Koha Community Newsletter: September 2015

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September 2015

Volume 6, Issue 9
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

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Table of Contents


Koha 3.20.4 Released

by Chris Cormack
The Koha team are proud to announce the release of Koha 3.20.4. As always you are recommended to wait for the packages to be updated, but if you can’t wait you can download the release at download.koha-community.org

Koha 3.20.4 can be downloaded from: http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.20.04.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 3.20.4 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 2 enhancements and 37 bugfixes.

Please read the full release notes at

Koha 3.16.14 Released

by Mason James
The Koha release team are proud to announce the release of Koha 3.16.14.
This release contains 9 bugfixes, including 1 critical bug.

All 3.16.x users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to this version. Koha 3.16.14 can be downloaded from: http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.16.14.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 3.16.14 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Please read the full release notes at

Elasticsearch Update

by Sebastian Hierl
The ElasticSearch implementation in Koha, sponsored by EBSCO, is making progress. The initial coding has been completed and the project is now in testing. A basic browse feature has been added and layout and design are being completed. For the browse, the aim is to have classic browse functionality that is enriched with new features such as autocomplete and eventually links to authority records and outside repositories. Authentication via RESTapi continues to be developed and we further hope that ElasticSearch will consider training the Koha developer community to further enhance ElasticSearch functionality and ongoing development.

Global Bug Squashing Day

by Katrin Fischer
The community held a Global Bug Squashing Day (GBSD) on September 3rd 2015.
Some special events and project suggestions for that day were advertised
on the wiki page: http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/2015-09-03_Global_bug_squashing_day

During the event updates were posted on Twitter:
About 24 people participated in some way: testing patches, signing off,
or doing QA. About 35 bugs changed to ‘signed off’ and about 20 to
‘passed QA’.

Under Development

Bug submitted for testing and feedback from David Cook:
Bug 10662 – Build OAI-PMH Harvesting Client

This patch introduces a feature that allows Koha to automatically download and import records using the OAI-PMH protocol. This may involve harvesting from a union catalogue, digital repositories, or even other Koha instances. While it expects to receive MARCXML records, it theoretically can also handle any other type of XML-based metadata such as Dublin Core or MODS, so long as a suitable XSLT is provided when configuring the harvester to transform the original metadata into MARCXML.

At the moment, this harvester can only import bibliographic records, but there may be future developments to support the import of authority records and holdings records.

Featured developments from Nicole Engard at ByWater Solutions:

At ByWater we’re looking for co-funders for lots of exciting developments all listed here: http://devs.bywatersolutions.com

Our latest of interest is : Add FRBRized View to OPAC Results and the most often asked for is : Claimed Returned

We also recently funded Aggressive ISSN Matching during import with the help of one of our partners


New Koha Libraries

Community Gossip

Julian Fiol writes about his internship with BibLibre.

How To

Kyle Hall shows you how to show library cost savings on your koha receipt.

Support Provider News

BibLibre partners with EBSCO. Read the announcement.

Upcoming Events

KohaCon 2015

Registration is now open!

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

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

KohaCon 2016

by Mirko Tietgen
Taken from Koha listserv
The voting period is over and the preliminary results are in.

Kohacon 2016 will be hosted by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,


The survey has been completed 1074 times. In some cases, people were
overly enthusiastic and had to vote more than once, which lead to
disqualification. The results are

80,35% Thessaloniki, Greece
08,10% Manila, Philippines

[11,55% invalid]

Past Events

Koha Workshops, September 2015

KLA Centre for Professional Development (KLA-CPD) organized its 10th training program.

Workshop organised by Kerala Library Association, Kottayam Region in association with marian college kuttikkanam on 17-19 September 2015.

September Development IRC Meeting

The September general IRC meeting was held on the 9th at 10:00 UTC.

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


Editor, Koha Community Newsletter