Koha Community Newsletter: April 2015

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April 2015

Volume 6, Issue 4
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

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Table of Contents

Development

Koha 3.18.5.1 Released

by Chris Cormack
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 http://koha-community.org/ and Koha 3.18.6 can be installed via packages, or downloaded from: http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.18.06.tar.gz.

Installation instructions can be found at http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Installation_Documentation or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball.

Koha 3.18.6 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 2 enhancements and 65 bugfixes.

Please check out http://koha-community.org/koha-3-18-6-released/ for the complete release notes.

Koha 3.16.10 Released

by Mason James
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 http://koha-community.org and Koha 3.16.10 can be installed via packages, or downloaded from: http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.16.10.tar.gz.

Installation instructions can be found at http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Installation_Documentation or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball.

Koha 3.16.10 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancements and 12 bugfixes.

You can read the full release notes at http://koha-community.org/koha-3-14-14-released/.

Koha 3.14.15 Released

by Fridolin Somers
Koha 3.14.15 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Koha 3.14.15 can be downloaded from: http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.14.15.tar.gz

Installation instructions can be found at http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Installation_Documentation or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Community

New Koha Libraries

Community Gossip

Todd Goatley writes about the recent conference for the Special Libraries Association in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Chris Cormack advises not to use CPAN on Debian or Ubuntu for the installation of perl modules. Use the package manager instead.

How To

Ed Veal shows you how to hide the new Auto-Renew feature in koha 3.18.

Spencer Smith discusses Evidence Based Collection Management in Koha.

Kyle Hall shares some jQuery with you for Fancifying Electronic Resources in your Koha catalog.

Amy Kearns tells you how to reset the default receipt printer in Firefox.


Support Provider News

ByWater Solutions and EBSCO are offering a free webinar, Enabling Interoperability between EBSCO Discovery and Koha.

Brendan Gallagher and Nathan Carulla of ByWater Solutions interviewed for an article in the Library Journal.

Upcoming Events

May General IRC meeting

The May general IRC meeting will be held on the 6th at 10:00 UTC.

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

June General IRC meeting

The June general IRC meeting will be held on the 10th at 20:00 UTC.

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

Koha Symposium 2015 in France

Koha Symposium in France

Dates:
15th and 16th of June 2015
Location:
Médiathèque Madame de Sévigné – Ille-et-Vilaine, France

Details and registration information can be found at http://koha-fr.org/content/symposium-2015.

Koha Seminar in Finland 2015

Dates:
22nd and 23rd of May 2015
Location:
Joensuu, Finland

Paul Poulain of BibLibre is the keynote speaker. You can read more about the presentation in the
BibLibre April Newsletter. Subscribe to their blog at http://eepurl.com/Z6a9v

Details and registration information can be found at http://vaarakirjastot.fi/koha-seminar-finland.

KohaCon 2015

Registration is now open!

They are also accepting presentation proposals – so Submit your talk!

Location:International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) lbadan, Nigeria
Dates: October 19 – 21

For more information, please see http://kohacon15.projektlinkkonsult.com/ .

Koha North American User Group Conference 2015

Dates: August 5-8, 2015
Location: Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.mercyhurst.edu/academics/library/2015-koha-north-american-users-group-conference

Registration is NOW open!!! See the above website for details.

Now accepting presentation proposals. From the announcement:

The Koha North American User Group Conference planning committee is seeking session proposals for the 2015 meeting on August 4-7, in Erie, PA. The committee invites proposals that: attract Koha end users such as librarians, technical services and support staff in libraries; offer work arounds for known system issues and bugs; highlight technological advances impacting Koha development; deliver work-flow best practices and innovative approaches to using Koha; utilize other open-source software within Koha; provide tips and tools for cataloging, serials management, accounts clean-up, patron uploads, record maintenance, and other system functions.

Submit session topics here.

Past Events

Training in Bangladesh

by Md. Mamun-Or-Rashid
East West University organized two 10-day courses on “Establishment, Administration and Maintenance of an Integrated Digital Library System” from 11-24 February and 23 March-06 April, 2015 at East West University at the request of Bank and Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance. 41 (forty one) officials (Library & IT) from 23 Government and Autonomous Bank and Financial Institutions of Bangladesh participated at the courses. EWU Library team served as the resource person in the training courses. The training covered Digital Library Overview, Library Management Software: Koha, Greenstone Digital Library Software and MARC21 Cataloguing. The participants developed their knowledge and practical skills on Establishment, Administration and Maintenance of Digital Library Software in the training course.

Closing Ceremony of the training courses held at East West University on 06 April 2015 at 4:30 pm. Dr. Mohammed Farashuddin, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Founder Vice Chancellor, East West University and Former Governor, Bangladesh Bank graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Dr. M Aslam Alam, Secretary, Bank and Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance attended as Special Guests at the Closing Ceremony of the training courses. Professor Ahmed Shafee, Vice Chancellor, East West University chaired the Program. The guests distributed certificates among the participants of the training courses at the program. Dr. Dilara Begum coordinated the training courses as well as the closing program.

group photo in closing session

April General IRC Meeting

The April general IRC meeting was held on the 8th at 19:00 UTC.

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

April Development IRC Meeting

The April development IRC meeting was held on the 15th at 15 and 22 UTC.

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

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