Koha Newsletter: Volume 2/Issue 5: May 2011

Official Koha Newsletter (ISSN 2153-8328)
Volume 2, Issue 5: May 2011

Table of Contents


Koha Developments

Koha 3.2.9 Available
by Chris Nighswonger

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Koha 3.4.1 Available
by Chris Nighswonger

It is with pleasure that I announce the release of Koha 3.4.1.

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Koha Community

Farmington Sponsors Facebook/Twitter Share Development
by Hall Bright

ByWater Solutions has provided a Facebook and Twitter application for the Farmington Libraries to allow patrons to tweet and facebook what they are reading. When you go into the details VIEW of an item, the patron sees the Facebook and Twitter icons on the right menu where a Hold is placed. See: http://catalog.farmingtonlibraries.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=161062

By clicking the Facebook “Like” button, a patron is prompted to log in to Facebook. Then, a patron can write commentary or such and the commentary and the title [with a link to the catalog] appears on their Wall. The library’s address also appears.

The Twitter “Tweet” button also prompts a log in screen and then brings up a customizable message with an automatically generated TinyURL type link back to the catalog.

We are still in testing, but we are excited for this customization.

Standards Organisation of Nigeria implements Koha supported by Projektlink Konsult Ltd.
by Olugbenga Adara

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Library, established in 1971, has adopted Koha for managing it’s library collections.

The SON library has the responsibility to assemble and maintain a collection of standards, normative documents, books and other relevant materials it considers appropriate and relevant for a standards management in Nigeria.

The implementation was carried out in conjunction with Projectlink Konsult Limited (PKL) Full details can be found online.

University of Guyana Chooses Koha
by Sekhar Mallampati

University of Guyana (uog.edu.gy), Berbice Campus (South America) has launched it’s Library Automation System Koha on 12th May, 2011. The collection size is around 13000. We are also working on implementing Koha for University’s main campus (Turkeyen) Library which has a collection size of 140000.

This is first of it’s kind in the country (Guyana). University of Guyana is the first one to implement this world’s leading Open Source Library Software (Koha) in the Caribbean.

We have started helping the National Library of Guyana to start their journey with Koha.

University of Guyana, Berbice Campus Library’s “Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)” service can be accessed at: http://ugbclibrary.uog.edu.gy

Dept. of Software Services has provided technical support for University of Guyana automation project. I am a software engineer and HOD for Dept. of Software Services, University of Guyana.

We want to thank you all for this feature-rich product. We have been benefiting from the mailing lists, etc.


Koha Tips & Tricks

Increase Koha Performance
by Fridolyn SOMERS

Here is a little technical trick :

In koha-conf.xml, the address of the database server is stored :


If you use its host name (mysql.mydomaine.com for example), the DNS will be used for each database connection.

Using the IP address will pass-by DNS and may increase a little bit the Koha server performance.

Configure Automatic Receipt Printing
by Koha Community

Did you know that you can set Koha to automatically print receipts for circulation? There is a guide on the wiki that will walk you through the process with different printers and browsers. Learn more on the Koha wiki.



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

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