Koha Community Newsletter: July 2017

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July 2017

Volume 8, Issue 7
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

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Koha 17.05.02 Released

by Fridolin Somers
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 17.05.02.

This is a maintenance release.
It includes 4 enhancements, 38 bugfixes.

As always you can download the release from

Have a look at release post :

Koha 17.05.02 released

Be aware of blocker bug 18966.

Koha 16.11.10 Released

by Katrin Fischer
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 16.11.10.

This is a maintenance release of 16.11 and includes 1 enhancement and 35 bugfixes.

The full release notes are available at
Koha 16.11.10 Release Notes

Koha 16.05.15 Released

by Mason James
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 16.05.15.

This is a maintenance release of the 16.05 series and includes 2
enhancements and 68 bugfixes.

The full release notes are available at
Koha 16.05.15 Release Notes

The Koha Manuals: DocBook to Sphinx

by Katrin Fischer
Starting with the manual for 17.05 the technical tool, used to generate the Koha Manuals, has been changed from DocBook to Sphinx. Sphinx makes it much easier to edit the manual thanks to the easier markup language it uses. Instead of managing one big file, the manual has been split into a file for each of the bigger chapters. Now that the new setup is ready, the Documentation Team is looking for new contributors to the manual. A contribution can be anything:

  • Let us know about mistakes, missing bits, pieces or even chapters
  • Proof read recent changes
  • Provide new content and additions from typo fixes to new chapters

We have tried to make it really easy to contribute. There is a new workflow using gitlab that will allow everyone to contribute using only a browser and without the need to have a development environment or install specialized software. You can find the instructions on the wiki under [Editing the Koha manual]. We have also set an [https://annuel2.framapad.org/p/KohaManualTodo Etherpad-style to-do list] that anyone can easily edit and add to. If you are unsure how to get started, please get in touch with the Koha Documentation Team!


Kohacon 2017: Presentations and Acknowledgments

By Eugene Jose T. Espinoza
The 2017 Koha International Conference (KohaCon2017) is over and done last June 23, 2017 and the organizers (Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines and Koha ILS Philippines volunteers) of the KohaCon2017 would like to thank the sponsors, speakers and participants for making the event a success.

For our venue sponsors – the Ayala Museum throughthe Filipinas Heritage Library (Main Conference venue) and the Asian Institute of Management (Hackfest venue). For our international sponsors: Biblibre(France) having Paul Poulain and Gaetan Boisson was such an honor. Gobi Library Solutions from EBSCO in U.S. having Alvet Miranda again updating us on EBSCO’sefforts talking about EDS and OpenAthens. Scanbit Technology Services represented by Cristina Gareta and Josu Moreno. We did not have any representatives from ByWater Solutions but their donation was very much well appreciated. Our local sponsors Vibal Foundation, Onstrike Library Solutions(OSLS) and Tulong Aklatan (TA). OSLS and TA curiously volunteered in making KohaCon2017 a reality. To our foreign speakers Paul Poulain, Gaetan Boisson,Sher Afzal Khan, Mengü Yazicioglu and Cristina Gareta, our heartfelt thanks. To our local speakers: our keynote speaker Hon. Yolanda C. Granda of the Philippines’ Professional Regulations Commission Board for Librarians, Ayala Museum Head Ma.Elizabeth L. Gustilo for the Welcome remarks, Cecil Ayson, Lea de los Reyes, Fernan R. Dizon, Aprilyn T. Gallana, Alexander Lunar, Erwina T. Menesis, Edgardo B. Quiros and Robert ‘Bob’ Reyes. To our foreign attendees: 6 from Malaysia, 2 from France, 2 from Spain, 2 from Pakistan, 1 from U.S.A., 2 from Australia, 1 from Turkey, thank you for braving going to the Philippines in spite of negative news that you heard, which the place in question (Marawi) is actually thousand miles away from Makati City. To our local participants, to our souvenir program sponsors, our tour sponsor – the Department of Tourism and Intramuros Administration, UP SLIS student volunteers for helping in the documentation and registration. To Paul, Gaetan and Mengu for helping in the hackfest. And to numerous people that I might have forgotten to mention. Maraming maraming salamat!

The Conference was streamed live over Youtube and ASLP Facebook page. An edited and collated version of it is already uploaded in archive.org here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=kohacon17. There is an e-souvenir program available in issuu here: https://issuu.com/aslp1954/docs/2017_koha_international_conference_. Presentations in PDF format are available at https://aslpwiki.wikispaces.com/Forums%2C+Seminars%2C+Conferences+and+Other+Activities.

We’re looking forward for KohaCon2018. God willing, we will try to attend, but for sure we will save for KohaCon2020 in New Zealand.

Mabuhay at maraming salamat from the Philippines!

Eugene Jose T. Espinoza
Manuel S. Tamayao
Jerwyn G. Fernandez
Raul V. Migriño, Jr.
Mary Grace L. Medina

New Koha Libraries

Community Gossip

Nathan Carulla makes the case for why now is the time to move to a collaborative web based ILS platform.

How To

Karen Holt has the following posts for you:

Learn more about Koha from Jessie Zairo:

Go through custom searching, reports and the calendar feature with Kelly McElligott:

Learn the basics of reports with Barton Chittenden

Upcoming Events

Koha-US 2017 Registration

by Christopher Brannon
I am happy to announce that registration is now open for Koha-US 2017
Annual Conference, this year in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Registration is $25,
and can be paid online at the end of registration, by check, or at the
door. For complete details and to register, please visit

August General IRC Meeting

The August General IRC meeting will be held on the 2nd at 14:00 UTC.

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

Past Events

French Koha Symposium in Roubaix

by Sonia Bouis for KohaLa Association
Last month the French Koha Symposium was held in Roubaix. Around 70 attendees were present during the 3 days. We tried to have an eclectic program for Koha users and people who want to discover it. For the newbie, we planned Koha demo and feedback from new libraries using Koha. For the others, we focused on different subjects: first, bibliographic transition : what is going on in France and what have been initiated into the world wide Koha community. We also had a special focus on numeric accessibility for public with disability. It gave us some tips and ideas to adapt the OPAC that we will share soon with the community. We have also invited Ghent University Library for talking about another open source project and telling us what they achieve with Blacklight as discovery tool. We also had a session about data visualization tool to exploit exported statistics data (Kibana, Prevu project). And finally there was the traditional workshop around SQL, testing and translation parties.

And what people enjoyed too during those days is to share their experiences during lunch and coffee breaks.

July General IRC Meeting

The July general IRC meeting was held on the 5th at 21:00 UTC.

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

July 12 Development IRC Meeting

The July 12th development IRC meeting was held at 21:00 UTC.

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

July 26th Development IRC Meeting

The July 26th development IRC meeting was held at 14:00 UTC.

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


Editor, Koha Community Newsletter