Koha Community Newsletter: April 2021

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Volume 12, Issue 4
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Michael Kuhn

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Table of contents


Current Koha versions

Read the respective release notes by clicking the revision number.

Date Revision Notes
26 April 2021 Koha 20.11.05 stable
26 April 2021 Koha 20.05.11 oldstable
26 April 2021 Koha 19.11.17 oldoldstable

The Debian packages are usually available within days after the release.

New Koha revisions

On 26 April 2021 Fridolin Somers announced the release of Koha 20.11.05. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 8 enhancements and 61 bugfixes.

On 26 April 2021 Andrew Fuerste-Henry announced the release of Koha 20.05.11. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 1 enhancement and 49 bugfixes.

On 26 April Victor Grousset announced the release of Koha 19.11.17. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 2 bugfixes.


Notes, gossip and announcements

New Koha libraries

United Kingdom

Koha tips and tricks

Support provider news


Upcoming events

Equinox EDU Spotlight

Equinox is starting a new series called the “Equinox EDU Spotlight”. It is a free and open webinar series. The upcoming first one on 19 May 2021 is on the Koha housebound module. Registration is here.

koha-US 2021 Conference

on 15 April koha-US announced that their 2021 conference will be held in
McKinney (TX) from 21 to 24 September (Tuesday to Friday) 2021. They plan a hybrid conference with both in-person and online attendance and participation options.

They are currently seeking proposals for presentations, both in-person and online presenters are welcome. For those participating online, they will be considering both live and pre-recorded presentations.

Their theme this year is “Fresh perspectives”. All are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences – no topic is off limits. Submit your proposals here – the deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, 21 May 2021.

For more details see https://koha-us.org/conference2021/

Webinar on digital library software

On 23 April Mohan Raj Pradhan announced that Vufind Software is conducting a webinar on digital library software with focus on Koha ILS, Dspace, Vufind, WordPress and Subjectsplus from 26 to 29 May 2021. The participation is free of cost and will be enrolled first come first serve.

Upcoming meetings

For all upcoming IRC meetings see Next IRC meetings or the Koha Community calendar.

For any other Koha-related meeting just see the Koha Community calendar.

Past events

Past meetings

For all past IRC meetings see the following links or the Koha Community calendar.

For any other Koha-related meeting just see the Koha Community calendar.

French virtual hackathon

by Sonia Bouis

Between the 31st of March and the 2nd of April, the French association KohaLa, organized a virtual hackathon.

There were around 15 people and we were divided in three groups: translation, UNIMARC integration and relationships between Koha and the national bibliographic system for academic libraries.

Despite it was only online, it was a great moment. A lot of translation was made and a lot of questions were raised to understand the process of translation of Koha and the manual. We worked to integrate new UNIMARC IFLA fields in Zebra and Elasticsearch indexes: one patch have been signed and two have been completed and are now waiting to be signed.

The third group has described a lot of functional needs in order to create a plugin that will be able to deal with the web services of the national bibliographic agency. The purpose is to permit automatic checking on bibliographic and authorities data in Koha.

Beyond the work achieved during these three days, it brought back motivation to every one and we plan to see each other more often.