Koha Community Newsletter: March 2017

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March 2017

Volume 8, Issue 3
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

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Koha 16.11.06 Released

by Katrin Fischer
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 16.11.06.

This is a maintenance release of 16.11 and contains 9 bugfixes.

The full release notes are available at
Koha 16.11.06 Release Notes

Koha 16.05.06 Released

by Mason James
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 16.05.11.

Koha 16.05.11 is a security release. It includes 1 enhancements, 8 bugfixes

See the full release notes here:
Koha 16.05.11 Release Notes

Koha 3.22.19 Released

by Julian Maurice
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 3.22.19.

This is a security release and contains 1 security fix and 4 bugfixes.

See the full release notes here:
Koha 3.22.19 Release Notes

Introducing Mana

by Paul Poulain
BibLibre is working on a project, called mana [1]. This project will try to build a global knowledge base for library data. It will be partly tighten to Koha, and partly not.

For every data on Mana, we will provide micro-services (RESTFUL API) to :

  • query the kb and retrieve data
  • push data into the kb
  • let mana users declare a given data outdated or wrong.

For now, mana handle:

  • subscriptions models: a weekly serial is weekly for everyone. With Mana, Koha users (and possibly other ILSes) will be able to quickly prepare their subscription management.
  • reports. This is 100% Koha tighten, because it’s related to sharing SQL queries. But that will be very useful for all Koha libraries to share and quickly retrieve SQL they can run in a few click on their local DB.

We are also developing an interface to clean mana-kb data.

In the next weeks we will add social data: “give me an ISBN, I’ll give you user reviews, user tags, user rankings”. This will not be tighten to Koha at all, even if we will implement the mechanism within Koha. There are many many other data that could be stored in this KB:

  • kbart and ONIX-PL files for electronic resources
  • vendors/contact
  • “patron that read this also read that”
  • It could even include bibliographic data ? [although it would probably result in a huge DB, out of scope for now]
  • some specific Koha setups (libraries can add some tweaking to Koha, using JavaScript. We could have a DB of tweaks)

I presented this project yesterday during the hackfest. People were quite enthusiastic 😉
The first bug should be ready to be signed-off in the next days (https://bugs.koha-community.org/bugzilla3/show_bug.cgi?id=17047)

BibLibre is willing to host the mana server, I propose to use a sub-domain of koha-community.org. Could we have mana-kb.koha-community.org and mana-test.koha-community.org defined and pointing to ? That would be very helpful to signoff patches.
Also note that we’re already filling the database with subscriptions informations coming from our customers. If you want to add your existing data, drop me an email, I’ll send you the SQL you must run on your Koha to create a CSV file that we can easily import into Mana-kb.

[1] why mana ? It’s a Maori word meaning “authoritative, valid, prestige” (http://maoridictionary.co.nz/search?keywords=mana)

Biblibre sandboxes are back

by Fridolin Somers
Our sandboxes are back :
We have increased their number to 16.

Ready for #HF2017.


Koha General Mailing List in UK

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New Koha Libraries

Community Gossip

Jessie Zairo reports back on the 2017 Koha North Texas Summit Presentations.
Galen Charlton discusses the threat to IMLS support for free and open source software.
The Koha Community Congratulates Winners of India’s Best Koha Implementation Award
Vinod Kumar Mishra blogs about the best paper award for an article on Koha.

How To

Jessie Zairo walks you through Koha 16.11 in the following tutorials and webinars:

Vimal Kumar has three How-To articles for you:

Karen Holt explains how to make the last patron who checked out an item visible in Koha 16.05 and later.
Let Kelly McElliott show you how to do batch item modifications in Koha 16.11 .

Support Provider News

From ByWater Solutions:

Upcoming Events

2017 Koha North California Summit

2017 Northern CA Koha Summit Event Date: April 5, 2017

  • Event Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Event Location: Martha Riley Community Library
  • Event Address: 1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Roseville CA 95747
  • Registration: Fill out form

Find out more here.

Kohacon 2017

by Eugene Jose Espinoza
KohaCon17 will be on June 19-23, 2017 at Ayala Museum, Makati City.

We are happy to announce that you can now visit our website
http://kohacon2017philippines.com for information regarding KohaCon 2017.

April General IRC Meeting

The April General IRC meeting will be held on the 5th at 14:00 UTC.

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

Past Events

March General IRC Meeting

The March general IRC meeting was held on the 1st at 20:00 UTC.

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

March 8 Development IRC Meeting

The March 8th development IRC meeting was held on the 8th at 19:00 UTC.

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

March 22 Development IRC Meeting

The March 22nd development IRC meeting was held on the 22nd at 13:00 UTC.

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


Editor, Koha Community Newsletter