Koha Community Newsletter: February 2018

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Please read Jonathan Druart‘s latest post, What’s on in koha-devel #17, for a more comprehensive overview of the world of Koha development. Below are some development highlights:

Koha 17.11.03 Released

by Nick Clemens
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 17.11.03.

Koha 17.11.03 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancements, 42 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Koha 17.05.09 Released

by Fridolin Somers
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 17.05.09

Koha 17.05.09 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 2 enhancements, 38 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Koha 16.11.16 Released

by Chris Cormack
The Koha community are proud to announce the release of Koha 16.11.16

This a maintenance release of 16.11.x. It includes 1 enhancements, 4 bugfixes.

NOTE: 16.11.x is no longer packaged, it is recommended you upgrade as soon as practical.

Read the full release notes

In – Out Management System” based on KOHA ILS

by Omkar Kakeru
Its a pleasure sharing that we are introducing an “In – Out Management
System” based on KOHA ILS that benefits in Tracking In & Out time of
patrons, works on multiple locations of library, generates four types of
reports & can be handled by single person.

Please have a look on demo video & convey your valuable feedback.

Download application link

read original listserv post

Bugs needing Sign off

by Mark Tompsett
I was hoping that
might get signed off.

read original listserv post


Thesis: RDA e le risorse cartografiche (RDA and cartographic resources)

by Romana Franziska Wallner
An experimental theses “RDA e le risorse cartografiche” (RDA and cartographic resources) was successfully defended at the University of Florence (Italy) on 20 February 2018.

The thesis was supervised by Prof. Mauro Guerrini and Dr. Stefano Bargioni, as part of if was conducted at the library of Pontificia Università della Santa Croce and was based on Koha. The author, Laura Manzoni, was awarded the highest grade possible.


The aim of the thesis is to verify the viability of the new RDA guidelines for the description of cartographic materials and to highlight its strengths and weaknesses. The analysis compares the different models suggested to describe bibliographic records, starting from the first module proposed by the geographer Giovanni Marinelli as well as RDA. A sample of materials preserved at the Italian Geographical Society in Rome has been selected and catalogued with Koha, a complete ILS open source software developed by a global community. The thesis also analyzes the context and issues that lead to the development of RDA and to its progressive diffusion and use in libraries around the world.

New Koha Libraries

Support Provider News

FOLIO Library Services Support Between ByWater Solutions and EBSCO Information Services

Catalyst Koha are now on Twitter!

We would love to connect with you, our community, and chat regularly on all things Koha!
Come and say ‘Hi’ at: https://twitter.com/catalystkoha

Upcoming Events

Koha user group – Whanganui, NZ 2018

by Bonnie Crawford
Whanganui Libraries and the Catalyst Koha team invite you to attend the 2018 NZ Koha user group day. All libraries currently using Koha, Koha enthusiasts and the Koha-curious are welcomed!

Click here to RSVP

Thursday, 22nd March 2018
10am – 4pm
Whanganui, New Zealand. Whanganui District Library Rooms – TBC
Lunch is provided free of charge. We are happy to cater for specified dietary requirements.
Plenty of free parking
RSVP by:
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Unconference style – we will set the agenda for the day in a collaborative way. Everyone can make suggestions and propose ideas for a programme of events.
What to expect:
The 2018 user group day is for current and future users of Koha to come together as a community, with an opportunity for all to share their ideas and plans for the future of technology in our libraries.

For more information see the original post.

Hackfest in Marseille

12-16 March 2018
At BibLibre , 108 Rue Breteuil, 13006 Marseille
developers, administrators, librarians, Koha users …
know Koha, at least know some modules
free, but a minimum of 2 to 3 days of participation is recommended, especially for beginners
lunch is provided on site (financial participation to be defined, between 15 and 20 € per meal). There is always coffee, tea, and everyone can bring delicacies to enjoy or to discover. Free meals in the evening but one or more appointment points are always available
English is a ++ to interact with everyone and participate in mini-conferences but not required
#hfk18 to communicate on social networks
open with BibLibre, by sending an email to Paul Poulain
Contact infos:

Past Events

Training programme on Koha for Library staff of ICAR

by Dr. S.K. Soam, Head and Dr. N. Srinivasa Rao, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NAARM, India
The ICAR – National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (ICAR-NAARM) is an institution engaged in capacity building of personnel of National Agricultural Research and Education System (NARES) in management of research, education and technology transfer. ICAR-NAARM was established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1976 at Hyderabad. The major mandate of the Academy is to build capacity in agricultural research, education and extension education systems, and provide policy advocacy for the NARES. To fulfil these mandates, Academy organizes various capacity building programmes for researchers, academicians, extension personnel, scholars, and other stakeholders in NARES.

ICAR – NAARM organized a training programme on “Koha for Library staff of ICAR” during 5-9 February 2018 at this Academy with the objective to make participants understand the application of Koha in library automation, to provide hands on training on various modules of Koha related to acquisition, cataloguing, OPAC etc., and to provide the knowledge of broad aspects of Koha installation and customization as per institute requirements. Dr. S.K. Soam, Head (ICM Division) and Dr. N. Srinivasa Rao, Principal Scientist (ICM Division) were the course directors for this programme.

A total of 36 technical staff associated with library and related work in ICAR Institutes were attended this programme. In this training program we had representatives from Crop Science Division, Agricultural Engineering Division, Fisheries Science, Animal Science, Natural Resource Management Division, Agricultural Education Division, Horticulture Division and ICAR Headquarters.

This training program was designed to cover both theoretical and practical aspects on various topics. The trainees were exposed to Introduction to Linux, Installation of Ubuntu operating system, Installation and configuration of Koha and hands on training by our internal faculty.

Introduction to Koha modules, Administration, Acquisition, Patron Management, Cataloguing, Circulation, Serials, OPAC etc., were covered by the guest faculty Mr. Indranil Das Gupta who is a “Member, Koha Community Release Team”, “Database Documentation Manager, Koha Community Project” and CEO of L2C2 Technologies, Kolkata.

February General IRC Meeting

The February general IRC meeting was held at on the 7th at 20:00 UTC.

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

February Development IRC Meeting

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

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

GDPR IRC Meeting

The February GDPR IRC meeting was held on the 26th at 19:00 UTC.

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


Editor, Koha Community Newsletter