Koha Community Newsletter: June 2023

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Volume 14, Issue 6
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
28 June 2023 Koha 23.05.01
6 enhancements
35 bugfixes
26 June 2023 Koha 22.11.07
5 enhancements
77 bugfixes
28 June 2023 Koha 22.05.14 27 bugfixes
11 May 2023 Koha 21.11.20 20 bugfixes

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

New Koha version 23.05

On 31 May 2023 Tomas Cohen Arazi announced the release of Koha 23.05. This major release includes 26 new features, 145 enhancements and 701 bugfixes.


New Koha libraries



Koha tips and tricks

Support provider news

Upcoming events

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.

Call for papers: Koha user meeting for German speakers

By Katrin Fischer

The next Koha user meeting for German-speaking Koha users will take place online on 5 December 2023. The call for papers is open and we are looking forward to your ideas and contributions to the program. Further information can be found on our new website: https://koha-dach.eu/6-koha-d-a-ch-anwendertreffen-05-12-2023/

Past events

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.

Koha and RDA – National Library of Greece

by Michalis Gerolimos

The National Library of Greece (NLG) organized a 2-day national meeting (22-23 May 2023), in the context of an Erasmus+ program, presenting the results of three 4-year long projects:

  1. The transition from UNIMARC to MARC21
  2. The implementation of RDA/RDF in a Wikibase instance
  3. The adoption of the new RDA

The NLG showcased the configuration of Koha to implement the RDA3R rules. Other speakers talked about the use of application profiles, the importance of common controlled vocabularies in Libraries, Archives and Museums, the differences between AACR2 and RDA3R, the evolution of authority control to identity management, and the role of persistent identifiers in cataloguing within a linked data environment.

Invited speakers from Italy as part of the Erasmus+ week, namely, Stefano Bargioni and Camillo Carlo Pellizzari di San Girolamo, demonstrated use cases for the exploitation of Wikidata in cataloguing. Finally, the NLG presented its efforts towards a shared entity management infrastructure based on the RDA/RDF ontology and implemented in a Wikibase instance.

Furthermore, Stefano and Camillo cooperated with the Cataloguing Department staff and the system librarians on finding duplicates, resolving conflations, and adding authority IDs to Wikidata (Property P3348). Wikidata SPARQL queries were written and discussed. New Koha functionalities were discussed and developed for the staff interface, such as:

  • FCV – “Full cataloguing view in bibliographic or authority record” [1] was tested, translated, and installed in NLG’s Koha staff interface. It will allow cataloguers to quickly control all tags of a bibliographic or authority records before saving it.
  • GeoLocker: GeoLocker is an under-development enhancement for tag 370 of authority records (Associated Place, MARC21). It will allow catalogers to enter the label of a place (in Greek or any other language), choose the correct place from an autosuggest drop-down menu and automatically add label, RWO and URI to the appropriate subfields. Sources available are GeoNames and Wikidata.

The fruitful 2-day meeting and the collaboration with Stefano and Camillo signify NLG’s commitment to further develop its cataloguing policy, to invest in the development of Koha to support RDA3R cataloguing, and ultimately, to share its expertise with the international library community.