The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.05.17.
This is a security and maintenance release which contains various 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.

Please continue reading for the details this release.

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Development

Koha 20.05.05 Released

by Lucas Gass
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 20.05.05.

Koha 20.05.05 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 30 enhancements, 31 bugfixes.

The full release notes can be viewed here:

Koha 20.05.05 Release

Debian packages are ready and can be downloaded here:
https://download.koha-community.org/

Koha 19.11.11 Released

by Aleisha Amohia
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 19.11.11.

Koha 19.11.11 is a security and bugfix/maintenance release including 2
security fixes, 15 bugfixes.

The full release notes are available here:

Koha 19.11.11 released

Koha 19.05.16 Released

by Victor Grousset
The Koha Community is happy to announce the release of Koha 19.05.16.

Koha 19.05.16 is a bugfix/maintenance release with security fixes.

It includes 2 security fixes, 9 bugfixes.

The full release notes can be found at:

Koha 19.05.16 released

Debian packages will be available shortly.

Thanks to everyone involved 🙂

Community

Notes, Gossip & Announcements

New Koha Libraries

Koha Tips and Tricks

Take a look at these new tutorials from PTFS Europe:

Sending email notifications from Koha
Tutorial – Using Patron emailer and the Bywater emailer plugin. Janet McGowan describes two different approaches s to sending out custom letters to your patrons:

  • Using the delivered patron emailer functionality that came in with Koha version 19.05
  • Working with the Bywater patron emailer plugin
Getting involved in the Koha Community
Watch here.
Martin Renvoize, Development Manager, talks us through the different ways you can get involved in the Koha Community. From online chat to bug wrangling, Release Team roles to Hackfests.

The team at ByWater Solutions has some great new tutorials for you:

Support Provider News

From Equinox
#ChatOpenS: November 11, 2020 from 12-1pm EDT with Mike Rylander moderating. #ChatOpenS is a monthly Twitter Chat to bring together the open-source library community.

Upcoming Events

Open discussion on Koha Coding

On Wednesday 4 November our Development Manager, Martin Renvoize is going to be running an open discussion for our customers as a kind of bug testing/fixing workshop. If you have ever raised a support ticket with us having spotted a problem with your Koha system and it has resulted in a patch (fix) needing to be done in the system, chances are it will have been through the process which Martin will be demonstrating. He is aiming to go through the following:

  • A very quick guide to Bugzilla (the system used for managing bugs in Koha) and picking bugs to sign off
  • Picking a bug, testing it and signing it off with a sandbox
  • Picking a bug that is yet to be fixed and working through a fix for it

Email andrew.auld@ptfs-europe.com for details.

CILIP Conference 2020

CILIP Conference is a highlight in the annual calendar for library, information and knowledge professionals in the UK and is an important opportunity to connect with networks, share work and build for the future. This year the conference format has had to be reimagined and will be delivered on a virtual event platform. The one-day event on 19 November will include all of the elements that you would expect – impressive keynote speakers, engaging sessions and chances to network.

PROGRAMME AND SPEAKERS
PTFS Europe will be in the virtual Exhibition Hall for this event giving the opportunity for delegates to learn all about Koha and how it could benefit their library.

Koha4Health

PTFS Europe is hosting a virtual conference for library professionals in the health sector on 24 November. With presentations from existing Koha libraries including The King’s Fund and Worcestershire Health Library this conference is an opportunity for health libraries to see why Koha is right for them. Yo can also learn more about other healthy living options at the Health Care Guys website

November General IRC Meeting

The November General IRC meeting will be held the 4th at 20:00 UTC.

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

November Documentation IRC Meeting

The November Documentation IRC meeting will be held the 12th at 18:00 UTC.

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

Past Events

October General IRC Meeting

The October General IRC meeting was held the 7th at 20:00 UTC.

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

October Development IRC Meeting

The October Development IRC meeting was held the 7th at 20:00 UTC.

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

October Documentation IRC Meeting

The October Documentation IRC meeting was held the 15th at 18:00 UTC.

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

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.11.11.
This is a security and 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, especially Hayley Mapley who helped with release maintenance duties while we were busy organising Kohacon20!

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RELEASE NOTES FOR KOHA 20.05.05

27 Oct 2020

Koha is the first free and open source software library automation
package (ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types
and sizes, volunteers, and support companies from around the world. The
website for the Koha project is:

Koha 20.05.05 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

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

Koha 20.05.05 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 30 enhancements, 31 bugfixes.

System requirements

Koha is continuously tested against the following configurations and as such these are the recommendations for
deployment:

  • Debian Jessie with MySQL 5.5 (End of life)
  • Debian Stretch with MariaDB 10.1
  • Debian Buster with MariaDB 10.3
  • Ubuntu Bionic with MariaDB 10.1
  • Debian Stretch with MySQL 8.0 (Experimental MySQL 8.0 support)

Additional notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required (5.24 is recommended)
  • Zebra or Elasticsearch is required

Security Bugs

  • [26592] XSS vulnerability when ysearch is used
  • [26562] Searches are shared between sessions

Enhancements

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [16357] Plack error logs are not time stamped

Cataloging

  • [15933] Add cataloguing plugin to search for existing publishers in other records
  • [19322] Typo in UNIMARC field 140 plugin

Circulation

  • [26424] Better performance of svc/checkouts

Command-line Utilities

  • [25624] Update patrons category script should allow finding null and not null and wildcards
  • [26451] Small typo in bulkmarcimport.pl

I18N/L10N

  • [26118] Move translatable strings out of tags/review.tt and into tags-review.js
  • [26217] Move translatable strings out of templates into acq.js
  • [26225] Move translatable strings out of audio_alerts.tt and into audio_alerts.js
  • [26230] Move translatable strings out of item_search_fields.tt and into item_search_fields.js
  • [26240] Move translatable strings out of sms_providers.tt and into sms_providers.js
  • [26242] Move translatable strings out of results.tt and into results.js
  • [26243] Move translatable strings out of templates and into circulation.js
  • [26256] Move translatable strings out of templates and into serials-toolbar.js

OPAC

  • [25242] Accessibility: The ‘Holdings’ table partially obscures navigation links at 200% zoom

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [24807] Add “year” type to improve sorting by publication date

Staff Client

  • [26435] AutoSelfCheckID syspref description should warn it blocks OPAC access

Templates

  • [25317] Move translatable strings out of additem.js.inc
  • [25320] Move translatable strings out of merge-record-strings.inc into merge-record.js
  • [25321] Move translatable strings out of strings.inc into the corresponding JavaScript
  • [26120] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from tags review template
  • [26151] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from suggestions management page
  • [26245] Remove unused functions from members.js
  • [26261] Split calendar.inc into include file and JavaScript file
  • [26291] Move translatable strings out of z3950_search.inc into z3950_search.js
  • [26334] Move translatable strings out of members-menu.inc into members-menu.js
  • [26339] Move translatable strings out of addorderiso2709.tt into addorderiso2709.js
  • [26504] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from checkout notes page

Test Suite

  • [26157] Redirect expected DBI warnings

Tools

  • [26431] Use split button to offer choice of WYSIWYG or code editor for news

Critical bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [26438] Follow up to bug 23463 – return from Koha::Item overwrites existing variable

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [26341] Database update for bug 21443 is not idempotent and will destroy settings
  • [26434] Plugin dirs duplicates in @INC with plack

Circulation

  • [26510] Transport Cost Matrix editor doesn’t show all data when HoldsQueueSkipClosed is enabled

Hold requests

  • [18958] If patron has multiple record level holds on one record transferring first hold causes next hold to become item level

Installation and upgrade (web-based installer)

  • [26548] [20.05] Update for 20.05.03.001 has wrong SQL

MARC Authority data support

  • [25273] Elasticsearch Authority matching is returning too many results

MARC Bibliographic record staging/import

  • [26231] bulkmarcimport.pl does not import authority if it already has a 001 field

Notices

  • [26420] Overdue notices script does not care about borrower’s language, always takes default template

Patrons

  • [26556] Cities autocomplete broken in patron edition

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [25265] Elasticsearch – Batch editing items on a biblio can lead to incorrect index
  • [26507] New items not indexed

Other bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [10921] You can edit an order even when it is in a closed basket
  • [26497] “Hide all columns” throws Javascript error on aqplan.pl

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [26260] elasticsearch>cnx_pool missing in koha-conf-site.xml.in
  • [26464] Code correction in opac-main when news_id passed

Cataloging

  • [19327] Typo in UNIMARC field 128a plugin
  • [24780] 952$i stocknumber does not display in batch item modification

Circulation

  • [26224] Prevent double submit of header checkin form

Command-line Utilities

  • [26407] fix query in ‘title exists’ in search_for_data_inconsistencies.pl
  • [26448] koha-elasticsearch –commit parameter is not used

Fines and fees

  • [26541] Apply discount button misleading
  • [26785] JS errors in pos/pay.tt in 20.05.x

Hold requests

  • [23485] Holds to pull (pendingreserves.pl) should list barcodes
  • [26460] Wrong line ending (semicolon vs comma) in request.tt

Lists

  • [25913] Internal server error when calling get_coins on record with no title (245) but with 880 linked to 245

OPAC

  • [26512] Display issue with buttons for OPAC checkout note

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [25957] Elasticsearch 5.X – empty subfields cause error on suggestible fields

Staff Client

  • [26249] keep_text class not set inconsistently in cat-search.inc

Templates

  • [26049] Replace li with span class results_summary in UNIMARC intranet XSLT

Tools

  • [26414] Unable to export Withdrawn status using CSV profile

    This patch fixes the export of MARC records and the withdrawn status when using CSV profiles. Before this fix the full 952 field was exported, rather than just the withdrawn status.

Documentation

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

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

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 (99.3%)
  • Armenian (100%)
  • Armenian (Classical) (99.7%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (94.5%)
  • Czech (81%)
  • English (New Zealand) (67.1%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (70%)
  • French (82.1%)
  • French (Canada) (95.5%)
  • German (99.2%)
  • German (Switzerland) (74.9%)
  • Greek (61.9%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (89.6%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (71.6%)
  • Polish (73.5%)
  • Portuguese (87.6%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (98.6%)
  • Slovak (89.5%)
  • Spanish (99.2%)
  • Swedish (78%)
  • Telugu (90.1%)
  • Turkish (94.9%)
  • Ukrainian (66.6%)

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 19.11.10 is

  • Release Manager: Jonathan Druart
  • Release Manager assistants:
    • Martin Renvoize
    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
  • QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
  • QA Team:
    • Marcel de Rooy
    • Joonas Kylmälä
    • Josef Moravec
    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Nick Clemens
    • Kyle Hall
    • Martin Renvoize
    • Alex Arnaud
    • Julian Maurice
    • Matthias Meusburger
  • Topic Experts:
    • Elasticsearch — Frédéric Demians
    • REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • UI Design — Owen Leonard
    • Zebra — Fridolin Somers
    • Accounts — Martin Renvoize
    • CAS/Shibboleth — Matthias Meusburger
  • Bug Wranglers:
    • Michal Denár
    • Holly Cooper
    • Henry Bolshaw
    • Lisette Scheer
    • Mengü Yazıcıoğlu
  • Packaging Manager: Mason James
  • Documentation Managers:
    • Caroline Cyr La Rose
    • David Nind
  • Documentation Team:
    • Martin Renvoize
    • Donna Bachowski
    • Lucy Vaux-Harvey
    • Kelly McElligott
    • Jessica Zairo
    • Chris Cormack
    • Henry Bolshaw
    • Jon Drucker
  • Translation Manager: Bernardo González Kriegel
  • Release Maintainers:
    • 20.05 — Lucas Gass
    • 19.11 — Aleisha Amohia
    • 19.05 — Victor Grousset
  • Release Maintainer mentors:
      • 19.11 — Hayley Mapley
      • 19.05 — Martin Renvoize

    Credits

    We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 20.05.05.

    • Colin Campbell (1)
    • Nick Clemens (12)
    • David Cook (5)
    • Jonathan Druart (14)
    • Katrin Fischer (6)
    • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (3)
    • Lucas Gass (11)
    • David Gustafsson (1)
    • Kyle Hall (2)
    • Mason James (1)
    • Joonas Kylmälä (3)
    • Owen Leonard (28)
    • Martin Renvoize (1)
    • Alexis Ripetti (1)
    • Marcel de Rooy (1)
    • Andreas Roussos (1)
    • Fridolin Somers (5)
    • Koha Translators (1)

    We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
    patches to Koha 20.05.05

    • Athens County Public Libraries (28)
    • BibLibre (5)
    • Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) (6)
    • ByWater-Solutions (28)
    • Dataly Tech (1)
    • Göteborgs Universitet (1)
    • Koha Community Developers (14)
    • KohaAloha (1)
    • Prosentient Systems (5)
    • PTFS-Europe (2)
    • Rijks Museum (1)
    • Solutions inLibro inc (1)
    • University of Helsinki (3)

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

    • Bob Bennhoff (6)
    • Henry Bolshaw (2)
    • Nick Clemens (11)
    • Chris Cormack (1)
    • Michal Denar (1)
    • Jonathan Druart (82)
    • Bouzid Fergani (1)
    • Katrin Fischer (52)
    • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (5)
    • Bonnie Gardner (1)
    • Lucas Gass (87)
    • Didier Gautheron (1)
    • Victor Grousset (1)
    • Kyle Hall (4)
    • Sally Healey (1)
    • Heather Hernandez (1)
    • Brandon Jimenez (2)
    • Joonas Kylmälä (4)
    • Owen Leonard (1)
    • Julian Maurice (3)
    • David Nind (22)
    • Martin Renvoize (16)
    • Alexis Ripetti (4)
    • Marcel de Rooy (13)
    • Lisette Scheer (2)
    • Fridolin Somers (1)
    • Arthur Suzuki (5)
    • Timothy Alexis Vass (1)

    We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
    please send a patch against these release notes to
    koha-patches@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 new-security-release-20.05.05.

    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 27 Oct 2020 20:41:22.

RELEASE NOTES FOR KOHA 19.05.16

27 Oct 2020

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.05.16.
This is a security and maintenance release which contains various 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.

Please continue reading for the details this release.

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Koha 20.05.04 Released

by Lucas Gass
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 20.05.04.

Koha 20.05.04 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 security fix, 23 enhancements and, 40 bugfixes.

The full release notes can be viewed here:

Koha 20.05.04 released

Debian packages are available.

Koha 19.11.10 Released

by Aleisha Amohia
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 19.11.10.

Koha 19.11.10 is a security and bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 security fixes, 1 enhancement, 35 bugfixes.

Full release notes can be found here:

Koha 19.11.10 released

Koha 19.05.15 Released

by Victor Grousset
The Koha Community is happy to announce the release of Koha 19.05.15.

Koha 19.05.15 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 4 enhancements, 26 bugfixes.

The full release notes can be found at:

Koha 19.05.15 released

Debian packages will be available shortly.

Thanks to everyone involved 🙂

Community

Notes, Gossip & Announcements

2021 Equinox Open Source Grant

The application period for the 2021 Equinox Open Source Grant is now open. The Equinox Open Source Grant provides project management, training, hosting, and technology support services for the implementation of Koha ILS. Libraries, archives, museums, and other eligible educational, cultural, and information organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted from September 8 through November 1, 2020. The application and submission details can be found here http://bit.ly/EOSG2021. For full announcement details please see the press release available on our website here.

Take a look here to see all the Koha Special Interest Groups available through the Koha-US group.

Kalleen Marquise reports on Koha-US and the challenges of providing library services in 2020:

New Koha Libraries

Koha Tips and Tricks

Amazing new learning resource created by the folks in the Koha-US group. A must see!

Take a look at these new tutorials from PTFS Europe:

Housebound module
In this video, Fiona Borthwick tells us about the Housebound Module or Home Delivery Service in Koha which controls the circulation of material to those who can’t get into their local library.
Koha Tables – a basic guide
Lucy Vaux-Harvey has produced this handy guide to the Koha database tables for you so you can easily find how your data is structured. This is really useful when you are writing or looking at Koha reports.
Batch editing MARC records
Lucy Vaux-Harvey has done this detailed video to show you how to batch edit MARC records in Koha using MARC modification templates.

The team at ByWater Solutions has some great new tutorials for you:

Support Provider News

From ByWater Solutions

From PTFS Europe
Koha available through G-Cloud 12

A very important framework in the UK for public sector procurement of software is the G-Cloud as part of the UK Government Digital Marketplace. For the eighth year, PTFS Europe has been successful in applying to be on the framework to implement and support Koha. Read the news article here.

PTFS Europe Customer Day 2020

Our virtual conference was a great success involving nearly 100 Koha library users from the PTFS Europe customer base. The full agenda involving presentations from five customer organisations as well as PTFS Europe staff is here. The event was live-streamed to YouTube and a video of each session is available here.

From Equinox
#ChatOpenS: Our next #ChatOpenS is going to be dedicated to documentation on October 14, 2020 from 12-1pm EDT. #ChatOpenS is a monthly Twitter Chat to bring together the open source library community.

Upcoming Events

KohaCon 2020 Update!

Kohacon is in 4 weeks! Here’s an update.

Registration
Be sure to register for Kohacon! We can’t emphasize this enough. Knowing exactly who is attending and how (online or in-person) helps us when it comes to supplying food for tea breaks and emailing out workshop sign-ups and video links. Please register here https://2020.kohacon.org/posts/registration/

Certificates of attendance will be provided to those who have registered.

Call for contributions to the Official Kohacon2020 Video
We’re making a Kohacon video and we want to hear from YOU! It will be the next best thing to having you here in NZ. To do this, please send us a short video clip or photograph (created on a mobile phone is fine) in landscape orientation by Friday 2 October (any timezone).

This video will be played during the conference, which will also be streamed on YouTube.

Upload your video clip or photographs of your libraries and people using the link below. Label content clearly with your name and your organization’s name: https://seafile.catalyst.net.nz/u/d/5bbd2f7adb9c43108a27/

Here are some suggestions:
– A quick shot of individuals who would like to say their name and optionally the library they are affiliated with – maybe mention your IRC nickname if you’re an IRC regular.
– A short message to the Koha community
– Tell us something special about your library/organization, or how Koha helped make something better
– Image/video of your library building, especially if it shows something special about your local area.
– Please provide all content in landscape orientation.

We can’t wait to see your videos and photographs!

Kohacon updates
Over on the Kohacon website, we’re posting a series of regular updates to highlight speakers, sponsors, talks, and workshops. You can find those updates on the About page https://2020.kohacon.org/posts/about/

The Koha team at Catalyst / Kohacon2020 organising committee

October General IRC Meeting

The October General IRC meeting will be held the 7th at 20:00 UTC.

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

October Development IRC Meeting

The October Development IRC meeting will be held the 7th at 20:00 UTC.

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

October Documentation IRC Meeting

The October Documentation IRC meeting will be held the 15th at 18:00 UTC.

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

Past Events

September General IRC Meeting

The September General IRC meeting was held the 2nd at 20:00 UTC.

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

September Development IRC Meeting

The September Development IRC meeting was held the 9th at 20:00 UTC.

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

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.11.10.
This is a security and 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.

(more…)

RELEASE NOTES FOR KOHA 20.05.04

22 Sep 2020

Koha is the first free and open source software library automation
package (ILS). Development is sponsored by libraries of varying types
and sizes, volunteers, and support companies from around the world. The
website for the Koha project is:

Koha 20.05.04 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

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

Koha 20.05.04 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 security fix, 23 enhancements and, 40 bugfixes.

System requirements

Koha is continuously tested against the following configurations and as such these are the recommendations for
deployment:

  • Debian Jessie with MySQL 5.5 (End of life)
  • Debian Stretch with MariaDB 10.1
  • Debian Buster with MariaDB 10.3
  • Ubuntu Bionic with MariaDB 10.1
  • Debian Stretch with MySQL 8.0 (Experimental MySQL 8.0 support)

Additional notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required (5.24 is recommended)
  • Zebra or Elasticsearch is required

Koha Security

  • [26322] REST API plugin authorization is not checked anymore

Enhancements

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [23632] Remove C4::Logs::GetLogs
  • [26251] Remove unused routines from svc/split_callnumbers

Cataloging

  • [16314] Show upload link for upload plugin in basic MARC editor

Command-line Utilities

  • [26175] Remove warn if undefined barcode in misc/export_records.pl

Installation and upgrade (web-based installer)

  • [25129] Update German (de-DE) web installer files for 20.05

Notices

  • [25639] Add search queries to HTML so queries can be retrieved via JS

OPAC

  • [26041] Accessibility: The date picker calendar is not keyboard accessible

Reports

  • [25605] Exporting report as a tab delimited file can produce a lot of warnings

Staff Client

  • [26007] Warning/reminder for changes to Koha to MARC mapping

    In current versions of Koha you can no longer change the Koha to MARC mappings from the frameworks, but only from the Koha to MARC mapping page in administration. This patch cleans up the hints on the framework page and adds a well visible note on the Koha to MARC mapping page. Any changes to the mappings require that you run the batchRebuildBiblioTables script to fully take effect.

  • [26182] Clearly pair UpdateItemWhenLostFromHoldList and CanMarkHoldsToPullAsLost system preferences

System Administration

  • [25945] Description of AuthoritySeparator is misleading

Templates

  • [26149] Remove jquery.checkboxes plugin from problem reports page
  • [26150] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from inventory page
  • [26153] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from items lost report
  • [26159] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from batch record delete page
  • [26201] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from batch extend due dates page
  • [26202] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from batch record modification page
  • [26204] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from staff interface lists
  • [26212] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from pending offline circulations
  • [26214] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin on late orders page
  • [26215] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from Z39.50 search pages
  • [26216] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin from catalog search results

Tools

  • [26013] Date on ‘manage staged MARC records’ is not formatted correctly

Critical bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [25750] Fallback to ecost_tax_included, ecost_tax_excluded not happening when no ‘Actual cost’ enteredSponsored by Horowhenua District Council
  • [26082] Follow up to bug 23463 – need to call Koha::Item store to get itemnumber

Circulation

  • [26078] “Item returns to issuing library” creates infinite transfer loop

Fines and fees

  • [26023] Incorrect permissions handling for cashup actions on the library level registers summary page

Hold requests

  • [24683] Holds on biblios with different item types: rules for holds allowed are not applied correctly if any item type is available

Installation and upgrade (command-line installer)

  • [26265] Makefile.PL is missing pos directory

OPAC

  • [26069] Twitter share button leaks information to Twitter

Reports

  • [26090] Catalog by itemtype report fails if SQL strict mode is on

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [26309] Elasticsearch cxn_pool must be configurable (again)

Other bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [25751] When an ORDERED suggestion is edited, the status resets to “No status”

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [21539] addorderiso2709.pl forces librarian to select a ccode and notforloan code when using MarcItemFieldsToOrder
  • [26228] Update gulpfile to work with Node.js v12
  • [26270] XISBN.t is failing since today
  • [26331] svc/letters/preview is not executable which prevents CGI functioning

Cataloging

  • [26233] Edit item date sort still does not sort correctly
  • [26289] Deleting biblio in labeled MARC view doesn’t work

Circulation

  • [25584] When a ‘return claim’ is added, the button disappears, but the claim date doesn’t show up
  • [25958] Allow LongOverdue cron to exclude specified lost values
  • [26076] Paying selected accountlines in full may result in the error “You must pay a value less than or equal to $x”
  • [26361] JS error on returns.tt in 20.05
  • [26362] Overdue report shows incorrect branches for patron, holdingbranch, and homebranch

Fines and fees

  • [26189] Table options on points of sale misaligned

I18N/L10N

  • [25626] Translation issues with OPAC problem reports (status and ‘sent to’)

Installation and upgrade (web-based installer)

  • [25448] Update German (de-DE) framework files

OPAC

  • [26119] Patron attribute option to display in OPAC is not compatible with PatronSelfRegistrationVerifyByEmail
  • [26127] When reporting an Error from the OPAC, the URL does not display
  • [26388] Renew all and Renew selected buttons should account for items that can’t be renewed

Packaging

  • [25778] koha-plack puts duplicate entries into PERL5LIB when multiple instances named

REST API

  • [25662] Create hold route does not check maxreserves syspref
  • [26271] Call to /api/v1/patrons//account returns 500 error if manager_id is NULL

Reports

  • [17801] ‘Top Most-circulated items’ gives wrong results when filtering by checkout date

SIP2

  • [25903] Sending a SIP patron information request with a summary field flag in indexes 6-9 will crash server

Searching

  • [17661] Differences in field ending (whitespace, punctuation) cause duplicate facets

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [25872] Advanced search on OPAC with limiter but no search term fails when re-sorted
  • [26313] “Show analytics” and “Show volumes” links don’t work with Elasticsearch and UseControlNumber

Self checkout

  • [25791] SCO print dialog pops up twice

Templates

  • [26213] Remove the use of jquery.checkboxes plugin when adding orders from MARC file
  • [26324] Spelling error resizeable vs resizable

Test Suite

  • [24147] Objects.t is failing randomly

Tools

  • [26236] log viewer does not translate the interface properly

    New sysprefs

  • DefaultLongOverdueSkipLostStatuses

Documentation

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

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the
Koha manual is available:

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 (100%)
  • Armenian (100%)
  • Armenian (Classical) (99.7%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (94.1%)
  • Czech (81.5%)
  • English (New Zealand) (67.7%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (70.4%)
  • French (82.1%)
  • French (Canada) (96%)
  • German (97.7%)
  • German (Switzerland) (75.5%)
  • Greek (60.6%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (81.4%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (72.2%)
  • Polish (74%)
  • Portuguese (88.3%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (99.4%)
  • Slovak (89.1%)
  • Spanish (100%)
  • Swedish (78.5%)
  • Telugu (90.9%)
  • Turkish (93.5%)
  • Ukrainian (65.9%)

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 20.05.04 is

  • Release Manager: Martin Renvoize
  • Release Manager assistants:
    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Jonathan Druart
  • QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
  • QA Team:
    • Jonathan Druart
    • Marcel de Rooy
    • Joonas Kylmälä
    • Josef Moravec
    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Nick Clemens
    • Kyle Hall
  • Topic Experts:
    • SIP2 — Colin Campbell
    • EDI — Colin Campbell
    • Elasticsearch — Fridolin Somers
    • REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • ILS-DI — Arthur Suzuki
    • UI Design — Owen Leonard
    • ILL — Andrew Isherwood
  • Bug Wranglers:
    • Michal Denár
    • Cori Lynn Arnold
    • Lisette Scheer
    • Amit Gupta
  • Packaging Manager: Mason James
  • Documentation Managers:
    • Caroline Cyr La Rose
    • David Nind
  • Documentation Team:
    • Donna Bachowski
    • Lucy Vaux-Harvey
    • Sugandha Bajaj
  • Translation Manager: Bernardo González Kriegel
  • Release Maintainers:
    • 19.11 — Joy Nelson
    • 19.05 — Lucas Gass
    • 18.11 — Hayley Mapley
  • Release Maintainer mentors:
    • 19.11 — Martin Renvoize
    • 19.05 — Nick Clemens
    • 18.11 — Chris Cormack

Credits

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 20.05.04:

  • Horowhenua District Council

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 20.05.04.

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (8)
  • Alex Buckley (1)
  • Colin Campbell (1)
  • Nick Clemens (12)
  • David Cook (3)
  • Jonathan Druart (14)
  • Katrin Fischer (6)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (2)
  • Lucas Gass (8)
  • Didier Gautheron (1)
  • Kyle Hall (7)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (2)
  • Owen Leonard (14)
  • Andrew Nugged (5)
  • Martin Renvoize (4)
  • Marcel de Rooy (4)
  • Caroline Cyr La Rose (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (1)
  • Koha Translators (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 20.05.04

  • Athens County Public Libraries (14)
  • BibLibre (2)
  • Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) (6)
  • ByWater-Solutions (29)
  • Catalyst (1)
  • Independant Individuals (5)
  • Koha Community Developers (14)
  • Prosentient Systems (3)
  • PTFS-Europe (5)
  • Rijks Museum (4)
  • Solutions inLibro inc (1)
  • Theke Solutions (8)
  • University of Helsinki (2)

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

  • Marco Abi-Ramia (1)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (4)
  • Nick Clemens (5)
  • Rebecca Coert (1)
  • Holly Cooper (2)
  • Sarah Cornell (1)
  • Jonathan Druart (76)
  • Katrin Fischer (47)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (2)
  • Daniel Gaghan (1)
  • Jeff Gaines (1)
  • Lucas Gass (86)
  • Didier Gautheron (1)
  • Amit Gupta (12)
  • Kyle Hall (6)
  • Sally Healey (4)
  • Brandon Jimenez (2)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (3)
  • Owen Leonard (7)
  • Kelly McElligott (4)
  • Josef Moravec (1)
  • Agustín Moyano (5)
  • David Nind (1)
  • Martin Renvoize (20)
  • Marcel de Rooy (2)
  • Lisette Scheer (4)
  • Fridolin Somers (8)
  • Emmi Takkinen (1)

We regret any omissions. If a contributor has been inadvertently missed,
please send a patch against these release notes to
koha-patches@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 new-security-release-20.05.04.

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 22 Sep 2020 18:14:38.

RELEASE NOTES FOR KOHA 19.05.15

22 Sep 2020

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.05.15.
This is a security and maintenance release which contains various 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.

Please continue reading for the details this release.

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Development

Koha 20.05.03 Released

by Lucas Gass
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of 20.05.03.

Koha 20.05.03 is a bugfix/maintenance release. It includes 3 security fixes, 44 enhancements, 67 bugfixes.

The full release notes can be viewed here:

Koha 20.05.03 security release

Debian packages are available.

Koha 19.11.09 Released

by Aleisha Amohia
The Koha community is proud to announce the release of Koha 19.11.09.

Thank you very much to everyone involved in this release.

Koha 19.11.09 is a security and bugfix/maintenance release. It includes 3 security fixes, 8 enhancements, 45 bugfixes.

Full release notes can be found here:

Koha 19.11.09 released

Koha 19.05.14 Released

by Victor Grousset
The Koha Community is happy to announce the release of Koha 19.05.14.

Koha 19.05.14 is a bugfix/maintenance release with security fixes. It includes 3 security fixes, 6 enhancements, 11 bugfixes.

The full release notes can be found at:

Koha 19.05.14 released

Debian packages are available.

Equinox Announces Update to Curbside Pickup Plugin for Koha ILS

Duluth, Ga., August 28, 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to
announce completion of the latest update to the Curbside Pickup plugin for libraries
using Koha ILS. This improvement will allow Koha libraries to immediately make
use of the plugin without having to pay for additional development services or wait
for a technical change to the core Koha ILS.

The specifications and workflow for the new Koha plugin were designed by Equinox
staff this past July based off of the Curbside Pickup functionality developed by
Equinox for the Evergreen ILS in June. The Koha Curbside Pickup plugin provides
new staff management tools for coordinating curbside pickup services and
expediting communications using the ILS. These staff management tools include
setting pickup intervals, setting the number of pickup slots allowed per interval, and
whether patrons may directly schedule their own appointments. The development
work completed by Equinox this week removes a technical barrier in the Koha
system, allowing libraries to quickly deploy the new plugin without added cost.

Community

New Koha Libraries

Koha Tips and Tricks

Take a look at these new tutorials from PTFS Europe:

  • What’s on our Mind: EDI ordering using EDIFACT in Koha. Jonathan Field has produced this EDI 101 guide which gives an overview of Setup, Workflow and Field mapping in the EDIFACT module.

The team at ByWater Solutions has some great new tutorials for you:

Support Provider News

From PTFS Europe
Discussion on Koha reporting

We ran a customer discussion session on reporting in Koha and here is a link to a recording of the session. Janet McGowan, Lucy Vaux-Harvey and Fiona Borthwick gave demonstrations as follows:

  • Email notices from reports and an emailer plugin
  • Batch modification of patrons and items from reports
  • Adding charts to reports

PTFS Europe Customer Day
We are running a virtual conference for our customers right on 30 September which we will be live-streaming to our YouTube channel. Videos of the conference sessions will also be available on the channel after the event.

From Equinox
#ChatOpenS: September 16, 2020, 3-4pm EDT with Chris Cormack guest moderating. Networking Twitter Chat bringing those interested in open source in libraries together.

Upcoming Events

KohaCon 2020 Update!

53 days until Kohacon! We’re really excited and we hope you are, too.

This is a short update reminder from us this month – be sure to register for Kohacon!
Registration https://2020.kohacon.org/posts/registration/

Certificates of attendance will be provided to those who have registered.

We will send out links for viewing presentations prior to the conference. For those participating in online workshops, we will send out the links and access code to those who register.

The conference will go ahead regardless of the status of Covid-19 restrictions. The conference will be completely online if required, however, we have plans for NZ participants to also gather in Wellington, in person. We hope to see as many NZ speakers and delegates as possible.

We are thinking about ways to enjoy each others company, even though that cannot be in person for us all. Watch this space for links and updates about sponsor rooms, online social hangouts, a live DJ, and more.

The programme has changed since we first launched it in February of this year and we would encourage you to take another look!
Programme https://2020.kohacon.org/posts/programme/

Sent with thanks to our very generous sponsors:
Pounamu: Bywater solutions, Catayst IT, EBSCO, and Equinox OLI.
Mānuka Honey: FE Technologies, Linux Australia, and PTFS Europe.

Please direct any questions to kohacon2020@catalyst.net.nz

Nā mātou noa, nā,
Koha team at Catalyst NZ

September General IRC Meeting

The September General IRC meeting will be held the 2nd at 20:00 UTC.

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

September Development IRC Meeting

The September Development IRC meeting will be held the 9th of September 2020, 20:00 UTC.

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

Past Events

Koha ILS Users Philippines held Koha ILS Discussion Series

by Eugene Jose T. Espinoza and Raul V. Migriño, Jr.

The Koha ILS Users Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1470467196524189/) held five Discussion Series through Google Meet tackling various topics regarding Koha ILS. The series began last June 6 and culminated on August 15, 2020.

Below are the list of topics per date:
• June 20 – Koha Modules
• July 4 – Koha Installation
• July 18 – OPAC Customization
• August 1 – Data Migration using MARCEdit
• August 15 – Koha notifications

This Discussion series was based on a poll put up by Manuel Tamayao last June 14, 2020 which gathered 38 responses. Each episode of the discussion series was graced with one or two Koha specialists. Each episode was primarily led by Eugene Espinoza representing one of the two Koha specialists while a host moderates the forum. The series was a hands-on discussion type wherein community participants were asked to try out, in real time, what has been demonstrated by the facilitator.

The Discussion series was attended by current Koha ILS users as well as prospective Koha ILS users. Regular attendees include Jerwyn Fernandez and Ram Migrino who both played a major role in the organization of KohaCon2017 in Philippines.

Newcomer Benjade Palermo from University of Mindanao and Anna Gefreliz Erpelo from University of Rizal System were also regular attendees.

This discussion series was conceptualized primarily to enliven the Koha ILS Users Philippines as well as to reach out to Filipino Koha users having concerns in any phase of their Koha implementation but having no resources or means to address the same.

Koha ILS Users Philippines hopes to hold similar activities in the future.

August General IRC Meeting

The August General IRC meeting was held the 5th of August 2020, 14:00 UTC.

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

August Development IRC Meeting

The August Development IRC meeting was held the 12th of August 2020, 14:00 UTC.

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

August Documentation IRC Meeting

The August Documentation IRC meeting was held the 13th August 2020, 19:00 UTC.

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