Koha Community Newsletter: January 2014

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January 2014

Volume 5, Issue 1
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg and Joanne Dillon, Koha Community Newsletter Editors.

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Table of Contents

Development

Koha 3.14.2 Released

by Fridolin Somers

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 3.14.2.

This is a maintenance release and contains some enhancements and several bugfixes.
As always you can download the release from Koha Downloads.

See the full release notes and changelog here.

Koha 3.12.9 Released

by Tomas Cohen Arazi

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 3.12.9.

This is a maintenance release and contains security fixes, enhancements and several bugfixes.

As always you can download the release from Koha Downloads.

See the full release notes and changelog here.

Koha 3.8.21 Released

by Kyle Hall

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 3.8.21

This is a maintenance release and contains security fixes, enhancements and several bugfixes.

IMPORTANT: we encourage people on the 3.8 version to upgrade to this release.

As always you can download the release from Koha Downloads.

See the full release notes and changelog here.

Community

New Koha Libraries

Oslo Public Library is the first public library in Norway to Choose Koha. From the Oslo Public Library website: “The library serves the county of Oslo and is Norway´s largest public library.” Read their blog announcement for more information!

Other new Koha libraries:

Community Gossip

Chris Cormack goes over the stats at the fourth annual Catalyst Open Source Academy. 8 students worked on Koha. See how well they did at Chris’ blog post.

Joy Nelson discusses a common question regarding usernames and passwords in Koha 3.12.

Vimal Kumar shows you how fines can be run manually in Koha should the need arise.

Planning for the first annual North American Koha Users Group meeting has commenced! Vote for your preferred location if you’re interested in attending.

Support Provider News

Strategic alliance announced between BibLibre and AFI. More details in the press release.

Todd Goatley joins ByWater Solutions as Sales Representative.

Upcoming Events

February General IRC Meeting

The February general IRC meeting will be held on February 5th 2014 at 02:00 UTC.

The agenda and other information are here.

Koha Hackfest in Marseille, 2014

BibLibre has scheduled a Koha Hackfest for March 10 – 14 2014 in Marseilles France.

Past Events

Testing patches with colleagues : a very positive experience….

by Sonia Bouis

Friday, January the tenth, we planned a day to test and validate Koha patches at the university Lyon3, Lyon- France. We were 9 librarians from different universities and ‘grandes écoles’. During this day, 17 patches have been tested: 11 “Signed off” – 4 “Failed QA “– 2 “don’t apply”. A week after, among the 11 patches signed off, 3 are “Failed QA”, 2 are still “Signed off” , 5 are “passed QA” and 1 is already in the master !

And simple to organize ….
Organizing this kind of day is quite simple to handle and it’s a good way to contribute to the improvement of koha. Jonathan Druart, developer at Biblibre, provide valuable help: he checked up and rebased patches we had chosen ahead of this day. He followed us during the day, remotely, for any questions we may have. After that, the people involved in the test met together with 9 computers and used sandboxes.

No need to be a developer to act for the enrichment of Koha. Librarians can easily plan other tests and validation days like that. A developer’s help to check and rebase the patch can be very useful, but I have no doubt that Koha developers will be happy to check and rebase their bugs because they must be signed-off before being pushed into Koha.

We will renew this experience and I hope that several institutions will do so !

January General IRC Meeting

The January general IRC meeting was held on January 8th 2014.

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

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2 comments on “Koha Community Newsletter: January 2014
  1. Asgeir Rekkavik says:

    It is not quite correct that Oslo public library is the first library in Norway to choose Koha. We are the first public library, but a number of special libraries already use it.

  2. croseburg says:

    @Asgeir ~ Thanks for catching that! I’ve updated the post with the correction.