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Volume 12, Issue 8
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Michael Kuhn

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Table of contents

Development

Current Koha versions

Read the respective release notes by clicking the revision number.

Date Revision Notes
24 August 2021
Kyle Hall
Koha 21.05.03
stable
1 enhancement
44 bugfixes
25 August 2021
Fridolin Somers
Koha 20.11.09
oldstable
1 enhancement
46 bugfixes
1 security fix
25 August 2021
Victor Grousset
Koha 20.05.15
oldoldstable
7 bugfixes
1 security fix
26 August 2021
Wainui Witika-Park
Koha 19.11.21
oldoldoldstable
2 bugfixes
1 security fix

The Debian packages are usually available within days after the release.

Community

New Koha libraries

Cambodia
Germany
Malaysia
New Zealand
USA

Koha tips and tricks

Support provider news

New implementations of Koha in Malaysia

by Jesse Kah (Lemonjar Software Media)

We have a few new implementations of Koha in Malaysia and would like to share with the community as follows.

The Federal Court of Malaysia
  • Koha 19.11 (bi-language: English and Bahasa Malaysia)
  • Their OPAC is open for public to do searching via https://libkoha.kehakiman.gov.my/
  • Login is only available for the staff of Federal Court of Malaysia via Active Directory login
  • System went live in mid-July 2021
The Attorney General of the state of Sabah, Malaysia
  • Implemented Koha 16 during year 2018 and recently upgraded to Koha 20.05
  • The searching in OPAC via https://sagclibrary.sabah.gov.my/ is ready only for internal Attorney General’s access after login
  • Architecture setup in 2-tier environment
  • System went live in mid-July 2021
Library of the Ministry of National Unity
  • Koha 20.05 (bi-language: English and Bahasa Malaysia)
  • The OPAC is open for public to do searching via http://pusatsumber.perpaduan.gov.my/
  • Architecture setup in single-tier environment
  • System went live in early August 2021
Malaysia Institute of Architects (PAM)
  • Koha 18.11 – the implementation of Koha is done some times ago, however their OPAC was recently opened for public access with re-designed new look
  • The searching in OPAC via http://library.pam.org.my:8000/ is closed and only available for registered architects to their organization, and self-registration is available via OPAC
  • Architecture setup in single-tier environment
  • System went live in early July 2021

Upcoming events

For all upcoming IRC meetings see Next IRC meetings or the Koha Community calendar.

For any other Koha-related meeting just see the Koha Community calendar.

2021 koha-US annual conference

The 2021 koha-US annual conference will take place from 21 to 24 September 2021 in McKinney (Texas, USA). It will be hybrid in format with both an in-person and online component.

Past events

For all past IRC meetings see the following links or the Koha Community calendar.

For any other Koha-related meeting just see the Koha Community calendar.

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The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.11.21.

As always you can download the release from:
https://download.koha-community.org

Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release.

Please continue reading for the details of this release.

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The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 20.11.09.

Koha 20.11.09 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

  • Koha Wiki
  • OR in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 20.11.09 is a bugfix/maintenance release with security fixes.

It includes 1 security fixes, 1 enhancements, 46 bugfixes.

System requirements

You can learn about the system components (like OS and database) needed for running Koha here: https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/System_requirements_and_recommendations

Security bugs

Koha

  • [28784] DoS in opac-search.pl causes OOM situation and 100% CPU (doesn’t require login!)

Enhancements

Web services

  • [28630] ILSDI::AuthenticatePatron should set borrowers.lastseen

Critical bugs fixed

Hold requests

  • [28057] Confusion of biblionumber and biblioitemnumber in request.pl

OPAC

  • [28462] TT tag on several lines break the translator tool
  • [28631] Holds History title link returns “not found” error
  • [28679] Unable to click “Log in to your account” when GoogleOpenIDConnect is enabled

    This fixes the login link in the OPAC when GoogleOpenIDConnect is enabled. It removes modal-related markup which was causing the link to fail.

Tools

  • [28675] QOTD broken in 20.11 and below

Other bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [28408] Last modification date for suggestions is wrong

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [28561] Order_by triggers a DBIx warning Unable to properly collapse has_many results
  • [28570] bor_issues_top.pl using a /tmp file to log debug
  • [28620] Remove trailing space when logging with log4perl

Cataloging

  • [28533] Requesting whole field in ‘itemcallnumber’ system preference causes internal server error
  • [28611] Incorrect Select2 width
  • [28727] “Edit item” button on moredetail should be enabled with edit_items permission
  • [28828] Bug 22399 breaks unimarc_field_4XX.tt and marc21_linking_section.tt value builders

Circulation

  • [27847] Don’t obscure page when checkin modal is non-blocking
  • [28455] If TrackLastPatronActivity is enabled we should update ‘lastseen’ field on checkouts

    This updates the ‘lastseen’ date for a patron when items are checked out (when TrackLastPatronActivity is enabled). (The last seen date is displayed on the patron details page.)

Command-line Utilities

  • [28399] batchRebuildItemsTables.pl error ‘Already in a transaction’

Hold requests

  • [27885] Populate biblionumbers parameter when placing hold on single title
  • [28644] Can’t call method “borrowernumber” on an undefined value at C4/Reserves.pm line 607
  • [28754] C4::Reserves::FixPriority creates many warns when holds have lowestPriority set
  • [28779] Calling request.pl with non-existent biblionumber gives internal server error

OPAC

  • [28469] Move “Skip to main content” link to top of page
  • [28569] In opac-suggestions.pl user library is not preselected
  • [28764] Sorting not correct in pagination on OPAC lists
  • [28868] Masthead.inc is missing class name

    This patch adds back the class ‘mastheadsearch’ which was lost during the upgrade to Bootstrap 4 in Bug 20168.

REST API

  • [28480] GET /patrons missing q parameters on the spec
  • [28604] Bad encoding when using marc-in-json
  • [28632] patrons.t fragile on slow boxes

Reports

  • [28264] Transaction type is empty in cash register statistics wizard report

SIP2

  • [27600] SIP2: renew_all shouldn’t perform a password check
  • [27906] Add support for circulation status 9 ( waiting to be re-shelved )
  • [27907] Add support for circulation status 2 ( on order )
  • [27908] Add support for circulation status 1 ( other ) for damaged items

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [22801] Advance search yr uses copydate instead of date-of-publication

    This fixes the advanced search form in the OPAC and staff interface so that the publication date (and range) uses the value(s) in 008 instead of 260$c when using Elasticsearch.

Searching – Zebra

  • [27348] Error defining INDEXER_PARAMS in /etc/default/koha-common

Staff Client

  • [28598] Changing date or time format on a production server will NOT create duplicate fines and we should remove the syspref warnings
  • [28728] Holds ratio page links to itself pointlessly
  • [28747] Clarify wording on RestrictionBlockRenewing syspref

    This clarifies the wording for the RestrictionBlockRenewing system preference to make it clear that when set to Allow, it only allows renewal using the staff interface.

  • [28834] Improve wording biblios/authorities on tools home page

System Administration

  • [28567] Pick-up location is not saved correctly when creating a new library

    This fixes an issue when adding a new library – the pick-up location was always saving as “Yes”, even when no was selected.

  • [28704] Library MARCOrgCode field needs maxlength attribute

    This fixes an error that occurs when you enter a “MARC organization code” in the form for adding and editing libraries. With this change the input field is limited to 16 characters.

Templates

  • [28689] Extra %s in alert message when saving an item

    This removes an unnecessary %s in the alert message when there are errors in the cataloging add item form (for example when mandatory fields are not entered).

  • [28733] Desks link is in “Patrons and circ” section on admin homepage but in “Basic parameters” on the sidebar

Test Suite

  • [28516] Koha/Patrons/Import.t is failing randomly

Tools

  • [28336] Cannot change matching rules for authorities
  • [28418] Show template_id of MARC modification templates
  • [28835] Ability to pass list contents to batch record modification broken

Documentation

The Koha manual is maintained in Sphinx. The home page for Koha
documentation is

As of the date of these release notes, the Koha manual is available in the following languages:

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at

Translations

Complete or near-complete translations of the OPAC and staff
interface are available in this release for the following languages:

  • Arabic (99.1%)
  • Armenian (99.9%)
  • Armenian (Classical) (89%)
  • Bulgarian (91.3%)
  • Catalan; Valencian (55.2%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (93%)
  • Czech (72.8%)
  • English (New Zealand) (59.5%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (79.3%)
  • French (90.9%)
  • French (Canada) (92.1%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (66.8%)
  • Greek (60.6%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (99.9%)
  • Nederlands-Nederland (Dutch-The Netherlands) (77.7%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (63.7%)
  • Polish (100%)
  • Portuguese (88.4%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (95.7%)
  • Russian (93.7%)
  • Slovak (80.5%)
  • Spanish (99.1%)
  • Swedish (74.8%)
  • Telugu (99.9%)
  • Turkish (100%)
  • Ukrainian (68%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see

For information about translating Koha, and join the koha-translate
list to volunteer:

The most up-to-date translations can be found at:

Release Team

The release team for Koha 20.11.09 is

  • Release Manager: Jonathan Druart

  • Release Manager assistants:

    • Martin Renvoize
    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
  • QA Manager: Katrin Fischer

  • QA Team:

    • David Cook
    • Agustín Moyano
    • Martin Renvoize
    • Marcel de Rooy
    • Joonas Kylmälä
    • Julian Maurice
    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Josef Moravec
    • Nick Clemens
    • Kyle M Hall
    • Victor Grousset
  • Topic Experts:

    • UI Design — Owen Leonard
    • REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Zebra — Fridolin Somers
    • Accounts — Martin Renvoize
  • Bug Wranglers:

    • Amit Gupta
    • Mengü Yazıcıoğlu
    • Indranil Das Gupta
  • Packaging Managers:

    • David Cook
    • Mason James
    • Agustín Moyano
  • Documentation Manager: Caroline Cyr La Rose

  • Documentation Team:

    • Marie-Luce Laflamme
    • Lucy Vaux-Harvey
    • Henry Bolshaw
    • David Nind
  • Translation Managers:

    • Indranil Das Gupta
    • Bernardo González Kriegel
  • Release Maintainers:

    • 20.11 — Fridolin Somers
    • 20.05 — Andrew Fuerste-Henry
    • 19.11 — Victor Grousset

Credits

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 20.11.09

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (3)
  • Nick Clemens (17)
  • David Cook (2)
  • Jonathan Druart (16)
  • Ivan Dziuba (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (2)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (5)
  • Lucas Gass (1)
  • Victor Grousset (1)
  • Kyle M Hall (6)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (1)
  • Owen Leonard (7)
  • Martin Renvoize (7)
  • Marcel de Rooy (5)
  • Fridolin Somers (8)
  • Koha translators (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 20.11.09

  • Athens County Public Libraries (7)
  • BibLibre (8)
  • Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) (2)
  • ByWater-Solutions (29)
  • Koha Community Developers (17)
  • Prosentient Systems (2)
  • PTFS-Europe (7)
  • Rijks Museum (5)
  • Solutions inLibro inc (1)
  • Theke Solutions (3)
  • University of Helsinki (1)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches
for Koha

  • Salman Ali (1)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (3)
  • Nick Clemens (18)
  • Christopher Kellermeyer – Altadena Library District (6)
  • Jonathan Druart (59)
  • Katrin Fischer (18)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (3)
  • Lucas Gass (6)
  • Victor Grousset (3)
  • Kyle M Hall (76)
  • Barbara Johnson (2)
  • Kelly (1)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (3)
  • Owen Leonard (8)
  • David Nind (16)
  • Martin Renvoize (12)
  • Marcel de Rooy (10)
  • Sally (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (72)
  • Emmi Takkinen (2)
  • Petro Vashchuk (3)
  • Wainui Witika-Park (1)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to koha-devel@lists.koha-community.org.

Revision control notes

The Koha project uses Git for version control. The current development
version of Koha can be retrieved by checking out the master branch of:

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release
line is 20.11.x.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug
tracker at:

He rau ringa e oti ai.
(Many hands finish the work)

Autogenerated release notes updated last on 25 août 2021 02:19:13.

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 20.05.15.

As always you can download the release from:
https://download.koha-community.org

Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release.

Please continue reading for the details this release.

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The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 21.05.03.
This is a maintenance release and contains many bug fixes and enhancements.

As always you can download the release from:
https://download.koha-community.org

Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release.

Please continue reading for the details this release.

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Koha Community Newsletter: July 2021 Subscribe
Volume 12, Issue 7
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Michael Kuhn

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Table of contents

Development

Current Koha versions

Read the respective release notes by clicking the revision number. The Debian packages are usually available within days after the release.

Date Revision Includes
26 July 2021
Kyle Hall
Koha 21.05.02
stable
1 enhancement
51 bugfixes
23 July 2021
Victor Grousset
Koha 20.11.08
oldstable
19 bugfixes
24 July 2021
Victor Grousset
Koha 20.05.14
oldoldstable
6 bugfixes
25 July 2021
Wainui Witika-Park
Koha 19.11.20
oldoldoldstable
1 enhancement
9 bugfixes

Community

New Koha libraries

Germany
Liberia
United Kingdom
USA

Koha tips and tricks

Support provider news

Library news from Liberia

by Kathleen Ngenda, library visionary, Liberia

The New Gate Library in Paynesville (Liberia) is in the ongoing process of start-up with Koha. Our team will be having a direct trainer coming from the USA to help us set-up a software and hardware system that will run on limited power and therefore be more “accessible” off the grid. This will take place at the end of August.

Although we are not fully functional we have made good progress with taking all our records from an XL spread sheet through the Marcedit program and now have an online library, when the power is on.

New Gate Library is run by a local charity in Liberia, Grassroots Ministry Liberia. We are open to the public four days a week, and are opening our computer section of the library in September.

I am very thankful to Mr. Herb Janes, who has taken the time to learn all about KOHA and transferring with MARC, so he could help take our 6’000 books from a spread-sheet, and put them into the Koha system.

Next step is to build the global system preferences…

Much appreciation to all the community involvement with Koha.

New Gate Library
New Gate Center, Gbengbar Town
Paynesville, Montserrado County
Liberia

E: nglinfo36@gmail.com
T: +231-776-563-836
OPAC: New Gate Library

Upcoming events

For any Koha-related meeting just see the Koha Community calendar. For upcoming IRC meetings also see Next IRC meetings.

Indkoha 2021

The Bengal Library Association is organising a two day online international conference on Koha from 2-3 October 2021. For details see their Facebook page with programme details and registration info:

Koha Bugsquashing Bonanza

Join the team of Bywater Solutions and Koha community members for a live event to help the Koha community squash some bugs! The Bug Squashing Bonanza will be held as a Youtube live session on Tuesday 10 August 2021 at 11am EST – pop in at anytime to join them during this two hour event!

Kohacon 2021

On 27 July 2021 the Pakistan Koha Community announced the go live of the international Kohacon 2021 conference website. The conference will be held from 20-22 December 2022 in Islamabad (Pakistan) with subsequent hackfest from 23-26 December.

For registration, proposal submission and other information please visit the conference website:

Past events

For any Koha-related meeting just see the Koha Community calendar. For all past IRC meetings also see the following links.

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The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 21.05.02. This is a maintenance release and contains many bugfixes and enhancements. As always you can download the release from: https://download.koha-community.org

Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release. Continue reading for the release notes.

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The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.11.20.

As always you can download the release from:
https://download.koha-community.org

Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release.

Please continue reading for the details of this release.

(more…)

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 20.05.14.

As always you can download the release from:
https://download.koha-community.org

Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release.

Please continue reading for the details this release.

(more…)

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 20.11.08.

As always you can download the release from:
https://download.koha-community.org

Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release.

Please continue reading for the details this release.

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