Koha Community Newsletter: May 2019

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May 2019

Volume 10, Issue 5
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

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Table of Contents

Development

Koha 19.05.00 Released

by Nick Clemens
It is with great pleasure that the Koha community announces the release of
Koha 19.05, a major release of the Koha open source integrated library
system.

This release (as always) is the work of many librarians, developers, and
community members who donate their time and effort to the project. Their
contributions help shape the release, and the project going forward. None
of this would be possible without them, and my sincere thanks goes out to
everyone who had a hand in the project

Extra thanks to all who helped me with this release, and with getting here to be the release manager for this version. I am so lucky to work with such a great team on a wonderful project and look forward to helping make Koha better on each release. Excelsior!

Read the full release notes here:

Koha 19.05 release

Debian packages will be available shortly, if you are following a suite you will
automatically upgrade to the next branch with this release, more info here:
https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Koha_on_Debian#Follow_a_suite:_stable.2C_oldstable_.E2.80.A6

Koha 18.11.05 Released

by Martin Renvoize
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 18.11.05.

This is a combined security and maintenance release containing 4 security fixes, 2 new features, 4 enhancements and 94 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Koha 18.05.12 Released

by Lucas Gass
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 18.05.12.

This is a combined security and maintenance release containing 4 security fixes, 1 enhancements and 31 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

Koha 17.11.18 Released

by Martin Renvoize
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 17.11.18

This is a combined security and maintenance release containing 3 security fixes and 4 bugfixes.

Read the full release notes

New Koha plugin: Matomo

by Fridolin Somers

Now that Koha plugins can add JavaScript to OPAC, it is a perfect place for Matomo (originally Piwik) tracking code.

I am proud to present you this plugin:
https://github.com/biblibre/koha-plugin-opac-matomo
It is configurable for your Matomo server URL and the website ID.

Feel free to ask more details or pull requests.
It is actually still with the old Piwik code but it works.
We will be working on updating to code provided by Matomo 3.8.

See also https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Matomo.
And Matomo official website : https://matomo.org/

KOHA Registration Module for Malaysian Citizen ID

by Jesse Kah Ingland

Good day!

I’m Jesse from Lemonjar Software Media Sdn. Bhd.
We have been a Koha service provider in Malaysia for 11 years. Recently, our team has successfully developed a Registration Module for the Malaysia Citizen’s ID.

Each Malaysian holds an encrypted Identity Card. Currently, when they wish to register to become a library patron, they must present the ID card at the service counter and the service staff will register for them. Most of the libraries face difficulties getting the patron’s photo printed on the library card. It is quite a process scanning the patron’s photo and uploading it to Koha. For busy libraries, this results in a long queue just to register patrons to the particular library.

Hence, we developed this module to ease the long queue created by the registration process, and to improve public satisfaction with the library’s service.

It comes with 3 modules:

  • Staff Assist Registration Module
  • Self Registration Module – Desktop PC
  • Self Registration Module – Standing kiosk

It is a client based module, and every module comes with a “Mykad reader” for data retrieval from our Malaysian ID card. The end user can install it to a PC/ notebook for the registration process. They can even use it remotely for registration activities during roadshow and library promotion activities.

However, this module is only available for the Malaysian Citizen ID, though support for international passports will be coming soon.

Please check here for more information about the registration module: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=JKDkS7Tr0c4

For further info contact us here: https://www.lemonjar.com.my

Community

Community Gossip

HealthNet Nepal has configured a Live DVD with six software packages for library use using the 64 bit version of Lubuntu 16.4.5.
Project page. Original listserv post.

New Koha Libraries

Koha Tips and Tricks

Jessie Zairo has some new tutorials for you:

Nick Clemens explores the Single Sign-On / Authentication Options for Koha.

Andrew Fuerste-Henry gives you an An Overview of Item Statuses.

Support Provider News

ByWater Solutions announced that 10 libraries sponsored 16 features included in Koha 18.11.

Upcoming Events

KohaCon19 Update: Live Stream available!

by Charles Quain
From listserv post

We are looking forward to a large gathering of the Koha Community in Dublin
next week.

For those who are unable to attend, there will be a live stream via
YouTube.

The link will also be on our KohaCon website:

KohaCon 19

The stream will go live at 10am on Monday 20th May.

The conference schedule is available here
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1POlIIKGQSBHhJKuafd9kzbXwF7LwP-euRYT2P58M56s/export?format=pdf

to help you plan your viewing.

All times in the schedule are Dublin time
(https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html )

If you want to ask a question after a talk, please submit it via twitter
using the hashtag #kohacon19

2019 Koha-US Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

by Lisette Scheer
From Listserv announcement

Koha-US would like to invite you to propose a presentation for our annual
conference, held in September 2019.

Proposals will be due this Friday the 31st of May 2019.
Please plan for a 45-minute long session with 5 minutes of questions after.

The koha-US 2019 Conference will be held in Pueblo Colorado September
18th-21st 2019.

You can submit proposals here.

Our theme for the 2019 conference will be:
*Patron Power – Enable Your Users*

It will be hosted by Pueblo City/County Library District ( map.)

The cost for the conference will by $35.00 for members and $55.00 for
non-members.
*Due to low registration fees, registration for presenters will not be
waived.

Please e-mail info at koha-us.org if you have any questions.

Hotel Information is available on our website here.

June General IRC Meeting

The June General IRC meeting will be held the 5th at 13:00 UTC.

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

June Documentation IRC Meeting

The June Documentation IRC meeting will be held the 6th at 13:00 UTC.

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

Past Events

May General IRC Meeting

The May General IRC meeting was held the 8th at 18:00 UTC.

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

May Development IRC Meeting

The May Development IRC meeting was held the 29th at 19:00 UTC.

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

May Development IRC Meeting

The May Development IRC meeting was held the 15th at 14:00 UTC.

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

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