Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962.
  • In the reserves collection, check boxes next to items have been removed, since printing, emailing, and exporting are not yet available.
  • After clicking the link to email or export records, the pop-up window now closes once the action has been completed.

October 2013 release

The October 2013 release went into production on October 22, 2013.


Revised pull-down search menu

  • The search options now match the wording and order of those in Classic Franklin

Browse functionality

  • Authors, titles, subjects, and call numbers may be browsed using left-anchored searching

Cross reference functionality

  • Links are provided from unauthorized forms of names (for example "Tolstoi, Leo") to the correct form ("Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910"). Similar cross references will be added to the subject browse in a future release.

User interface

  • Added a pull-down menu for "Help" at the top of the display, allowing users to select among "Searching," "Account," and "Chat." "Contact us" information (email and telephone) and library chat link have been added to the bottom of the display

Display of RDA elements

  • Essential RDA elements now display. (Work on accommodating RDA is ongoing.)


Advanced search

  • Search options have been relabeled "Guided Search" and "Boolean Custom Search"
  • Date range searching is now functional
  • Several errors that caused search items to disappear have been fixed
  • Searches may now begin with the Boolean operator NOT


Update interval

  • All additions and changes to the library's holdings should be reflected in new Franklin within thirty minutes. The added resources needed to provide the browse functionality necessitated an extension of the update interval from fifteen minutes to thirty minutes.

July 2013 release

The July 2013 release went into production on July 22, 2013.


Account services

  • Login: Users can now log into their account by clicking the "Login" button in the top righthand corner
  • Patron account: The patron account module displays profile data, items checked out, requests, and blocks and fines
  • Renew materials: Materials may be renewed from the "Checked out" tab

Selecting records

  • Records can be selected by clicking checkboxes to the left of item number in the results display. All records can be selected or deselected by clicking the box at the top of the column.

Manipulating records

Selected records can be:

  • Printed
  • Emailed
  • Downloaded to Zotero or Mendeley
  • Exported to Refworks
  • Downloaded in RIS format for import into a variety of citation managers, including EndNote and RefWorks

Index status

  • Clicking on the icon in the far bottom righthand corner will call up a window displaying the date and time of the last index update.

April 2013 release

The April 2013 release went into production on April 9, 2013.



  • Truncation. Truncation may now be applied to nonroman character-based languages, such as Cyrillic. (Note: Truncation may not be applied to logographic languages, such as Chinese, for which each glyph is treated as a separate word.)
  • Symbols. Symbols used in the names of computer languages and musical keys may now be included in searches. Examples: C++, F# major (Note: The percent sign (%) at this time, is ignored.)
  • Slash character (/). The slash character is ignored in searches. Example: east/west will retrieve results matching "east west" and eastwest.
  • "Date added" sort. The sort option "Recently added" in the pull-down menu on the right is now labeled "Date added (new-old)," bringing it into consistency with the labels for other sort options.
  • ISBN/ISSN: An ISBN or ISSN, entered with or without hyphens, can now be retrieved through an "All Franklin" search as well as the "ISBN/ISSN" search.

"Click-to-search" name/title fields

  • For name/title fields (MARC fields 700/710 with a subfield $t), only the name segment of the field (subfields $a, $b, $c, and $d) is "click-to-search."

Specific Location facet value

  • A facet value was added for the Math/Physics/Astronomy New Book Shelf.

Advanced search

  • Back button. Pressing the back button after an executing an Advanced Search involving a publication date no longer shifts the dates to different fields.
  • OR Boolean operator. The treatment of the OR Boolean operator has been fixed so that it works consistently with complicated, multiterm searches involving phrases.

Holdings information

  • "Not on shelf?" link. A "Not on shelf?" link no longer displays for materials shelved in closed-stack locations.
  • Carrel charges. Materials charged to a carrel are displayed as "Charged to carrel [number.]"
  • Materials on order. Materials that are on order display with a red dash ("unavailable") with appropriate labels and dates. Examples: "Claimed as of 01-Jan-2013," "Received as of 01-Jan-2013."

Purging deleted and suppressed records

  • Records that have been deleted, suppressed, or merged are purged as part of the incremental indexing scheduled at fifteen-minute intervals


Header and footer

  • Page header now has links to "Help," "Library Home," and "My Account."
  • Extended footer now has two columns of links and a search box (see next item).

Searchable help

  • A Google-driven search box is provided at the bottom of the screen to search the help pages of new Franklin.
  • A "Direct link" is provided in the bottom right-hand corner of each record display. This link is the most efficient way to refer to a single new Franklin record in websites, publications, email, etc.

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.

LIBRA locations

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

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.

Other changes

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.


Repeat searches

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.)
Example: Search lancet, select "Journal/periodical" as a Format facet, then replace lancet with nature in the search box and click "GO." The search should now retrieve the relevant results.

Incremental indexing

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.
Example: Display of records in the Fairman Rogers Collection


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

Shelf locations

The accuracy and functionality of the shelf-location feature has been improved.
Example: The "See Shelf Location" link on this new Franklin record will display a map with the general shelving location highlighted in purple.

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.
Example: Keyword search on Shi jing yao ji ji cheng

Advanced search

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

RSS feeds now include title elements rather than empty titles. Other field and formatting features have been improved.
Example: An RSS feed for a keyword search on monkeys

Carrel charges

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.

New functionality

"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".
Example: A title search on "love & death" retrieves the video Love and Death.

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.

Advanced Search

  • Fixed the population of the Advanced Search form for Boolean searches.
    Example: baseball AND dimaggio AND kofax

  • "Clear" completely clears the search terms in both the Advanced and Basic searches.

  • Human-language text is used for field labels rather than SOLR field names.

Course reserves

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.

Volume/issue holdings

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 .)

Subject remediation

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

  • Removed enumeration from click-to-search links for series fields. Only the title of a series is now included in the links. For example, in the record for History, memory, and state-sponsored violence , clicking on "Routledge approaches to history ; 4" should retrieve all volumes held in the "Routledge approaches to history" series rather than only volume 4.
  • Improved treatment of click-to-search links for subseries. Clicking on a link for a series/subseries combination, such as "Faksimile Edition. Kremsmünster" now yields results.
  • Click-to-search for authors/creators. Clicking on a link for an author/creator should now consistently retrieve results.

Dash (--) in search queries

The 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 release

The December 2011 release went into production on 13 December 2011.

Genre limit

  • A new Genre limit has been added to the left sidebar to allow browsing of videorecordings and manuscript materials by the contents of the Form/Genre field. (This facet is not available for other types of materials.)

Shelf location maps

  • When displaying the information for an individual item, clicking on the "See Shelf Location" link in the "Library Location" box on the right will open a new tab displaying a floorplan with color highlighting that indicates the area where the item is located. The shelf locator appears in browsers that support HTML5, including most mobile browsers.

Other improvements and fixes

  • Improved results for series headings. Links should now appear only when appropriate. Also, the duplication of series headings has been reduced.
  • Improved results for joint authors, editors, etc. Clicking on links for joint authors, editors, etc., will now retrieve everything by the person, not just the collaborative works. For example, clicking on "Wilson, Deirdre. joint author" will retrieve everything by Deirdre Wilson, not just those books for which she is a joint author.
  • Author links that include dates now work. Clicking on a link now returns results.
  • Folder numbers for manuscript material. Folder numbers (MARC field 773) now display in both the search results and the display for an individual item.
  • Information specific to rare books. "Fingerprint" (MARC field 026) and "Place of Publication" (MARC field 752) now display.
  • Printing in Firefox 8.0. Display stylesheets have been adjusted to accommodate printing in Firefox 8.0.


  • Form/Genre headings. Segments of a form/genre heading (MARC field 655) are now separated by a dash surrounded by spaces ( -- ).
  • Author/Title headings. The author segment is followed by a period (.) rather than a period and dash (.--) (MARC field 600)

September 2011 release

The September 2011 release went into production on 23 September 2011.

Diacritical markings

  • Diacritical markings no longer need to be included in search terms. For example, the search "bronte" now matches against "Brontë" and the search "cote d'ivoire" matches against "Côte d'Ivoire"
  • Digraphs can now be searched as two characters. For example, the search "loeillet" matches against "Lœillet"

Help screens

Course reserves

  • Book titles that contain nonroman text display
  • Call numbers appear in the search results
  • E-resources are included
  • Duplicate copies of a title show up only once in the search results

Provenance notes

  • Provenance notes (MARC field 561) display in the detailed record view

Initial brackets in titles

  • An initial "[" character in a title (MARC field 245) displays

Location display for web resources

  • "Penn Library Web" appears in the Locations facet but is suppressed in the search results and record display

Online resource URLs

  • A URL contained in MARC field 856 subfield $u now appears as a link in the record display.

August 2011 release

The August 2011 release went into production on 8 August 2011.

Frequency of update

  • The catalog is refreshed every fifteen minutes, displaying new and corrected content. (Deleted records are retained until a full reindexing has been completed.)


  • "Specific location" facet placed below "Library" facet
  • Empty entry removed from beginning of Subject facet browse
  • Decades in the 2000s now appear as facet values under Publication Date
  • Sound recordings are excluded from the Conference/Event facet
  • Pop-up facet browse window has pull-down menu to show 50, 100, 200, or 500 entries


  • Redesigned Advanced search interface, providing a guided menu interface that automatically populates a free-text Boolean search box that can be edited manually
  • Search by call number improved
  • Results for publication date search now complete
  • Non-roman scripts can be searched using specific fields (Author, Title, etc.)
  • MARC field 773 can now be searched as a title
  • Search strings can include a colon (":")
  • For an author search, the same fields are searched in the basic search and the advanced search

Patron services

  • Report an error in the catalog
  • Request enhanced cataloging


  • Heirarchy for location display: temporary location, permanent location, holding location
  • "On order" location for Biomedical Library now displays


  • Proper display of header "Franklin: Penn Libraries Catalog"
  • "No results" message text
  • In search results "Full text" now reads "Online resource"
  • Bib ID now displays in lower righthand corner using Internet Explorer
  • Subject subdivisions are delineated by two hyphens surrounded by spaces
  • Label "Subject:" changed to "Subjects:"; "Medical subject:" to "Medical subjects:"; "Local subject:" to "Local subjects:"
  • Removed extraneous "1" after ISSN
  • Conference name now precedes Publisher in search results
  • "Occurred" mispelling corrected on error page
  • URLs in the "Online" box wrap in the Safari browser

MARC metadata display changes

  • MARC field 655 subfield $2 no longer displays
  • MARC subfield $6 in fields 130 and 245 no longer displays
  • MARC field 651 is now appearing in the full record display
  • MARC subfield $e eliminated from clickable author/creator fields
  • MARC field 710 subfield $5 suppressed from display
  • MARC subfield $4 suppressed from 1xx and 7xx fields
  • MARC field 501 displays
  • MARC field 590 displays with label "Local notes"
  • MARC field 880 metadata tags are suppressed from display
  • MARC field 245 subfield $f displays in results
  • MARC field 773 subfield $j displays in results
  • MARC field 541 suppressed
  • MARC field 524 displayed with label "Cited as:"
  • Records containing both MARC field 006 and field 007 are ingested
  • MARC field 600 subfield $d appears immediately following subfields $1, $q, and $c, without added punctuation

Initial release: April 2011

The new Franklin catalog was released in April 2011.


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