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Koha Community Newsletter: August 2018

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 20:09
Koha Community Newsletter
August 2018

Volume 9, Issue 8
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

Please submit news items to

Table of Contents

Development

Koha 18.05.03 Released

by Martin Renvoize
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 18.05.03.

Koha 18.05.03 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 new features, 16 enhancements, 64 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Koha 17.11.09 Released

by Fridolin Somers
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 17.11.09.

Koha 17.11.09 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancements, 26 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Community

New Koha Libraries

Koha Tips and Tricks

This is the third blog in the Koha tips and tricks series to help you make the most out of your Koha instance. In this post, Catalyst IT Koha developer Alex Buckley covers how to customize your library notices and slips; including how to add your library logo and news items to notices.

Vote for the KohaCon 2019 location now!

From Caroline Cyr La Rose, MLIS
The vote for the location of KohaCon19 is now open!

The proposals are available on the wiki: https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/KohaCon19_Proposals

The rules for voting are the following:

  • Everyone can vote
  • One vote per person
  • You must first register with your e-mail address (preferably your institutional e-mail)
  • You will receive an e-mail with the link to the survey
  • You must rank both options, with your first choice on top

To vote, go to http://kohacon19.inlibro.net

The vote is open until September 30, 2018, 23:59 UTC. The winner will be announced during the October General IRC meeting and also here on the mailing list.

On behalf of the whole community, I thank both groups for offering to host KohaCon19 and I wish them good luck!

From the koha news list

Upcoming Events

KohaCon 2018 – September 10-16

KohaCon2018 is nearly here!

KohaCon is a free event leaving more money in your pocket to enjoy the good times in beautiful Portland! But, we still need you to register. So please, use the registration button to let us know you’ll be attending. We can’t wait to see you and share in the good times!

From KohaCon2018 website

Dates: September 10-16
Register here

Check out the schedule

Koha-US September 2018 meetings

From the news list
*All koha-US meetings are open to any and all.*

*Board Meeting -*
When: Wednesday, September 5th at 10:30 am CDT (time converter
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=koha-US+September+board+meeting&iso=20180905T1030&p1=5227)
Where: https://kslib.zoom.us/j/450230564
Agenda: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eRltMbIGu51vbKzrkDxN8dkK6S6i6X2FVbCWFGilkbk/edit?usp=sharing

*Board meetings* focus on business-related matters and topics that would
otherwise slow down general meetings.

*General Meeting*
When: Monday, September 10th at 4:15 pm PDT
Where: KohaCon – Portland, Oregon, USA

Note: Our meeting will take place in-person this month at KohaCon in
Portland. The meeting is slated as the final session on Monday. All
conference attendees are encouraged to join us!

*General meetings* put an emphasis on Koha — bugs, issues, development
ideas, workflows — bring your problems and questions so we can discuss!
These meetings also include major organizational decisions and reports from
various committees.

To view minutes and recordings from previous meetings, visit
*http://koha-us.org/about-koha-us/administration/meeting-archives/*

If you have topics for discussion at either meeting, please send them to
secretary@koha-us.org

For more information about all things koha-US, don’t hesitate to contact us
officers@koha-us.org

September General IRC Meeting

The September General IRC meeting will be held the 5th at 13:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

September Developers IRC Meeting

The September Developers IRC meeting will be held the 19th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

September Documentation IRC Meeting

The Sptember Documentation IRC meeting will be held 4th at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

Past Events

August General IRC Meeting

The August General IRC meeting was held the 1st at 20:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

August Developers IRC Meeting

The August Developers IRC meeting was held the 8th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

August Documentation IRC Meeting

The August Documentation IRC meeting was held 14th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

Koha 17.11.09 release

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:41

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 17.11.09

Koha 17.11.09 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 17.11.09 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancements, 26 bugfixes.

Enhancements MARC Bibliographic data support
  • [20710] Update MARC21 frameworks to Update 26 (April 2018)
Critical bugs fixed Security
  • 21199 Patron’s attributes are displayed on GetPatronInfo’s ILSDI output regardless opac_display

This security/data confidentiality bugfix alters functionality. The GetPatronInfo request in ILSDI will now only ever return public information and not any staff only attributes.

Acquisitions
  • [20014] When adding to basket from a staged file item budgets are selected by matching on code, not id
Authentication
  • [18947] Unexpected Active Directory LDAP authentication failure mode
Cataloging
  • [14662] Allow blank values in pull downs in cataloguing forms when subfield is mandatory
Command-line Utilities
  • [20811] Fix wrong usage of ModBiblio in bulkmarcimport.pl
  • [21122] Make check-url-quick.pl handle utf8 characters in urls gracefuly
Database
  • [20773] bug 20724 follow-up – Database cleanup
Hold requests
  • [20724] ReservesNeedReturns syspref breaks “Holds awaiting pickup”
Label/patron card printing
  • [8604] Patron cards made for patrons which don’t have patron images use preceding card’s image
OPAC
  • [21018] OPAC Resource URL Broken if Tracklinks is enabled
Searching – Elasticsearch
  • [21032] Refining a search made on a specific index fail
Other bugs fixed Acquisitions
  • [20623] PDF export of a basket group fails when an item has an itemtype that is not in the itemtype table
Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [12001] GetMemberAccountRecords slows down display of patron details and checkout pages
Cataloging
  • [18822] Advanced editor – Rancor – searching broken under Elasticsearch
  • [21009] Max length of inputs on editing/adding items is broken
I18N/L10N
  • [20332] Untranslatable strings in grouped OPAC results
OPAC
  • [20090] Missing Script Statement for Novelist Select on Some Record Displays in OPAC
  • [20953] Discharge can be requested several times on OPAC
Packaging Patrons
  • [21025] Koha::Patron::Discharge is missing use C4::Letters
Searching – Elasticsearch
  • [19502] Result sets limited to 10000
Staff Client
  • [20919] A Zebra query is done for each item when opening a record detail page
System Administration
  • [14446] Resolve “Use of uninitialized value in goto” in admin/preferences.pl
Templates
  • [20698] Remove obsolete template: transfer-slip.tt
Test Suite
  • [20900] Yet another test assumes that CPL is present
  • [21023] Remove warning in t/db_dependent/Circulation/Chargelostitem.t
System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required
Documentation

The Koha manual is maintained in Sphinx. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Translations

Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  • Arabic (99.5%)
  • Armenian (100%)
  • Basque (75.4%)
  • Chinese (China) (79.8%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (99.8%)
  • Czech (93.9%)
  • Danish (65.8%)
  • English (New Zealand) (99.5%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (95.7%)
  • French (98.9%)
  • French (Canada) (92.1%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (99.5%)
  • Greek (81.8%)
  • Hindi (99.9%)
  • Italian (99.9%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (54.6%)
  • Occitan (post 1500) (72.9%)
  • Persian (54.9%)
  • Polish (97.5%)
  • Portuguese (100%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (84.5%)
  • Slovak (96.7%)
  • Spanish (99.9%)
  • Swedish (91.7%)
  • Turkish (100%)
  • Vietnamese (67.5%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 17.11.09 is

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 17.11.09:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 17.11.09.

  • Alex Arnaud (1)
  • Nick Clemens (10)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (1)
  • Marcel de Rooy (8)
  • Jonathan Druart (8)
  • Charles Farmer (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (2)
  • Bernardo González Kriegel (1)
  • Victor Grousset (2)
  • Pasi Kallinen (1)
  • David Kuhn (1)
  • Owen Leonard (1)
  • Julian Maurice (3)
  • Kyle M Hall (1)
  • Chris Nighswonger (1)
  • Liz Rea (1)
  • Martin Renvoize (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (4)
  • Mirko Tietgen (2)
  • Koha translators (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 17.11.09

  • abunchofthings.net (4)
  • ACPL (1)
  • BibLibre (10)
  • BSZ BW (2)
  • bugs.koha-community.org (8)
  • ByWater-Solutions (10)
  • bywatetsolutions.com (1)
  • Catalyst (1)
  • Foundations (1)
  • inLibro.com (1)
  • joensuu.fi (1)
  • PTFS-Europe (1)
  • Rijksmuseum (8)
  • Theke Solutions (1)
  • unidentified (1)
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • Brendan A Gallagher (1)
  • Hugo Agud (1)
  • Aleisha Amohia (1)
  • Alex Arnaud (5)
  • Nick Clemens (40)
  • Tomas Cohen Arazi (3)
  • Chris Cormack (6)
  • Marcel de Rooy (18)
  • Jonathan Druart (12)
  • Charles Farmer (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (21)
  • Victor Grousset (5)
  • Pasi Kallinen (1)
  • Pierre-Luc Lapointe (1)
  • Owen Leonard (4)
  • Josef Moravec (1)
  • Chris Nighswonger (1)
  • Séverine QUEUNE (2)
  • Martin Renvoize (44)
  • Fridolin Somers (47)
  • Christian Stelzenmüller (1)
  • Mirko Tietgen (2)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is sec_171109.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 28 ao�t 2018 13:56:55.

Koha 18.05.03 release

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:22

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 18.05.03.

Koha 18.05.03 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 18.05.03 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 new features, 16 enhancements, 64 bugfixes.

New features REST api
  • [20942] Add route to get patron’s account balance

Introduces API endpoints for dealing with patron accounts, a highly requested feature for third-party integrations.

Enhancements Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [20079] Display stack trace for development installations
  • [20509] Data consistency – authority types
  • [20661] Implement blocking errors for circulation scripts
  • [20990] Add Koha::Account::outstanding_credits
  • [21150] Data inconsistencies – item types
  • [21221] Implement blocking errors for members/memberentry.pl
Command-line Utilities
  • [20795] koha-rebuild-zebra should pass through increased verbosity
  • [21011] Data inconsistencies – items.holdingbranch | items.homebranch
Installation and upgrade (web-based installer)
  • [20683] Update German web installer for 18.05
Patrons
  • [18635] Koha::Patron->guarantees() should return results alphabetically
Searching – Elasticsearch
  • [19604] Elasticsearch Fixes for build_authorities_query for auth searching
Staff Client
  • [20647] When ILL is enabled the hover effect on the ILL requests button is wrong.
Templates
  • [20984] MARC21 subfield 300f – Type of Unit does not display
  • [21112] Re-indent staff client cart template
  • [21125] Shortcut moredetail.pl on nonexistent biblionumber
Test Suite
  • [20757] Capture a screenshot on selenium errors
Critical bugs fixed Security
  • 21199 Patron’s attributes are displayed on GetPatronInfo’s ILSDI output regardless opac_display

This security/data confidentiality bugfix alters functionality. The GetPatronInfo request in ILSDI will now only ever return public information and not any staff only attributes.

Acquisitions
  • [20014] When adding to basket from a staged file item budgets are selected by matching on code, not id
Authentication
  • [18947] Unexpected Active Directory LDAP authentication failure mode

This corrects an

Cataloging
  • [14662] Allow blank values in pull downs in cataloguing forms when subfield is mandatory
Command-line Utilities
  • [20811] Fix wrong usage of ModBiblio in bulkmarcimport.pl
  • [21122] Make check-url-quick.pl handle utf8 characters in urls gracefuly
Database
  • [20773] bug 20724 follow-up – Database cleanup
Label/patron card printing
  • [8604] Patron cards made for patrons which don’t have patron images use preceding card’s image
OPAC
  • [21018] OPAC Resource URL Broken if Tracklinks is enabled
Patrons
  • [21208] Housebound deliverer/chooser have wrong name when creating a visit
Searching – Elasticsearch
  • [21032] Refining a search made on a specific index fail
System Administration
  • [21151] SRU search fields mapping pop-up comes up empty
Web services
  • [21203] ILS-DI – GetRecords crashes on non-existent records
Other bugs fixed Acquisitions
  • [15408] Timestamp on funds not updated when you duplicate a budget
  • [21033] Remove few warns in acqui/basket.pl
  • [21048] suggest_status not behaving properly
  • [21097] Missing optgroup closing tag in orderreceive.tt
Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [20631] C4::Acounts claims to use ReturnLostItem but doesn’t
  • [20980] Manual credit offsets are stored as debits

This change may affect existing reports. Credits will no longer be recorded as ‘debits’ but rather get their own ‘Manual Credit’ type.

  • [21056] Changing the logged in library can fail sporadically
  • [21154] Remove unused subs from C4::Serials
  • [21182] acqui/check_duplicate_barcode_ajax.pl is not longer in use
  • [21238] TemplateToolkit.t is failing on slow server
Cataloging
  • [21053] Editing 008 field with a hash overwrites data
  • [21064] Advanced cataloging editor – rancor – check for changes should return ‘undefined’ instead of ‘undef’
Circulation
  • [20487] AddReturn should clear items.onloan for unissued items
  • [20660] AddReturn should use return date override for debarments
Command-line Utilities
  • [21035] runreport.pl prints only a newline when printing a row that has a field that contains an embedded newline
Developer documentation
  • [21077] Fix comment for statistics.type in installer/data/mysql/kohastructure.sql
Hold requests
  • [21075] AutoUnsuspendHolds should unsuspend holds <= today
  • [21076] Javascript error on article requests page
I18N/L10N
  • [19500] Make module names on letters overview page translatable
Label/patron card printing
  • [6647] Label item search should use standard pagination routine
OPAC
  • [16575] Irregular behaviour using window.print() followed by window.location.href=
  • [19291] Make breadcrumbs for OPAC search history consistent with other patron account pages
  • [21094] Syndetics: always use https instead of http
Patrons
  • [7996] Patron modification log requires parameters permission
  • [20806] Item type in holds history table should be written as description, not code
  • [21041] “Merge patrons” button remains disabled with “Select all” option
REST api
  • [21031] Apache Rewrite rules don’t work for API when using anything but Debian package Plack configuration
Searching
  • [19390] OPAC view link in staff results should open in a new tab
Searching – Elasticsearch
  • [20273] Elasticsearch: Auth-finder.pl autocomplete must use search_auth_compat
Staff Client
  • [17625] 245f and 245g are not displayed in XSLT
  • [20504] Language attribute in html tag is empty in system preference editor
System Administration
  • [21131] Changing and restoring a WYSIWYG preference can result in unexpected behaviour
  • [21144] ROADTYPE missing from authorised value categories list
Templates
  • [19511] Local cover images not centered in table column in staff client search results
  • [20828] Step 4 of moremember is used for Housebound and additional attributes
  • [20974] Remove files left behind after removing Solr
  • [21038] Reserves should be holds
  • [21099] Floating toolbars reposition too late
  • [21139] The floating toolbars have some issues
  • [21145] The “Column visibility” button should not be displayed at the OPAC
  • [21148] Dropdowns styled by the Select2 plugin do not highlight missing required fields
  • [21164] Fix alignment on new basket form in acquisitions
  • [21185] Incorrect title tag on tags review page
  • [21243] Regression: SRU mapping popup for bibliographic records is unstyled
Test Suite
  • [21134] Wrong error handling in Koha/Patron/Modification.pm hides a bug
  • [21188] t/db_dependent/Circulation/issue.t is failing
  • [21213] Circulation.t needs diagnostics
  • [21230] Reserves.t is failing randomly
Tools
  • [21141] Batch item modification tool throws error 500 when an itemnumber is invalid
  • [21142] Batch item/record modification/deletion tools does not open uploaded files in utf-8
Web services
  • [21226] Remove use of retired OCLC xISBN service

OCLC has now discontinued support for the xisbn service. One can continue to use the functionality that this service provided to Koha by switching on the ThingISBN preferences as an alternative.

System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required
Documentation

The Koha manual is maintained in Sphinx. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Translations

Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  • Arabic (100%)
  • Armenian (99.9%)
  • Basque (73.4%)
  • Chinese (China) (77.8%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (100%)
  • Czech (93.3%)
  • Danish (64.3%)
  • English (New Zealand) (96.8%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (92.9%)
  • French (99.9%)
  • French (Canada) (93%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (99.7%)
  • Greek (80.6%)
  • Hindi (99.9%)
  • Italian (98.1%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (65.8%)
  • Occitan (post 1500) (71.1%)
  • Persian (53.5%)
  • Polish (94.9%)
  • Portuguese (99.9%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (82.9%)
  • Slovak (95.2%)
  • Spanish (99.7%)
  • Swedish (94.9%)
  • Turkish (99.8%)
  • Vietnamese (65.8%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 18.05.03 is

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 18.05.03:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 18.05.03.

  • Alex Arnaud (2)
  • David Bourgault (2)
  • Nick Clemens (21)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (18)
  • David Cook (3)
  • Marcel de Rooy (8)
  • Jonathan Druart (40)
  • Katrin Fischer (14)
  • Andrew Isherwood (1)
  • Owen Leonard (14)
  • Kyle M Hall (2)
  • Josef Moravec (5)
  • Joy Nelson (2)
  • Chris Nighswonger (1)
  • Liz Rea (1)
  • Martin Renvoize (8)
  • Koha translators (1)
  • Baptiste Wojtkowski (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 18.05.03

  • ACPL (14)
  • BibLibre (3)
  • BSZ BW (14)
  • bugs.koha-community.org (40)
  • ByWater-Solutions (25)
  • Catalyst (1)
  • Foundations (1)
  • Prosentient Systems (3)
  • PTFS-Europe (17)
  • Rijksmuseum (8)
  • Theke Solutions (18)
  • unidentified (7)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • DEVINIM (1)
  • Brendan A Gallagher (1)
  • Nick Clemens (130)
  • Tomas Cohen Arazi (16)
  • Chris Cormack (3)
  • Marcel de Rooy (17)
  • John Doe (1)
  • Jonathan Druart (30)
  • Charles Farmer (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (47)
  • Claire Gravely (2)
  • Victor Grousset (2)
  • Dilan Johnpullé (1)
  • Pierre-Luc Lapointe (6)
  • Nicolas Legrand (2)
  • Owen Leonard (18)
  • Ere Maijala (1)
  • Julian Maurice (2)
  • Kyle M Hall (22)
  • Josef Moravec (27)
  • Joy Nelson (1)
  • Chris Nighswonger (1)
  • Séverine QUEUNE (3)
  • Martin Renvoize (158)
  • Lisette Scheer (1)
  • Maryse Simard (9)
  • Christian Stelzenmüller (1)
  • Mirko Tietgen (1)
  • Mark Tompsett (3)
  • Marc Véron (2)
  • Cab Vinton (2)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 18.05.x.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 24 Aug 2018 14:31:47.

Koha Community Newsletter: July 2018

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 23:39
Koha Community Newsletter
July 2018

Volume 9, Issue 7
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

Please submit news items to

Table of Contents

Development

Koha 18.05.02 Released

by Martin Renvoize
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 18.05.02.

This is a maintenance release and contains many bugfixes, updates to the
shipped marc frameworks to fall in line with the latest recommendations
and some minor architectural enhancements to aid ongoing maintanence
and translation.

This is my second release as the 18.05.XX release maintainer. Thank you
very much to everyone involved in this release.

Koha 18.05.02 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 7 enhancements, 57 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Koha 17.11.08 Released

by Fridolin Somers
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 17.11.08.

Koha 17.11.08 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 3 enhancements, 41 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Community

New Koha Libraries

Koha Tips and Tricks

Vimal Kumar shows you how to install the latest version of MariaDB with Koha.
Follow along with Vimal Kumar as he guides you through creating a Super Librarian user account using the command line.
Alex Buckley explains how you can use parameters in SQL reports as well as how to merge bibliographic records in this article.

Upcoming Events

September General IRC Meeting

The September General IRC meeting will be held the 5th at 13:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

August Developers IRC Meeting

The August Developers IRC meeting will be held the 8th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

August Documentation IRC Meeting

The August Documentation IRC meeting will be held 14th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

Past Events

French Koha Symposium in Paris

by Sonia Bouis
The French Koha Symposium in Paris was held the 25th through the 26th of June. There were around 70 people attending. As usual, there was lots of feedback from libraries who had gone live with Koha during the last year. We focused on the choice of the BULAC (University Library for Languages and Civilizations Studies) to go live with a 18.05 Koha version with Elastic Search. They explained how the search was really relevant to their collection (mainly oriental languages) and their staff was so impatient to give up zebra. We also focused on the new EU regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation, and what it’s going to change for libraries and how Koha is prepared to it. There were also several presentations on Koha modules and a lot of exchange during coffee and lunch. More information in french is here.

July General IRC Meeting

The July General IRC meeting was held the 11th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

July Developers IRC Meeting

The July Developers IRC meeting was held the 11th at 15:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

July Documentation IRC Meeting

The July Documentation IRC meeting was held 13th at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

Koha 17.11.08 release

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:33

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 17.11.08

Koha 17.11.08 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 17.11.08 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 3 enhancements, 41 bugfixes.

Enhancements I18N/L10N
  • [20709] Update GERMAN MARC frameworks to Updates 23-26 (Nov 2016, May and Apr 2018)
MARC Bibliographic data support
  • [19835] Update MARC frameworks to Updates 23+24+25 (Nov 2016, May and Dec 2017)
OPAC
  • [20876] The form_serialized_itype cookie is not used and should be removed
Critical bugs fixed Acquisitions
  • [20972] If ISBN has 10 numbers only the first 9 numbers are used
  • [20979] Error message when deleting bib attached to order
Authentication
  • [20879] Shibboleth in combination with LDAP as an alternative no longer works
Installation and upgrade (web-based installer)
  • [20745] indexing/searching not active at end of installation
Packaging
  • [20693] Plack fails, because ‘libcgi-emulate-psgi-perl’ package is not installed
Patrons
  • [20903] Print payment receipt on child patron could end with server error
  • [20951] Koha::Patron::Discharge is missing use Koha::Patron::Debarments
SIP2
  • [21020] Return branch not set for transfer when using SIP
Self checkout
  • [21054] Extra closing body tag in sco-main.tt prevents slip printing
Staff Client
  • [20998] Non superlibrarians cannot search for patrons using the quicksearch at the top
System Administration
  • [20216] Editing itemtypes does not pull existing values correctly
Templates
  • [20977] Javascript vars used in confirm_deletion in catalog.js do not match strings in catalog-strings.inc
Test Suite
  • [20906] Fix Debian 9 Test Failures
Tools
  • [20084] Patron card creator: layouts Industrial2of5 and COOP2of5 broken with error “Invalid Characters”
Web services
  • [21046] ILSDI – AuthenticatePatron returns a wrong borrowernumber if cardnumber is empty
Other bugs fixed Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [20702] Bind results of GetHostItemsInfo to the EasyAnalyticalRecords pref
Circulation
  • [20793] Don’t show holds link in result list when staff user doesn’t have place_holds permission
  • [20794] Don’t show holds tab when user doesn’t have circulate_remaining_permissions
  • [21019] [17.11] Borrower address not shown on reserve pop-up on returns.pl
Command-line Utilities
  • [20893] batchRebuildItemsTables.pl has incorrect parameter
I18N/L10N
  • [21029] “Suspend until” in modal in staff patron account is not translatable
Lists
  • [17886] Don’t show option to add to existing list if there are no lists in staff
MARC Bibliographic data support
  • [20700] Update MARC21 leader/007/008 codes
OPAC
  • [17869] Don’t show pick-up library for list of holds in OPAC account when there is only one branch
  • [18856] Cancel Waiting Hold in OPAC does not give useful message
  • [19849] Rebase of bug 16621 partially reverted bug 12509
  • [20507] Shelf browser does not update image sources when paging
Packaging
  • [20920] Plack timeout because of missing CGI::Compile Perl dependency
Patrons
  • [20008] Restrictions added from memberentry.pl have expiration date ignored if TimeFormat is 12hr
  • [20991] Error will reset category when editing a patron
Reports
  • [16653] reports/cat_issues_top.pl does not export “Count of checkouts” column as CSV
  • [20945] Report params not escaped when downloading
Searching
  • [19873] Make it possible to search on value 0
Searching – Elasticsearch
  • [17373] Elasticsearch – Authority mappings for UNIMARC
Searching – Zebra
  • [20697] Remove some Host-Item-Number noise from zebra-output.log when EasyAnalyticalRecords is not used
Serials
  • [7136] Correct description of Grace period for subscriptions
Staff Client
  • [18521] Renew and search hotkeys are swapped on returns page.
Templates
  • [20559] Occurrences of loading-small.gif still exist
  • [20881] Order receiving: Price filter missing on_editing
  • [20999] Remove invalid ‘style=”block”‘ from OPAC templates
Test Suite
  • [20175] Set a correct default value for club_enrollments.date_created
System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required
Documentation

The Koha manual is maintained in Sphinx. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Translations

Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  • Arabic (99.5%)
  • Armenian (100%)
  • Basque (75.5%)
  • Chinese (China) (79.8%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (99.9%)
  • Czech (93.9%)
  • Danish (65.8%)
  • English (New Zealand) (99.5%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (95.7%)
  • French (98.4%)
  • French (Canada) (92.1%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (99.5%)
  • Greek (81%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (99.9%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (54.6%)
  • Occitan (post 1500) (72.9%)
  • Persian (54.9%)
  • Polish (97.6%)
  • Portuguese (100%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (84.5%)
  • Slovak (96.7%)
  • Spanish (99.9%)
  • Swedish (91.8%)
  • Turkish (100%)
  • Vietnamese (67.5%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 17.11.08 is
– Release Manager: Jonathan Druart
– Release Manager assistant: Nick Clemens

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 17.11.08:

  • ByWater Solutions
  • Gothenburg University Library

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 17.11.08.

  • xljoha (1)
  • Alex Arnaud (4)
  • Alex Buckley (1)
  • Colin Campbell (1)
  • Jérôme Charaoui (1)
  • Nick Clemens (5)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (1)
  • Marcel de Rooy (3)
  • Jonathan Druart (12)
  • Katrin Fischer (6)
  • Bernardo González Kriegel (4)
  • Caitlin Goodger (1)
  • Victor Grousset (3)
  • Pasi Kallinen (1)
  • Owen Leonard (6)
  • Julian Maurice (2)
  • Kyle M Hall (3)
  • Josef Moravec (1)
  • Martin Renvoize (4)
  • Fridolin Somers (3)
  • Mirko Tietgen (3)
  • Koha translators (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 17.11.08

  • abunchofthings.net (6)
  • ACPL (6)
  • BibLibre (12)
  • BSZ BW (6)
  • bugs.koha-community.org (12)
  • ByWater-Solutions (5)
  • bywatetsolutions.com (3)
  • Catalyst (1)
  • cmaisonneuve.qc.ca (1)
  • Göteborgs universitet (1)
  • joensuu.fi (1)
  • PTFS-Europe (5)
  • Rijksmuseum (3)
  • Theke Solutions (1)
  • unidentified (1)
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (4)
  • wegc.school.nz (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • Colin Campbell (1)
  • Nick Clemens (51)
  • Tomas Cohen Arazi (9)
  • Chris Cormack (1)
  • Roch D’Amour (1)
  • Marcel de Rooy (12)
  • Jonathan Druart (25)
  • Charles Farmer (2)
  • Katrin Fischer (25)
  • Brendan Gallagher (2)
  • Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel (2)
  • Amit Gupta (1)
  • Pasi Kallinen (1)
  • Pierre-Luc Lapointe (2)
  • Nicolas Legrand (2)
  • Owen Leonard (6)
  • Julian Maurice (8)
  • Kyle M Hall (3)
  • Josef Moravec (9)
  • Martin Renvoize (52)
  • Maryse Simard (3)
  • Fridolin Somers (63)
  • Mirko Tietgen (4)
  • Mark Tompsett (3)
  • Cab Vinton (1)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 17.11.x.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 26 juil. 2018 08:24:57.

Koha 18.05.02 release

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 17:11

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 18.05.02.

This is a maintenance release and contains many bugfixes, updates to the
shipped marc frameworks to fall in line with the latest recommendations
and some minor architectural enhancements to aid ongoing maintanence
and translation.

This is my second release as the 18.05.XX release maintainer. Thank you
very much to everyone involved in this release.

Koha 18.05.02 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 18.05.02 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 7 enhancements, 57 bugfixes.

Enhancements Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [20456] Remove the C4::Serials::GetSubscriptionsFromBorrower
I18N/L10N
  • [20709] Update GERMAN MARC frameworks to Updates 23-26 (Nov 2016, May and Apr 2018)
MARC Bibliographic data support
  • [19835] Update MARC frameworks to Updates 23+24+25 (Nov 2016, May and Dec 2017)
  • [20710] Update MARC21 frameworks to Update 26 (April 2018)
OPAC
  • [20876] The form_serialized_itype cookie is not used and should be removed
Patrons
  • [20867] Ability to show membership renewal date on moremember.pl page
Templates Critical bugs fixed Acquisitions
  • [20972] If ISBN has 10 numbers only the first 9 numbers are used
  • [20979] Error message when deleting bib attached to order
Authentication
  • [20879] Shibboleth in combination with LDAP as an alternative no longer works
Cataloging
  • [20928] Checkout status not showing patron
Circulation
  • [20934] Biblio checkout history shows only current checkout
Fines and fees
  • [20946] Cannot pay fines for patrons with credits
Patrons
  • [13655] Can’t save organisation type patron without entering userid/password
  • [20903] Print payment receipt on child patron could end with server error
  • [20951] Koha::Patron::Discharge is missing use Koha::Patron::Debarments
SIP2
  • [21020] Return branch not set for transfer when using SIP
Self checkout
  • [21054] Extra closing body tag in sco-main.tt prevents slip printing
Staff Client
  • [20998] Non superlibrarians cannot search for patrons using the quicksearch at the top
Templates
  • [20977] Javascript vars used in confirm_deletion in catalog.js do not match strings in catalog-strings.inc
Test Suite
  • [20906] Fix Debian 9 Test Failures
Tools
  • [20084] Patron card creator: layouts Industrial2of5 and COOP2of5 broken with error “Invalid Characters”
Web services
  • [21046] ILSDI – AuthenticatePatron returns a wrong borrowernumber if cardnumber is empty
Other bugs fixed Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [20702] Bind results of GetHostItemsInfo to the EasyAnalyticalRecords pref
  • [21008] pay.pl and paycollect.pl raise warning
  • [21022] Exceptions should skip stringifying if message manually passed
Cataloging
  • [15360] Incorrect or mislabeled behavior on Authorities “New from Z39.50” Button
  • [18822] Advanced editor – Rancor – searching broken under Elasticsearch
  • [21009] Max length of inputs on editing/adding items is broken
Circulation
  • [20793] Don’t show holds link in result list when staff user doesn’t have place_holds permission
  • [20794] Don’t show holds tab when user doesn’t have circulate_remaining_permissions
Command-line Utilities
  • [20893] batchRebuildItemsTables.pl has incorrect parameter
I18N/L10N
  • [20332] Untranslatable strings in grouped OPAC results
  • [21029] “Suspend until” in modal in staff patron account is not translatable
Label/patron card printing
  • [6647] Label item search should use standard pagination routine
Lists
  • [17886] Don’t show option to add to existing list if there are no lists in staff
OPAC
  • [17869] Don’t show pick-up library for list of holds in OPAC account when there is only one branch
  • [19849] Rebase of bug 16621 partially reverted bug 12509
  • [20090] Missing Script Statement for Novelist Select on Some Record Displays in OPAC
  • [20507] Shelf browser does not update image sources when paging
  • [20953] Discharge can be requested several times on OPAC
Packaging
  • [18250] koha-common should start after memcached
  • [20920] Plack timeout because of missing CGI::Compile Perl dependency
  • [20949] Koha depends on Clone
Patrons
  • [20991] Error will reset category when editing a patron
  • [21025] Koha::Patron::Discharge is missing use C4::Letters
Reports
  • [16653] reports/cat_issues_top.pl does not export “Count of checkouts” column as CSV
  • [20945] Report params not escaped when downloading
Searching
  • [20864] Only set bibs_selected cookie when BrowseResultSelection is activated
Searching – Elasticsearch
  • [19502] Result sets limited to 10000
Searching – Zebra
  • [20697] Remove some Host-Item-Number noise from zebra-output.log when EasyAnalyticalRecords is not used
Serials
  • [7136] Correct description of Grace period for subscriptions
Staff Client
  • [18521] Renew and search hotkeys are swapped on returns page.
  • [20919] A Zebra query is done for each item when opening a record detail page
System Administration
  • [14446] Resolve “Use of uninitialized value in goto” in admin/preferences.pl
Templates
  • [20559] Occurrences of loading-small.gif still exist
  • [20698] Remove obsolete template: transfer-slip.tt
  • [20805] Update child to adult patron process broken on several patron-related pages
  • [20814] Display issue with ‘Saved reports’ tabs when memcached is off
  • [20881] Order receiving: Price filter missing on_editing
  • [20931] JS error “ReferenceError: $ is not defined” when CircSidebar is turned on
  • [20999] Remove invalid ‘style=”block”‘ from OPAC templates
Test Suite
  • [20900] Yet another test assumes that CPL is present
  • [21023] Remove warning in t/db_dependent/Circulation/Chargelostitem.t
System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required
Documentation

The Koha manual is maintained in Sphinx. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Translations

Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  • Arabic (100%)
  • Armenian (99.9%)
  • Basque (73.5%)
  • Chinese (China) (77.9%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (100%)
  • Czech (92.6%)
  • Danish (64.4%)
  • English (New Zealand) (96.8%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (93%)
  • French (100%)
  • French (Canada) (89.6%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (99.8%)
  • Greek (79.9%)
  • Hindi (99.9%)
  • Italian (98.2%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (65.8%)
  • Occitan (post 1500) (71.2%)
  • Persian (53.5%)
  • Polish (94.9%)
  • Portuguese (100%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (83%)
  • Slovak (95.3%)
  • Spanish (99.8%)
  • Swedish (95%)
  • Turkish (99.9%)
  • Vietnamese (65.9%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 18.05.02 is

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 18.05.02:

  • Gothenburg University Library

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 18.05.02.

  • xljoha (1)
  • Alex Arnaud (1)
  • Alex Buckley (1)
  • Colin Campbell (1)
  • Jérôme Charaoui (1)
  • Nick Clemens (11)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (8)
  • Marcel de Rooy (8)
  • Jonathan Druart (14)
  • Charles Farmer (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (9)
  • Bernardo González Kriegel (4)
  • Caitlin Goodger (1)
  • Victor Grousset (3)
  • Amit Gupta (1)
  • Pasi Kallinen (2)
  • David Kuhn (1)
  • Owen Leonard (15)
  • Julian Maurice (4)
  • Kyle M Hall (3)
  • Josef Moravec (3)
  • Martin Renvoize (7)
  • Fridolin Somers (2)
  • Mirko Tietgen (3)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 18.05.02

  • abunchofthings.net (3)
  • ACPL (15)
  • BibLibre (10)
  • BSZ BW (9)
  • bugs.koha-community.org (14)
  • ByWater-Solutions (13)
  • bywatetsolutions.com (1)
  • Catalyst (1)
  • cmaisonneuve.qc.ca (1)
  • Göteborgs universitet (1)
  • informaticsglobal.com (1)
  • inLibro.com (1)
  • joensuu.fi (2)
  • PTFS-Europe (8)
  • Rijksmuseum (8)
  • Theke Solutions (8)
  • unidentified (4)
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (4)
  • wegc.school.nz (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • Hugo Agud (1)
  • Aleisha Amohia (1)
  • Alex Arnaud (5)
  • Colin Campbell (1)
  • Nick Clemens (109)
  • Tomas Cohen Arazi (10)
  • Chris Cormack (6)
  • Marcel de Rooy (19)
  • Jonathan Druart (19)
  • Charles Farmer (5)
  • Katrin Fischer (50)
  • Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel (2)
  • Amit Gupta (1)
  • Pasi Kallinen (2)
  • Pierre-Luc Lapointe (3)
  • Owen Leonard (5)
  • Julian Maurice (3)
  • Kyle M Hall (4)
  • Josef Moravec (17)
  • Séverine QUEUNE (4)
  • Martin Renvoize (114)
  • Maryse Simard (7)
  • Mirko Tietgen (6)
  • Mark Tompsett (3)
  • Cab Vinton (1)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 18.05.x.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 20 Jul 2018 14:56:19.

Koha Community Newsletter: June 2018

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:32
Koha Community Newsletter
June 2018

Volume 9, Issue 6
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

Please submit news items to

Table of Contents

Development

Koha 18.05.01 Released

by Martin Renvoize
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 18.05.01.

Koha 18.05.01 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 42 bugfixes.

This is my first release as maintainer of the 18.05.x series and I would
like to thank all those involved, both in writing code and for walking me
through the release process this first time.

Read the full release notes

Koha 17.11.07 Released

by Fridolin Somers
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 17.11.07.

Koha 17.11.07 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancements, 28 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Koha 17.05.13 Released

by Fridolin Somers
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 17.05.13.

Koha 17.05.13 is a maintenance release with only critical bugfixes. It includes 4 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Community

Community Gossip

From the Koha Development Newslist.
Read this post from the dev newslist to see how to propose a location for KohaCon 19.

Koha Tips and Tricks

Vimal Kumar shows you how to enable Memcached in Koha.

Support Provider News

From the Koha Development Newslist.
BibLibre and Orex have announced a partnership to provide open source solutions to libraries in Spain.

Upcoming Events

July General IRC Meeting

The July General IRC meeting will be held the 11th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

July Developers IRC Meeting

The July Developers IRC meeting will be held the 11th at 15:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

July Documentation IRC Meeting

The July Documentation IRC meeting will be held 13th at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

Past Events

June General IRC Meeting

The June General IRC meeting was held May 2nd at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

June Developers IRC Meeting

The June Developers IRC meeting was held May 9th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

June Documentation IRC Meeting

The June Documentation IRC meeting was held May 9th at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

Koha 17.05.13 release

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 04:44

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 17.05.13

Koha 17.05.13 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 17.05.13 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 4 bugfixes.

Critical bugs fixed Acquisitions
  • [20827] Can’t add owner to a fund
  • [20861] Correct EDI permissions on some pages
Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [18821] TrackLastPatronActivity is a performance killer
  • [20922] Koha::Number::Price must not be used in updatedatabase.pl
System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required
Documentation

The Koha manual is maintained in Sphinx. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Translations

Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  • Arabic (99.2%)
  • Armenian (100%)
  • Basque (78.7%)
  • Chinese (China) (83.3%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (99.8%)
  • Czech (94.6%)
  • Danish (68.8%)
  • English (New Zealand) (90.6%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (99.7%)
  • French (96.2%)
  • French (Canada) (94.5%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (99.8%)
  • Greek (80.5%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (100%)
  • Korean (50.2%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (57.4%)
  • Occitan (post 1500) (76.3%)
  • Persian (57.4%)
  • Polish (100%)
  • Portuguese (100%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (84.3%)
  • Slovak (89.7%)
  • Spanish (100%)
  • Swedish (95.6%)
  • Turkish (100%)
  • Vietnamese (70.6%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 17.05.13 is

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 17.05.13:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 17.05.13.

  • Marcel de Rooy (1)
  • Jonathan Druart (2)
  • Katrin Fischer (1)
  • Kyle M Hall (2)
  • Fridolin Somers (1)
  • Koha translators (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 17.05.13

  • BibLibre (2)
  • BSZ BW (1)
  • bugs.koha-community.org (2)
  • ByWater-Solutions (2)
  • Rijksmuseum (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • Blou (1)
  • Nick Clemens (6)
  • Marcel de Rooy (3)
  • Jonathan Druart (1)
  • Charles Farmer (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (1)
  • Kyle M Hall (1)
  • Martin Renvoize (7)
  • Fridolin Somers (13)
  • Mark Tompsett (2)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 17.05.x.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 26 juin 2018 08:09:37.

Koha 17.11.07 release

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 10:23

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 17.11.07

Koha 17.11.07 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 17.11.07 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancements, 28 bugfixes.

Enhancements Circulation
  • [20343] Show number of checkouts by itemtype in circulation.pl
Critical bugs fixed Acquisitions
  • [20798] Client side validation for for fund selection prevents adding only some records to a basket
  • [20827] Can’t add owner to a fund
  • [20861] Correct EDI permissions on some pages
Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [18821] TrackLastPatronActivity is a performance killer
  • [20922] Koha::Number::Price must not be used in updatedatabase.pl
OPAC
  • [20763] AllowPurchaseSuggestionBranchChoice triggers error opac-suggestions.pl is visited without logging in
Staff Client
  • [20652] Sort after item type search fails
Other bugs fixed Acquisitions
  • [20892] Wrong basketgroup link in histsearch.pl
Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [20696] Remove a few ugly “eq undef” comparisons
  • [20767] “The method is not covered by tests!” should give more information
  • [20851] Missing module in circ/article-request-slip.pl
  • [20911] Search history page forms use ‘GET’ and this limits the number of entries that can be submitted
Cataloging
  • [19970] Revise change of bug 19413 to work better for translations
  • [20760] Advanced Cataloging Editor – Rancor – AuthorisedValues are incorrectly fetched
  • [20829] ‘Link to host item’ gives internal server error
Circulation
  • [17561] ReserveSlip needs itemnumber for item level holds on same biblio
  • [20546] Shelving location not displayed on checkin
Fines and fees
  • [20285] Lost item refund won’t always pay down lost item fee first
Hold requests
  • [19972] Holds to pull should honor syspref “item-level_itypes”
Notices
  • [20685] Modify letter template does not render correctly
Packaging
  • [17111] Automatic debian/control updates (oldstable/17.11.x)
Patrons
  • [3886] Can’t print receipt w/out allowing “Add or modify borrowers” permission
Searching
  • [18799] XSLTresultsdisplay hides the icons
  • [20722] Searching only for an ITEMTYPECAT itemtype is impossible
Staff Client
  • [20781] 0 months is not a valid enrollment period and causes errors
Templates
  • [20752] Files tab in patron account is not properly capitalized
  • [20791] Correct capitalization on ‘Notices and slips’ page
Test Suite
  • [20191] OAI/Server.t still fails on slow servers
System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required
Documentation

The Koha manual is maintained in Sphinx. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Translations

Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  • Arabic (99.6%)
  • Armenian (99.9%)
  • Basque (75.5%)
  • Chinese (China) (79.8%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (99.9%)
  • Czech (93.9%)
  • Danish (65.8%)
  • English (New Zealand) (99.6%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (95.8%)
  • French (98.4%)
  • French (Canada) (92.2%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (99.6%)
  • Greek (80.8%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (99.9%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (54.6%)
  • Occitan (post 1500) (72.9%)
  • Persian (54.9%)
  • Polish (97.6%)
  • Portuguese (99.9%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (84.6%)
  • Slovak (96.8%)
  • Spanish (99.9%)
  • Swedish (91.8%)
  • Turkish (99.9%)
  • Vietnamese (67.5%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 17.11.07 is

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 17.11.07:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 17.11.07.

  • Nightly Build Bot (1)
  • Nick Clemens (3)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (2)
  • Marcel de Rooy (3)
  • Jonathan Druart (10)
  • Magnus Enger (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (4)
  • Victor Grousset (1)
  • Owen Leonard (2)
  • Julian Maurice (2)
  • Kyle M Hall (8)
  • Benjamin Rokseth (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (2)
  • Mark Tompsett (1)
  • Koha translators (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 17.11.07

  • abunchofthings.net (1)
  • ACPL (2)
  • BibLibre (5)
  • BSZ BW (4)
  • bugs.koha-community.org (10)
  • ByWater-Solutions (5)
  • bywatetsolutions.com (6)
  • deichman.no (1)
  • Libriotech (1)
  • Rijksmuseum (3)
  • Theke Solutions (2)
  • unidentified (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • Blou (1)
  • claude (1)
  • Barton Chittenden (1)
  • Nick Clemens (29)
  • Tomas Cohen Arazi (3)
  • Chris Cormack (2)
  • Marcel de Rooy (10)
  • Jonathan Druart (23)
  • Charles Farmer (2)
  • Katrin Fischer (9)
  • Brendan Gallagher (1)
  • Lucie Gay (1)
  • Victor Grousset (1)
  • Amit Gupta (1)
  • Pierre-Luc Lapointe (2)
  • Owen Leonard (4)
  • Jesse Maseto (1)
  • Julian Maurice (2)
  • Kyle M Hall (5)
  • Martin Renvoize (29)
  • Maksim Sen (1)
  • Maryse Simard (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (39)
  • Mirko Tietgen (1)
  • Mark Tompsett (5)
  • Ed Veal (1)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 17.11.x.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 25 juin 2018 12:23:25.

Koha 18.05.01 release

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:48
RELEASE NOTES FOR KOHA 18.05.01

22 Jun 2018

Koha is the first free and open source software library automation
package (ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types
and sizes, volunteers, and support companies from around the world. The
website for the Koha project is:

Koha 18.05.01 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 18.05.01 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 42 bugfixes.

Critical bugs fixed Acquisitions
  • [20798] Client side validation for for fund selection prevents adding only some records to a basket
  • [20827] Can’t add owner to a fund
  • [20861] Correct EDI permissions on some pages
Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [18821] TrackLastPatronActivity is a performance killer
  • [20918] left-side navigation broken on the checkout history page
  • [20922] Koha::Number::Price must not be used in updatedatabase.pl
Cataloging
  • [20761] Advanced Cataloging Editor – Rancor – Some js files are not fetched using Asset
Circulation
  • [20825] Cannot checkout if item types at biblio level
  • [20889] Items marked as not for loan can be checked out
Fines and fees
  • [20840] Internal Server Error when clicking on “Details” button
Hold requests
  • [20822] Can’t find HOLD_SLIP template when printing
OPAC
  • [20763] AllowPurchaseSuggestionBranchChoice triggers error opac-suggestions.pl is visited without logging in
  • [20832] Opac user page crash when there is an overdue fine and not any rental charge for a patron
  • [20875] OpacAddMastheadLibraryPulldown displays an empty list
Patrons
  • [20981] Organization name missing from patron search results
Searching
  • [20838] Search by group of libraries is broken
Staff Client
  • [20652] Sort after item type search fails
  • [20899] Patron name not showing on issuehistory.pl
Other bugs fixed About
  • [20818] Missing QA manager entry in 18.05 release notes
Acquisitions
  • [20892] Wrong basketgroup link in histsearch.pl
Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • [20696] Remove a few ugly “eq undef” comparisons
  • [20767] “The method is not covered by tests!” should give more information
  • [20851] Missing module in circ/article-request-slip.pl
  • [20886] Koha::Object::TO_JSON indiscriminately casting to integer
  • [20911] Search history page forms use ‘GET’ and this limits the number of entries that can be submitted
Cataloging
  • [19970] Revise change of bug 19413 to work better for translations
  • [20760] Advanced Cataloging Editor – Rancor – AuthorisedValues are incorrectly fetched
  • [20829] ‘Link to host item’ gives internal server error
Circulation
  • [17561] ReserveSlip needs itemnumber for item level holds on same biblio
  • [20120] Prevent writeoffs of more than the amount owed for a fee
Fines and fees
  • [20285] Lost item refund won’t always pay down lost item fee first
MARC Bibliographic data support
  • [20700] Update MARC21 leader/007/008 codes
OPAC
  • [20053] Drop type attribute “text/javascript” for <script> elements used in OPAC templates

Prevents warnings about type attribute being generated for <script> elements when testing the OPAC pages using W3C Validator for HTML5.

  • [20756] OPAC “Share list” button should be styled with an icon
Patrons
  • [3886] Can’t print receipt w/out allowing “Add or modify borrowers” permission
Serials
  • [20778] Unable to delete a subscription
Staff Client
  • [20781] 0 months is not a valid enrollment period and causes errors
Templates
  • [20752] Files tab in patron account is not properly capitalized
  • [20774] Trivial HTML error in itemslost.tt
  • [20791] Correct capitalization on ‘Notices and slips’ page
  • [20831] (Bug 9573 follow-up) Pass id as first parameter instead of selector
Test Suite
  • [20866] ArticleRequests.t fails on existing requests
System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required
Documentation

The Koha manual is maintained in DocBook. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Translations

Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  • Arabic (98%)
  • Armenian (99.9%)
  • Basque (73.6%)
  • Chinese (China) (77.9%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (100%)
  • Czech (92.2%)
  • Danish (64.4%)
  • English (New Zealand) (96.9%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (93%)
  • French (100%)
  • French (Canada) (89.6%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (99.9%)
  • Greek (79.7%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (98.2%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (65.7%)
  • Occitan (post 1500) (71.2%)
  • Persian (53.6%)
  • Polish (95.1%)
  • Portuguese (99.9%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (82.1%)
  • Slovak (95.3%)
  • Spanish (99.9%)
  • Swedish (95.1%)
  • Turkish (99.9%)
  • Vietnamese (65.9%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 18.05.01 is

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 18.05.01:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 18.05.01.

  • Nick Clemens (6)
  • Marcel de Rooy (4)
  • Jonathan Druart (26)
  • Katrin Fischer (4)
  • Bernardo González Kriegel (1)
  • Owen Leonard (5)
  • Kyle M Hall (10)
  • Josef Moravec (2)
  • Martin Renvoize (2)
  • Benjamin Rokseth (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (1)
  • Koha translators (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 18.05.01

  • ACPL (5)
  • BibLibre (2)
  • BSZ BW (4)
  • bugs.koha-community.org (26)
  • ByWater-Solutions (8)
  • bywatetsolutions.com (8)
  • deichman.no (1)
  • PTFS-Europe (2)
  • Rijksmuseum (4)
  • unidentified (2)
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha.

  • Blou (1)
  • Nick Clemens (60)
  • Tomas Cohen Arazi (4)
  • Chris Cormack (5)
  • Marcel de Rooy (20)
  • Jonathan Druart (17)
  • Charles Farmer (2)
  • Katrin Fischer (16)
  • Brendan Gallagher (1)
  • Amit Gupta (1)
  • Andrew Isherwood (2)
  • Jon Knight (1)
  • Pierre-Luc Lapointe (2)
  • Owen Leonard (6)
  • Julian Maurice (1)
  • Kyle M Hall (7)
  • Josef Moravec (2)
  • Séverine QUEUNE (3)
  • Martin Renvoize (66)
  • Maksim Sen (1)
  • Maryse Simard (2)
  • Mark Tompsett (5)
  • Ed Veal (1)
  • George Williams (1)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 18.05.x.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
t racker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 22 Jun 2018 09:34:17.

Koha Community Newsletter: May 2018

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 22:18
Koha Community Newsletter
May 2018

Volume 9, Issue 5
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

Please submit news items to

Table of Contents

Development

Koha 18.05 Released

by Jonathan Druart
It is with great pleasure that the Koha community announces the release of Koha 18.05, a major release of the Koha open source integrated library system.

Koha 18.05.00 is a major release, that comes with many new features.

It includes 12 new features, 257 enhancements, 360 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes here: https://koha-community.org/koha-18-05-released/

If you do not usually read the release notes, you should at least read the new “Important notes” section at the top.

The Debian packages for this new version will be available soon. Stay tuned!

They are supposed to work out-of-the-box on: * Debian Jessie (8) * Debian Stretch (9) * Ubuntu Xenial (16.04 LTS) And should work without too much trouble under Ubuntu Bionic (18.04 LTC), check the install wiki page for more information.

Koha 17.11.05 Released

by Nick Clemens
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 17.11.06. This is a maintenance release and contains many bugfixes and enhancements.

This is my sixth and last release as the 17.11.x release maintainer, good luck to Frido in continuing. Thank you very much to everyone who helped along the way.

Koha 17.11.06 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 4 enhancements, 35 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Koha 17.05.12 Released

by Fridolin Somers
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 17.05.12.

Koha 17.05.12 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancement, 22 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Community

Community Gossip

Excellent article from Galen Charlton on being wrong, wrong, wrong.

New Koha Libraries

Koha Tips and Tricks

by Alex Buckley, Koha Junior Developer at Catalyst IT
Koha is a Library Management System used worldwide by approximately 15,000 libraries. The Koha team at Catalyst are passionate about using Koha and helping libraries (big and small!) get the most out of their Koha LMS.

On 22nd March Whanganui Libraries hosted the 2018 New Zealand Koha User Group day. This event took full advantage of the wealth of Koha knowledge brought together in one room, by running sessions ranging from Q & A to U.X./design enhancement and bug fixing to consortium history sessions. In the first instalment of our ‘Koha Tips & Tricks’ series, here are a few questions that came up and the learnings over the user group day.

1. How do I add or modify text and styling on the Koha OPAC main page?

The OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) is the publicly accessible interface of Koha. If you want to have a very swish looking OPAC, you may wish to have a designer/programmer set this up for you, but you could try some parts out for yourself too. As well as being styleable, the OPAC main page can have custom content added to it which is something someone with a basic knowledge of HTML code can do, here’s how:

System preferences are configurable settings that control how Koha works, if you don’t know the code you need you could take a look at this list of code examples to pick a change you would like to see. The below diagram illustrates which system preferences edit each region of the OPAC main page.

Sign in to your Koha intranet

Go to Administration->Global system preferences->OPAC

Scroll down to find your chosen system preference or you can search for the system preference in the search box at the top of the page.

Put your HTML code (found from a website as above if you don’t know it) into the system preference to add content to its OPAC region.

Save your changes.

For a more detailed explanation of each system preference go to the OPAC Configuration section of the Koha manual.

2. How do I get a new language added to the OPAC and staff client of my Koha (eg Te reo Māori)

Once you have had a developer install the language package to your Koha instance, you will need to follow a few steps to turn it on:

  1. Go to Administration, click ‘System preferences’
  2. Click the I18N/L10N tab on the left hand side, down a bit in the list
  3. Look for the preference OPACLanguages and tick the box next to Te reo Māori. Do the same for the language preference.
  4. Look for the preference opaclanguagesdisplay, and set this to Allow.

Your users should now be able to switch between English and Māori on both the OPAC and staff client. The switcher button will turn up at the very bottom of the page as highlighted below.

3. How can library staff and patrons who don’t know how to code still contribute to the Koha project?

Knowing your work is included in a worldwide project being used by thousands of libraries is a very motivating and exciting prospect. A good way for engaging library patrons is for them to contribute to the Koha translation project, where they can translate English content on Koha pages to whichever language they are experts in. Once translated text is submitted to the project, it will be pushed upstream and integrated into Koha, so libraries that update to new versions will show your personal work in their live Koha system!

Here’s how:

1. Log in to Koha Translation Project

  • http://translate.koha-community.org/ sign up as a new user
  • check your email and click on the link sent to you to verify your new account
  • You are now a member of the Koha Translation Project and should now see a screen similar to the one shown below:

2. Select a Koha version or manual link (highlighted)

3. Select which non-english language link you want to translate to, for example Turkish.

4. A list of files with completion progress bars is displayed. Hover over the progress bars to learn what percentage complete they are and select a file to translate which is less than 100% complete, i.e. the green colour is not spanning the whole progress bar.

5. Scroll down and click on the ‘Continue translation’ link (highlighted in the below screenshot)

6. Translate the English text after the final hash # symbol.

This means translate the text including the code tag (which in the below screenshot is
) to your selected language, which in this case is Turkish. Please note in the below screenshot highlighted in yellow the English text to be translated. Write the Turkish translation in the input box.

7. Select the ‘Submit’ button

You have now submitted a translation to the Koha translation project!

4. I’ve heard people talking about a ‘carousel’ what is it and what can it do?

A carousel is a very cool moving display that slides side-to-side, showing the cover images of your library’s newly added catalogue items. Here is an example from Rangitikei Libraries, you can have a play on the live version here.

A carousel is something that you will need to have a developer install and configure for you, but you will be able to make the following decisions about the functioning and look of your carousel as these settings are configurable:

  • -Number of cover images displayed
  • -Speed of the carousel automatic slideshow
  • -Whether you want arrows on the left and right of the carousel so that users can skip through the carousel faster than the automatic speed
  • -Size of the cover images in the carousel
  • -Whether you want the carousel to play automatically
  • -How often the carousel updates with the newly added items.

Learn more about Koha at Catalyst

Upcoming Events

June General IRC Meeting

The June General IRC meeting will be held May 2nd at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

June Developers IRC Meeting

The June Developers IRC meeting will be held May 9th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

June Documentation IRC Meeting

The June Documentation IRC meeting will be held May 9th at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

Past Events

Poetry: My Favorite Tools

by Fred King
Fred King, Medical Librarian at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and koha-US Member-at-Large presented Koha Rap during a session on “My Favorite Tools” at the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting on Sunday, 20 May 2018, in Atlanta Georgia. The full text can be found at:
http://www.philobiblios.net/poetry/koha_rap.html
As with Koha itself, users are encouraged to download, use, and modify the text for their own silly purposes. Introverts like the author will find performing this work to be especially enervating.

One Month Advance Level Training of Koha & DSpace

by Sher Afzal

Introduction:

The Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) organized one month extensive workshop for the IT and other officer of National Assemblies Staff. The training workshop on Koha & DSpace was started from April 02 to 06, 2018 at PIPS Islamabad. There were 45 sessions in totality and each session lasted for 60 minutes. This was the 1st ever comprehensive workshop on Koha & DSpace in Pakistan. Mr. Sher Afzal Khan lead trainer of Open Source was the key resource person of the one month long Koha & DSpace training.

Miss Irum Deputy Director training and coordinator of the workshop delivered the welcome address highlighting the objectives of this workshop. The Executive Director PIPS Mr Zafrullah Khan highlighted in the inaugural address emphasized the need to organize such IT training activities for professional development of IT and librarians working in different department in Assemblies. He further highlighted that organizing such like comprehensive hands on training workshop for the IT and Library professional will improve the status of adopting new technologies in all type of organizations.

The workshop was attended by IT and library professionals working in different sections of parliamentary affairs departments. Different modules of the training were briefly discussed. The training was start from the basic modules of Linux, Installations of Koha, DSpace.

The LIBSOL Package, were introduce to the participants which contain a complete library solutions Koha and DSpace Latest and updated version. The others modules were comprehensively discussed and hands on training sessions were given to all the participants. The Complete Knowledge on MARC 21, OAI-PMH, Dublin Core Metadata, Different modules of was discussed with practical demonstration. Basics of DSpace software were demonstrated and explained as to how this software could be applied for building of databases and creation of digital repositories. The Resource Person Mr Sher Afzal explains that software development and computer technology are shifting and developing at an incredibly rapid pace. The library automations and digitation has become a bare necessity for all kind of libraries. Koha has the distinction of being the first open source integrated library management system, which includes all the main functions related to library management. It is web-based open source software distributed under the general public license. Koha supports windows as well as Linux platform. The first version of it was released in year 2000. The ‘KOHA Development Team’ offers to host the website for KOHA library system on its server. KOHA also has the capacity to manage digital libraries and online and offline electronic resources. KOHA is web-based Integrated Library Management System (ILS), with a SQL database (My SQL preferred) backend with cataloguing data stored in MARC and accessible via Z39.50. The user interface is very configurable and adaptable and has been translated into many languages.

He further explains that DSpace is an open source software package that provides the tools for management of digital assets, and is commonly used as the basis for an institutional repository. It supports a wide variety of data, including books, theses, and 3D digital scans of objects, photographs, film, video, research data sets and other forms of content. The data is arranged as community collections of items, which bundle bit streams together. D-Space is also intended as a platform for digital preservation activities.

D-Space was released by HP-MIT Alliance in 2002 and since its release is very popular open source software. It has been installed and successfully working extensively and widely in universities, higher education colleges, cultural organizations, and research centers etc. It is shared under a Berkeley Software Distribution license, which enables users to customize or extend the software as needed.

Scope of the Training:

This one month long advance level training workshop address the issues being facing by the IT and Library Professionals in various Government organization especially National Assemblies during day to day library operations. The hands on training provide a platform to implement both the software in their libraries.

Rationale:

Open Source Software is an effective way to automate library operations without undertaking substantial financial investment. Libraries are taking up Open Source Software as a way to reduce the costs of expensive commercial products and as a viable alternative to the often expensive proprietary library automation systems. “The benefits of Open Source Software can potentially reduce costs; give users more control and increase software performance” (Courant and Griffiths, 2006). Librarians need to understand open source license for promotion the use of Open Source Software. This is the only way to face the challenges posed by commercial software in the market. It will also increase the autonomy and control of the professional over software solutions. In conclusion, the advent of open source library software has ushered in a revolution in the field of library and information resources management, and has become popular choice for most library and information professionals.

Objectives of Workshop:

This long workshop was planning to provide the best source of implantations of Koha and DSpace Software in all Parliamentary Assemblies Libraries of Pakistan and to make the Union Catalogue of all Parliamentary libraries. The key objectives were:

  1. To develop a strategy of advance feature of Koha and DSpace for the IT professionals.
  2. To introduce the LINUX operating system to the IT and library professionals.
  3. To acquaint the participants with the installation of Koha & DSpace.
  4. Provides tremendous freedom for customization of all modules of LMS including Acquisition, Cataloguing, Circulation, OPAC, Membership Management, System, Administration, Serial Control, etc are available
  5. Help participants to develop necessary skills in installation, server and client configuration, system parameter setting, MARC 21 cataloguing and DMA (Digital Media Archiving) management.
  6. Ability to cope up with any number of Branches, Patrons, Patron Categories, Item Categories, Currencies and other data.
Training Outcomes:

After successful completion of this training the participants will be able to:

  1. This training will enable IT and LIS professional to implement Koha and DSpace in their respective libraries.
  2. Train the trainees in the use of Koha and DSpace Digital Library (GSDL) Software.
  3. Deploy / Install Koha & DSpace on your own computer /server Learn basic commands of Linux which may be helpful to use and customize Koha and other FOSS software more effectively Configure / customize Koha and DSpace according to your needs Learn the advanced features of Koha, GSDL and DSpace.
    Content of the Training Programme “Koha”
  • Module 1 – Introduction to Information and Communication Technologies
  • Module 2 – Introduction to Library Automation
  • Module 2 – Digital Libraries and Open Access
  • Module 4 – Introductions to Linux with Important Commands
  • Module 5 – Introduction to LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl)
  • Module 6 – Koha Architecture, Staff Client, User Interface, Core Code, Templates and Design, Intranet
  • Module 7 – Koha Installation, Configurations, <koha Upgradition, Customizations, Live DVDs of FullStack Solation “LIBSOL Complete Library Solation’s.
  • Module 8 – Installations on Server, downloading the DVD, Deployment on Server. PC and Laptop etc.
  • Module 9 – Setting Global System Preferences Module
  • Module 10 – Koha Basic Operating Parameters Module
  • Module 11 – Patron and Circulation Parameters Module
  • Module 12 – Catalog Parameters Module
  • Module 13 – Acquisition parameters Module
  • Module 14 – Koha Circulation module
  • Module 15 – Koha Serials Module
  • Module 16 – Koha Tools Module
  • Module 17 – Koha Reports Module
  • Module 18 – OPAC Module
  • Module19 – Staff Client
  • Module 20 – Backups/ Through command and Manual , Koha Support, Data migrations to Koha , Import data to koha, export data from koha , Cron Jobs
  • Module 21 – Digitization of Parliamentary Libraries- ideas and Technologies , Parliamentary research and library services Challenges, Parliamentary Library Clients/Users, Useful Research databases, websites etc., taking the next steps for Parliamentary Libraries:
    • New technology for parliamentary library
    • Digitization, Automations and ICT
    • 21st Century Preliminary library services
    Content of the Training Programme DSpace Modules
  • Module 1 – An introduction to DSpace
  • Module 2 – What can DSpace be used for
  • Module 3 – What does DSpace look like
  • Module 4 – Customizing the Dspae item submission
  • Module 5 – Overview of import and export functionally
  • Module 6 – Introductions to community
  • Module 7 – How to create Dspace User
  • Module 8 – Important command of DSpace
  • Module 9 – Backup and Restorations of Dspace
  • Module 10 – Data management and entry of different type of items
  • Module 11 – Instructions to Data Management
  • Module 12 – DSpace Administrator introductions
  • Module 13 – E User Management
  • Module 14 – Introductions to different file and entry

About the Trainer:

Mr Sher Afzal Khan is a key resource person for Koha and DSpace in Pakistan and organized 86 workshops in Pakistan. He is also the approved trainer of Higher Education Commission Pakistan on Open Source Software and pioneer country Ambassador for Pakistan. He successfully implanted Koha and DSpace in 43 plus organization/Universities within Pakistan. He is also running the official blogs and Facebook page and provides free assistance and gaudiness to koha and DSpace users in Pakistan as well as globally. He also participate activity in kohacon 16 and kohacon 17 conference as speaker and represent Pakistan. He also organized Pakistan Open Sauce Summit in which a large number of people participated. Free and Open Source Software is his area of expertise/research. He is also the founder of LIBSOL (Complete Library Solution) packages which is available free of cost for everyone. The LIBSOL can be found at the following link:
http://blog.fullstack.com.pk/latest-version-of-koha-dspace-live-dvd-libsol-version-3-2-1-pakistan/

The link of his blogs and other voluntary Facebook page are as follows:

  1. The Link of Official Blogs of Koha and Dspace Pakistan
    http://blog.fullstack.com.pk/
  2. The link of Facebook page for Koha and Dspace Pakistan
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/965873873493081/
  3. https://www.facebook.com/sher.a.yousafzai
  4. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sher-afzal-13647248/
  5. http://opensourcesummit.pk/

May General IRC Meeting

The May general IRC meeting was held on the 2nd at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

May Development IRC Meeting

The May development IRC meeting was held May 9th at 14:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.

May Documentation IRC meeting

The May documentation IRC meeting was held May 9th at 21:00 UTC.

The agenda, links to the minutes, and other information is here.