Koha Newsletter: Volume 1/Issue 6: June 2010

Official Koha Newsletter (ISSN 2153-8328)
Volume 1, Issue 6: June 2010

Table of Contents


Libraries & Librarians

National University of Córdoba Goes Live with Koha
by Tomás Cohen Arazi

We are pleased to announce that the National University of Córdoba (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina) has finished its migration to Koha 3. The process was leaded by a team of members of the institution and comprised the migration of 22 libraries and over 300k records from CDS/ISIS to MARC21. We are happy to implement this open source solution and want to thank the great Koha community and its fantastic developers for your support. Without it this wouldn’t be possible.

Read the full announcement.

The first Koha Librarian – Honoured
by Chris Cormack

Every year in New Zealand on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, New Zealanders who have provided service to the community are honoured. In this years honours list Rosalie Blake, who was the head librarian at Horowhenua Library Trust when Koha was written, was honoured with a QSM (Queen’s Service Medal).

Rosalie Helen Blake, Levin, for services to the library profession

I’m sure the whole Koha community will congratulate her on a well deserved award.


Tips & Tricks

Change the size of the opacsmallimage
by Koustubha Kale

Koha’s system preference “opacsmallimage” has always amused me because of its limitation of size. Most of the time it won’t fit your libraries logo.

Here I have a jquery based script that can be used in “opacuserjs” which overcomes this limitation. While replacing Koha logo the script also adds a “Powered by Koha” with Koha logo and a link back to the koha-community.org site at the bottom of the page.

See the script.

Track In House Usage
by Nicole C. Engard

Koha allows for the easy tracking of items that are used within the library. To do this you first need to create a patron of the ‘Statistical’ type. At the end of the day when you’re clearing off all of the tables in the library you simply check those books out to the statistical patron and an in house use will be logged. This will show your board and decision makers that the library is being used even if items are not leaving the library. To learn more about tracking in house use, view this page in the manual.


Koha Events

Koha symposium in France
by Pascale Nalon

About 120 people had met during two days in Miramas, South France, in a symposium organized by the MIOP in collaboration with KohaLa.

The program can be seen here and presentations and videos are coming soon!

KohaCon 10 Roadtrip – Signup Now!
by Joann Ransom

Now is the time folks to put your money where your mouth is and sign up for the road trip from Auckland to Wellington on the weekend before KohaCon.

Click here for details of the trip.

Signup information can be found here.


Development & Company News

Koha Debian Packages
by Lars Wirzenius

There is now an apt repository for Koha Debian packages. It has preliminary packages of the Koha development version (what will become 3.2), built for the Debian development version (what will become the next Debian stable release). This repository is for testing purposes only, and is not meant for production installations. It would, however, be good for the packages to get testing so that when Koha 3.2 is released, the packages are of high quality.

All feedback on the Debian packaging is welcome, either to the koha-devel mailing list, or to the bug tracking system.

Koha Hosting from Granthalaya and Anant Corporation
by Koustubha Kale

Granthalaya.org and Anant Corporation are very pleased to announce general availability of Koha hosting on granthalaya.org server located in VPM, Thane datacenter.

Our first user of this service is already live, please see opac.kalibindia.com. Learn more.

Koha in Book Industry Communication
by MJ Ray

software.coop has joined Book Industry Communication as an associate member, mainly in order to voice experiences of the Koha community and the co-op about RFID tag standardisation and related sustainable development. We want to give the Free and Open Source Software library world and the co-op’s charity and academic clients more input in developing this big change to libraries.

Read more about it at: http://www.news.software.coop/categories/koha/



Newsletter edited by Nicole C. Engard, Koha Documentation Manager.

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