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Koha Resources

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Koha Resources

This website provides firsthand information about data migration and cleanup when migrating to Koha. Topic categories include best practices, cataloging, circulation, data migration and cleanup, development, hosted services, Koha, LibLime, LINKcat searching, migration and go-live, new features, news, reports, serials, support (upgrades, communication, and setup), training, and workflow tips.

B. W. Johnson’s “Newbie Guide” may be only a single article rather than a series of links to more detailed documentation, but it provides a very useful introductory read for library staff just beginning to familiarize themselves with Koha. It discusses how to catalog items (especially in consortia), manage accounts and budgets, work with item types and circulation codes, and enter MARC records. This guide is written in such a basic, easy-to-understand way that even librarians with no experience on an ILS at all could use it as a first step in training.

The NExpress Regional Library Catalog from the Northeast Kansas Library System has many links to tutorials and guides. These address patron training, circulation, cataloging, reports, and going live. Patron training topics include adding accounts and accessing e-books. Circulation materials introduce staff to functionalities including checking in and out, placing holds, issuing library cards, and advanced searching. Catalging materials discuss classifying items, adding items to existing bibliographic records, and staging MARC records for import into Koha. Reporting materials provide information about commonly run reports and links to relevant Koha documentation and developers’ wikis. Finally, the “going live” section provides staff training materials about such issues as offline circulation and configuring printers.

ByWater Solutions makes some staff training tutorials for Koha freely available online. A variety of short tutorial videos cover topics such as item modification, reports, tags, defaults, acquisitions, cataloging, special features, and more in Koha.

Koha community has a training page that posts updates about training opportunities and workshops. It does not include materials directly available for library use but does provide the opportunity for libraries to network and receive training from the Koha community.

This blog post from BibLibre talks about performance enhancements achieved by using Plack, a set of Perl tools, with Koha 3.10.

This ByWater Solutions website contains a list of links to testing routines for a new Koha system. Checklists are available for administration, OPAC, search, patrons, circulation, cataloging, tools, reports, acquisitions, and serials.

This TechSoup article describes migrating from Sirsi to Koha in a consortium.

This discussion board covers the topic of data migration from Excel to Koha. Various links and tutorials for MarcEdit are made available.

This website provides firsthand information about data migration and cleanup when migrating to Koha. Topic categories include best practices, cataloging, circulation, data migration and cleanup, development, hosted services, Koha, LibLime, LINKcat searching, migration and go-live, new features, news, reports, serials, support (upgrades, communication, and setup), training, and workflow tips.

This ByWater Solutions article describes one library’s experience of migration from Millennium to Koha. The NYU Health Sciences Libraries identified several areas of development for Koha, including electronic resource management, course reserves, and cataloging client enhancement. Overall the libraries were able to migrate relatively quickly because the librarians were very motivated.

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The NExpress Regional Library Catalog from the Northeast Kansas Library System has many links to tutorials and guides. These address patron training, circulation, cataloging, reports, and going live. Patron training topics include adding accounts and accessing e-books. Circulation materials introduce staff to functionalities including checking in and out, placing holds, issuing library cards, and advanced searching. Catalging materials discuss classifying items, adding items to existing bibliographic records, and staging MARC records for import into Koha. Reporting materials provide information about commonly run reports and links to relevant Koha documentation and developers’ wikis. Finally, the “going live” section provides staff training materials about such issues as offline circulation and configuring printers.

The Koha Library Software Community blog includes news about Koha as well as a demo, documentation, downloads, ways to get involved, and a newsletter.

The LibLime Koha website describes its advanced OPAC search options. Enhancement to MARC fields and sources to display information were created with the academic searcher in mind.

Open Source – Open Libraries is a blog and website representing libraries and organizations committed to OSS alternatives for libraries. The IMLS-funded project focuses on making members aware of the OSS products currently available as well as the companies available to provide support, customization, and hosting. The website includes a general Q and A and more specific details about features and training for Evergreen and Koha.

B. W. Johnson’s “Newbie Guide” may be only a single article rather than a series of links to more detailed documentation, but it provides a very useful introductory read for library staff just beginning to familiarize themselves with Koha. It discusses how to catalog items (especially in consortia), manage accounts and budgets, work with item types and circulation codes, and enter MARC records. This guide is written in such a basic, easy-to-understand way that even librarians with no experience on an ILS at all could use it as a first step in training.

The NExpress Regional Library Catalog from the Northeast Kansas Library System has many links to tutorials and guides. These address patron training, circulation, cataloging, reports, and going live. Patron training topics include adding accounts and accessing e-books. Circulation materials introduce staff to functionalities including checking in and out, placing holds, issuing library cards, and advanced searching. Catalging materials discuss classifying items, adding items to existing bibliographic records, and staging MARC records for import into Koha. Reporting materials provide information about commonly run reports and links to relevant Koha documentation and developers’ wikis. Finally, the “going live” section provides staff training materials about such issues as offline circulation and configuring printers.

ByWater Solutions makes some staff training tutorials for Koha freely available online. A variety of short tutorial videos cover topics such as item modification, reports, tags, defaults, acquisitions, cataloging, special features, and more in Koha.

Koha community has a training page that posts updates about training opportunities and workshops. It does not include materials directly available for library use but does provide the opportunity for libraries to network and receive training from the Koha community.

This is the official website for LibLime, the global leader in Koha support. It includes basic information, news, FAQs, demos, and downloads. 

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This FAQ about Evergreen's Features and Technical Infrastructure answers common technical questions. It provides information about circulation features, cataloging features, OPAC features, statistical reporting features, forthcoming acquisitions and serials features, supported metadata formats, architectural characteristics, the migration process, and system requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions about Evergreen from the Evergreen site answers common questions about this ILS, such as What is Evergreen? What is open source? How many libraries are using Evergreen? How much does it cost?

Planet Evergreen is a blog aggregator for Evergreen OSS topics. It also includes a FAQs page, information on documentation, and opportunities to contribute to the community through working groups and developing code.

The Koha Software Community provides web forums in a a variety of formats for discussion of Koha issues.

The Koha Library Software Community website provides a directory of paid support options for Koha. The vendors listed (from various countries) include LibLime, Mill Run Technology Solutions, Anant Corporation, IndServe InfoTech, CILEA, Adimena, inLibro, Libeo, Libriotech, CALYX Information Essentials, Projektlink Konsult, OSLO, KohaAloha, Nucsoft OSS Labs, Catalyst IT, Pakistan Library Automation Group, BibLibre, leals.com, Equinox, MASmedios, Busara Core Solutions, Katipo, ByWater Solutions, Sabinet, Organizadatos, Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Wurttemberg, software.coop, Tamil, XERCODE, Chipotle Software, and PTFS Europe.

This is the official Koha support wiki. It includes information about Koha, community participation, development, documentation, Koha versions, Koha and Git, Koha conferences, legal matters, and tips and tricks.

This is the website for the LibLime forum. Users can search the forum for certain topics, start a discussion on a new topic, or release a poll to be voted on.

This is the website of the member forums for Liblime Koha. Forums are available for federal government customers, state and local government customers, academic customers, and commercial customers.

LIS Links is a virtual community or forum page for Indian LIS professionals. Discussion threads address open source topics such as the Koha OSS in addition to news, jobs, events, and groups.

This is the IRC website for the Koha community. The channel is logged and searchable. Major topics include announcements, events, news, tips and tricks, and surveys.

This website describes the collaboration of ByWater Solutions and software.coop on providing Koha EDI support. EDI greatly increases the functionality of the acquisitions module by allowing a direct electronic exchange from one entity to another, making billion and the transmission of orders seamless.

This is the website for ByWater Solutions, an organization that provides service for organizations seeking to migrate to open source alternatives. The website includes basic information, demos, a blog, and contact information.

The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative website includes an attachment with migration tools for Equinox. The cooperative also includes a wiki, documentation, forums, and a glossary.

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The Koha Software Community provides web forums in a a variety of formats for discussion of Koha issues.

This is the website for the LibLime forum. Users can search the forum for certain topics, start a discussion on a new topic, or release a poll to be voted on.

This is the website of the member forums for Liblime Koha. Forums are available for federal government customers, state and local government customers, academic customers, and commercial customers.

LIS Links is a virtual community or forum page for Indian LIS professionals. Discussion threads address open source topics such as the Koha OSS in addition to news, jobs, events, and groups.

The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative website includes an attachment with migration tools for Equinox. The cooperative also includes a wiki, documentation, forums, and a glossary.

Koha Geek is a blog by a librarian at Mahatama Gandhi University Library

This blog post from BibLibre talks about performance enhancements achieved by using Plack, a set of Perl tools, with Koha 3.10.

The Koha blog aggregates its posts related to OPACs, discussing topics like buttons, comments, logins, customization, tags, grids, and searching.

The LISWire news blog describes ByWater Solutions’ hitting the one-year mark of providing open source services to libraries. The general website also provides a FAQ, mailing lists, RSS feeds, subscription options, and testimonials.

The BibLibre blog describes its partnership with ByWater Solutions. The partnership aims to help meet the demands of the rapidly growing Koha community by providing crucial support for development and migration services.

The Vimal Kumar blog compares Koha and NewGenLib. It discusses Koha's advantage of having a truly global community and a wide developer and vendor base.

The Libology blog includes information about Katipo and LibLime. The main topic covered is the expansion of LibLime.

The LibraryThing blog contains information about support options for Koha. Other recent topics include tag clouds, branded applications, enhancements, audio books, and statistics.

The JacketFlap blog aggregates posts by topic, including open source and LibLime. These posts address topics such as trademark battles and paying for services.

This LINK 2.0 Koha blog contains information about Koha and LibLime. Topics include migration, communities, conferences, and news.

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This is the official Twitter page for LibLime.

This is the Twitter page for Koha open source ILS. Topics of discussion include conferences, hosting, MARC records, tags, patron categories, workshops, bug statistics, calls for papers, user libraries, and OPAC lists.

This is the Twitter page for ByWater Solutions, the open source support vendor. Topics of discussion include conferences, notices, hosting, presentations, MARC records, support tickets, patrons, user libraries, customization, and migration preparation.