Koha Community Newsletter: December 2016

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December 2016

Volume 7, Issue 12
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

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Koha 16.11.01 Released

by Katrin Fischer
The Koha Community is proud to announce the release of Koha 16.11.01

Koha 16.11.01 can be downloaded here

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 16.11.01 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 34 bugfixes.

read the full release notes

Koha 16.05.06 Released

by Mason James
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 16.05.06.

Koha 16.05.06 can be downloaded from here

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 16.5.6 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 4 enhancements, 58 bugfixes.


Patches Needing Attention

From message thread Important patches waiting for love

Needs signoff:
Bug 17766 – Patron notification does not work with multi item holds
Bug 16914 – Export csv in item search, exports all items in one line

Needs QA:
Bug 16951 – Item search sorting not working properly for most columns
Bug 17743 – Item search: indexes build on MARC do not work in item’s search

Needs a patch:
Bug 17775 – Add new user with LDAP not works under Plack
Bug 17754 – MARCXML upload in Intranet is broken (encoding)

What’s on in koha-devel #8

by Jonathan Druart
[ from Koha mailing list ]

Koha 16.11 and its Debian packages have now been released [1].

As Mirko noted Debian Wheezy is no longer supported and Debian packages won’t be provided for 3.22 [2].

I should also added that some important bugs have been reported recently and it may be better to wait for the 16.11.1 version to be released before upgrading [3, 4, 5].
Note that if you database password contain Unicode characters, you should also wait for bug 17720 (CSRF token is not generated correctly).

= Refactoring =
== Move to the Koha namespace ==
We keep on moving the C4::Members module code to the Koha namespace and a few subroutine of C4::Circulation are going to be moved as well [6].

== Remove the biblioitems.marcxml field ==
I have been asking for help on bug 17196 ( Move marcxml out of the biblioitems table ) for months now and this will certainly be my last attempt to get attention on it. As we are at the beginning of the release we should focus on it to get it pushed soon. That way we will have time to catch and fix bugs if we find some.

== Rewrite of the upload feature =
A month ago Marcel started to refactor the upload section [7]. This is the groundwork to start improvements in this area. Once this is pushed we will be able to add new features, so please test!

= Template Toolkit syntax for notices =
Kyle started a discussion some months ago [8] to switch from our home-made syntax for notices to the Template Toolkit syntax. That would bring us a lot of flexibility to write the notices. But to do so, we need a plan! We already started to support this syntax (inside 16.11) but then we have to decide what to do next. Currently the plan would be to replace the default syntax (bug 15278), then reveal in the editor that you can use this new syntax (bug 15277) and finally add documentation to help people writing/porting their own notices (bug 15276). We need to get opinions to know how we could move forward. Kyle is going to start a new topic on the Koha mailing list for that. Stay tuned!

= Standardize our EXPORT =
A bit more technically, I would need developer’s attention on bug 17600 (Standardize the EXPORT). At the end of the last release, very bad bugs appeared at the last minute because of our circular dependencies and the way we export subroutines from routines. Everything is (quickly) explained on that bug and a patchset has been submitted for discussion. If you are aware of how we could fix that cleanly, please jump into the discussion.

The next general IRC meeting is on December 7th, 14 UTC.

The next dev IRC meeting is on December 14th, 13 UTC.

Hope to see your there!


[1] https://koha-community.org/koha-16-11-released-2
[2] http://lists.koha-community.org/pipermail/koha-devel/2016-November/043330.html
[3] Bug 17676 – Default COLLATE for marc_subfield_structure is not set
[4] Bug 17344 – Can’t set guarantor in quick add brief form
[5] Bug 17709 – Article request broken
[6] Bug 17677 – Move C4::Circulation code to the Koha namespace
[7] Bug 17501 – Koha Objects for uploaded files
[8] http://lists.koha-community.org/pipermail/koha-devel/2016-February/042316.html


New Koha Libraries

How To

Jesse Zairo posted a video on setting up the Koha Self Checkout Module.
Vimal Kumar demonstrates how to import MARC records into Koha using the graphical interface.
Let Viaml Kumar show you how to customize email notices.

Upcoming Events

Hackfest in Marseille 2017

[ announced on koha dev mailing list ]
by Paul Poulain

In 2017, the hackfest in Marseille is back to March. 20th-24th to be precise.

Feel free to join us ! (registration not yet open)

2nd National Koha Conclave – India

by Amit Gupta
The countdown for 2nd National Koha Conclave has started.

Informatics is pleased to announce the dates for National Koha Conclave-2017, a two day event on Koha and Indian Libraries. The event this year is organized in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services, Pune on 21st and 22nd February 2017, in the Hinjewadi campus of TCS at Pune. This year again, we will have Mr. Chris Cormack (New Zealand), the original developer of Koha, as our Key Resource Person. Chris will also be presenting an advance level half-a-day workshop on Koha during this two day event. The event will witness several eminent speakers from the Indian Library landscape and Koha experts through plenaries, panel discussions, case studies and future development needs and opportunities on Koha. The event will be attended by existing and prospective users of Koha.

The highlights of the event are:

  • Keynote on Library Services Platform
  • Koha, the Road Ahead: A global view from Chris Cormack
  • Development/Customization challenges
  • Wish List by Participating Koha Users – Review Discussion
  • Successful Koha implementations – Case Studies
  • Advance Workshop on Koha (150 minutes)
  • Panel Debate – Integration of Discovery Layer – ILS and ERMS
  • Award for best implementation of Koha
  • Launch of new products based on Koha

Please mark your calendar and block your dates for this event – 2nd National Koha Conclave 2017 – and register yourself for the event.

Kohacon 2017 Update: Final Dates

Final date for KohaCon17 will be on June 19-23, 2017 at Ayala Museum, Makati City.

To register:
KohaCon 2017 online registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/BSZz8NT46u4pBqT23.

January Development IRC Meeting

The January development IRC meeting will be held on the 11th at 20:00 UTC.

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

Past Events

December General IRC Meeting

The December general IRC meeting was held on the 7th at 14:00 UTC.

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

December Development IRC Meeting

The December development IRC meeting was held on the 14th at 13:00 UTC.

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


Editor, Koha Community Newsletter