Koha Community Newsletter: March 2015

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March 2015

Volume 6, Issue 3
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

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Table of Contents


Koha Released

by Galen Charlton
The members of the Koha release team are proud to announce the release of Koha This is a maintenance release.

As always you can download the tarball from download.koha-community.org or wait a little for the packages to be available at debian.koha-community.org

Koha fixes an erratum in the 3.18.5 release where a change needed for the proper functioning of the patch for bug 13380 (Auto fill order cancellation reasons from authorised values) had not been included. Libraries who have already upgraded to 3.18.5 are advised to upgrade to as soon as possible.

Koha also includes an unrelated fix for bug 12399 (opaccredits printing at top on printable version).

Please read http://koha-community.org/koha-3-18-5-1-released/ for the release notes.

Koha 3.16.8 Released

by Mason James
The Koha release team is proud to announce the release of Koha 3.16.9.

This is the latest bugfix release of the 3.16.x branch of Koha. We recommend all 3.16.x users upgrade to this latest version.

As always, you can wait a day or 2 for the packages to appear at debian.koha-community.org – or if you are still running from tarballs, you can download them at Koha Downloads.

You can read the full release notes at http://koha-community.org/koha-3-16-9-release/.

Koha 3.14.14 Released

by Fridolin Somers
Koha is the first free and open source software library automation package (ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types and sizes, volunteers, and support companies from around the world.

The website for the Koha project is http://koha-community.org and Koha 3.14.14 can be downloaded from: http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.14.14.tar.gz

Installation instructions can be found at http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Installation_Documentation or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball.

Koha 3.14.14 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

You can read the full release notes at http://koha-community.org/koha-3-14-14-released/.


5th Koha Italian Annual Meeting

On March 12, 2015 – Koha Gruppo Italiano organized the “5th Koha Italian Annual Meeting: Koha & SBN” as a part of the National Conference “Le Stelline“. Keynote speakers were Brendan Gallagher ( ByWater Solutions ), Paul Poulain ( BibLibre ) and Zeno Tajoli ( Cineca ). Gianluca di Bella ( Ebsco ) gave an introduction concerning the substantial grant given to the Koha Community for upgrading Koha. The meeting was moderated by Stefano Bargioni. We announced the substitution of Zebra with ElasticSearch in Koha and also further developments in the SBN module. These are both very important projects and will create a massive benefit respectively for the international and the Italian community. Event photos can be found on Flickr.

New Koha Libraries

Community Gossip

Brendan Gallagher at ByWater Solutions writes about the Koha Fund Sub-committee and the responsibilities of volunteers.

BibLibre discusses the recent Hackfest in Marseille.

How To

Joy Nelson has some great tips for troubleshooting Scanners and Koha Search Forms.

Kyle Hall shows you how to set up Automatic updating of the Koha Offline Circulation borrowers file.

Let Vimal Kumar show you how to quickly resize a folder of patron images for upload.

Is your new Koha installation complaining of “missing perl modules”? Fix it with Vimal Kumar, as he shows you how to install perl modules through CPAN on Debian.

Support Provider News

ByWater Solutions will reimburse partner libraries for taking part in a Koha or open source speaking engagement. Nathan Carulla writes about this in his post, Koha Needs Your Help!.

Upcoming Events

April General IRC meeting

The April general IRC meeting will be held on the 8th at 19:00 UTC.

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

KohaCon 2015 [ UPDATE ]

Registration is now open!

They are also accepting presentation proposals – so Submit your talk!

Location:International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) lbadan, Nigeria
Dates: October 19 – 21

For more information, please see http://kohacon15.projektlinkkonsult.com/ .

Koha North American User Group Conference 2015

Dates: August 4-7, 2015
Location: Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania

Now accepting presentation proposals. From the announcement:

The Koha North American User Group Conference planning committee is seeking session proposals for the 2015 meeting on August 4-7, in Erie, PA. The committee invites proposals that: attract Koha end users such as librarians, technical services and support staff in libraries; offer work arounds for known system issues and bugs; highlight technological advances impacting Koha development; deliver work-flow best practices and innovative approaches to using Koha; utilize other open-source software within Koha; provide tips and tools for cataloging, serials management, accounts clean-up, patron uploads, record maintenance, and other system functions.

Submit session topics here.

Past Events

March General IRC Meeting

The March general IRC meeting was held on the 11th at 10:00 UTC.

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

March Fundraising IRC Meeting

An IRC meeting on the topic of fundraising for Koha development was held the 18th at 10:00 UTC.

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


Editor, Koha Community Newsletter