Koha Community Newsletter: December 2012

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December 2012

Volume 3, Issue 12
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Daniel Grobani, Koha Community Newsletter Editor.
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Table of Contents

Koha Development

Koha 3.10.1 Released
by Chris Cormack

The Koha release team is proud to announce the release of Koha 3.10.1.

This is the latest stable release and contains bugfixes.

Koha 3.10.1 can be downloaded here.

Installation instructions are here or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball.

Release notes are here.

Koha 3.8.8 Released
by Chris Cormack

The Koha release team is proud to announce the release of Koha 3.8.8.

This is the latest stable release and contains bugfixes.

Koha 3.8.8 can be downloaded here.

Installation instructions are here or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball.

Release notes are here.

Koha 3.6.11 Released
by Liz Rea

The Koha release team is proud to announce the release of Koha 3.08.11.

This is the latest stable release and contains bugfixes.

Koha 3.6.11 can be downloaded here.

Installation instructions are here or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball.

Release notes are here.

Koha Statistics

Chris Cormack, Koha Community statistics wizard, has posted statistics for November 2012 and all of 2012.

Release Manager’s Newsletter

Jared Camins-Esakov, Koha 3.12 Release Manager, has posted his first issue of the release manager’s monthly newsletter.

Koha Community

New Koha Libraries

Community Gossip

Heather Hernandez, librarian at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, has written a blog post about Koha serials tweaks.

Larry Baerveldt has posted an update of “The Night Before Christmas” entitled “A ByWater Christmas.”

Chris Cormack has revamped the Koha dashboard.

Support Provider News

First Ray Consulting of Pune, India, has been added to the Koha community website’s list of paid support providers.

BibLibre reports that 13 of its employees signed off on 46% of all Koha 3.10 patches.

Upcoming Koha Events

January General IRC Meeting

The January general IRC meeting will be held on 9 January 2013 at 10:00 UTC.

The agenda and other information is here.

Marseille Hackfest
by Paul Poulain

In 2011 and 2012 BibLibre organized Koha hackfests in its office. Those hackfests were a success. All BibLibre staff were very happy to work with the community, and people that came were very happy, too.

In 2012, ten french librarians were here and we split into small groups or four or five people, focusing on various technical or non-technical tasks.

We’ve decided to organize another hackfest in Marseille, 18-22 March 2013.

I already know that two staff from ByWater Solutions will be coming from the USA, so it won’t be a “European hackfest”, but a “hackfest in Europe”. I hope the Koha release manager will be able to attend, and everybody is welcome! Just contact me if you plan to join us.

Past Koha Events

December General IRC Meeting

The December general IRC meeting was held on 5 December 2012.

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

First National Portuguese Koha Meeting
by Rafael Antonio

The first national meeting of the Portuguese Koha community was held on 28 November 2012 at the Lisbon Polytechnic Institute. The meeting was a great success, with nearly 200 people attending from university, public, and other libraries from all over the country.

The Portuguese community is growing, and one of largest libraries, Lisbon University’s (Universidade T├ęcnica de Lisboa), is now replacing legacy systems with Koha. Some public libraries are also adopting Koha, indicating that in the future Koha will be the preferred ILS in Portugal.

During this meeting we announced the koha.pt site, managed by Portuguese community, which we plan to use as a platform for cooperation between all users.

For more information, contact Rafael Antonio.

New Hampshire User Group Meeting
by Diane Arrato Gavrish

The Southern New Hampshire Library Cooperative, made up of Plaistow Public Library, Sandown Public Library, and the Kimball Library in Atkinson, New Hampshire, USA, hosted an informal Koha users group meeting at the Local Government Center in Concord, NH, on 27 November.

The meeting was attended by approximately 20 librarians, trustees, and friends, who were all either currently using Koha hosting by ByWater Solutions or thinking about it within the near future. Representatives from the NH State Library also attended and gained valuable information about open source, ByWater, and Koha.

Discussions included issues and concerns with migration, training, marketing, and communication. Since the hosting libraries were combining working with ByWater and Koha with the creation of a lending cooperative, many questions were fielded about both processes. The attending group decided that other such gatherings would be very valuable; times and places will be discussed in the early part of the new year.

 

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