Hot on the heels of yesterday's changes (arguably fixes) for issa, we have today's new feature to trumpet: Force Holds.
issa can now be configured to do force holds on copies sent from outside your Evergreen system to fill your patron's ILL requests. This is done simply by assigning the COPY_HOLDS_FORCE permission to the group you created for your issa circulator. If you're setting up a new issa installation from scratch, then setup.pl will ask you if you want to use this feature. Answering Y (or anything beginning with a letter y) will assign the permission and thus turn the feature on. Answering N (or anything beginning with a letter n) will not assign the permission and thus not turn the feature on.
Turning this feature on has the intended effect of setting the holdable flag to false on all new copies created by the issa software. This will prevent staff at your member libraries from placing holds on these copies. issa will then issue force holds on these copies for your patrons, thus getting around the holdable is false on its own copies.
We've had a few cases of staff (and even a patron or two!) placing holds on issa's copies when they weren't supposed to. This new feature is intended to prevent that and save us a little cleanup and headache in the future.