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Volume 12, Issue 4
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
26 April 2021 Koha 20.11.05 stable
26 April 2021 Koha 20.05.11 oldstable
26 April 2021 Koha 19.11.17 oldoldstable

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

New Koha revisions

On 26 April 2021 Fridolin Somers announced the release of Koha 20.11.05. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 8 enhancements and 61 bugfixes.

On 26 April 2021 Andrew Fuerste-Henry announced the release of Koha 20.05.11. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 1 enhancement and 49 bugfixes.

On 26 April Victor Grousset announced the release of Koha 19.11.17. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 2 bugfixes.

Community

Notes, gossip and announcements

New Koha libraries

Germany
United Kingdom
USA

Koha tips and tricks

Support provider news

Surveys

Upcoming events

Equinox EDU Spotlight

Equinox is starting a new series called the “Equinox EDU Spotlight”. It is a free and open webinar series. The upcoming first one on 19 May 2021 is on the Koha housebound module. Registration is here.

koha-US 2021 Conference

on 15 April koha-US announced that their 2021 conference will be held in
McKinney (TX) from 21 to 24 September (Tuesday to Friday) 2021. They plan a hybrid conference with both in-person and online attendance and participation options.

They are currently seeking proposals for presentations, both in-person and online presenters are welcome. For those participating online, they will be considering both live and pre-recorded presentations.

Their theme this year is “Fresh perspectives”. All are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences – no topic is off limits. Submit your proposals here – the deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, 21 May 2021.

For more details see https://koha-us.org/conference2021/

Webinar on digital library software

On 23 April Mohan Raj Pradhan announced that Vufind Software is conducting a webinar on digital library software with focus on Koha ILS, Dspace, Vufind, WordPress and Subjectsplus from 26 to 29 May 2021. The participation is free of cost and will be enrolled first come first serve.

Upcoming meetings

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.

Past events

Past meetings

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.

French virtual hackathon

by Sonia Bouis

Between the 31st of March and the 2nd of April, the French association KohaLa, organized a virtual hackathon.

There were around 15 people and we were divided in three groups: translation, UNIMARC integration and relationships between Koha and the national bibliographic system for academic libraries.

Despite it was only online, it was a great moment. A lot of translation was made and a lot of questions were raised to understand the process of translation of Koha and the manual. We worked to integrate new UNIMARC IFLA fields in Zebra and Elasticsearch indexes: one patch have been signed and two have been completed and are now waiting to be signed.

The third group has described a lot of functional needs in order to create a plugin that will be able to deal with the web services of the national bibliographic agency. The purpose is to permit automatic checking on bibliographic and authorities data in Koha.

Beyond the work achieved during these three days, it brought back motivation to every one and we plan to see each other more often.

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The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.11.17.

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 20.11.05.

Koha 20.05.11 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

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

Koha 20.05.11 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 1 enhancements, 49 bugfixes.

System requirements

You can learn about the system components (like OS and database) for running Koha here:

https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/System_requirements_and_recommendations

Enhancements

OPAC

  • [27991] Message field for checkout notes should have a maxlength set

Critical bugs fixed

Fines and fees

  • [25508] Confusing renewal message when paying accruing fine with RenewAccruingItemWhenPaid turned off
  • [27927] longoverdue cronjob renews items before marking lost when both RenewAccruingItemWhenPaid and WhenLostForgiveFine are enabled

Hold requests

  • [27529] Cannot place hold on OPAC if hold_fullfillment_policy is set to group and OPACAllowUserToChooseBranch not allowed

Patrons

  • [26517] Avoid deleting patrons with permission

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [26312] Add some error handling during Elasticsearch indexing

Tools

  • [28015] Inventory tool fails when timeformat=12h

Other bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [27900] regression: add from existing record with null results deadends
  • [28003] Invoice adjustments using inactive budgets do not indicate that status
  • [28077] Missing colon on suggestion modification page
  • [28103] Barcode fails when adding item during order receival

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [27807] API DataTables Wrapper fails for ordered on multiple columns
  • [28053] Warning in C4::Members::patronflags
  • [28156] Koha::Account::Line->renewable must be named is_renewable

Cataloging

  • [27738] Set fallback for unset DefaultCountryField008 to |||, “no attempt to code”
  • [27739] Advanced editor should use DefaultCountryField008 system preference rather than hardcoding xxu
  • [28123] Commas in file names of uploaded files cause inconsistently broken 856$u links

Command-line Utilities

  • [27656] misc/cronjobs/longoverdue.pl better error message

Fines and fees

  • [28097] t/db_dependent/Koha/Account/Line.t test fails with FinesMode set to calculate
  • [28147] Pass itemnumber when writing off a single debit

Hold requests

  • [18729] Librarian unable to update hold pickup library from patron pages without “modify_holds_priority” permission
  • [26999] “Any library” not translatable on the hold list
  • [27921] Timestamp in holds log is out of date when a hold is marked as waiting
  • [28118] Fix missing “selected” attribute in “Pickup at” dropdown

Lists

  • [28069] Can’t sort lists on staff client

OPAC

  • [27726] OPACProblemReports cuts off message text
  • [27940] Fix missing email in OpacMaintenance page

    This fixes no email address being shown on the OPAC maintenance page for “site administrator” link (when OpacMaintenance is set). Before this the link was showing as an empty “mailto:” instead of the value of KohaAdminEmailAddress

  • [27979] Multiple item URIs break redirect if TrackClicks enabled

    Sponsored by Catalyst

  • [28021] OPAC detail page contains incorrect Bootstrap classes (20.05.x)

    This patch fixes some bad Bootstrap classes introduced to 20.05 via a bad backport.

  • [28094] Fix bad encoding of OVERRIDE_SYSPREF_LibraryName

Patrons

  • [27937] Date of birth entered without correct format causes internal server error
  • [28043] Some patron clubs operations don’t work from later pages of results

SIP2

  • [27936] AllowItemsOnHoldCheckoutSIP does not allow checkout of items currently waiting for a hold
  • [28052] keys omitted in check for system preference override
  • [28054] SIPServer.pm is a program and requires a shebang

Searching

  • [26679] Genre tags linking to subject search, causing null results
  • [27746] Use of uninitialized value $oclc in pattern match (m//) error at C4/Koha.pm
  • [27928] FindDuplicate is hardcoded to use Zebra
  • [28074] Browse controls on staff detail pages are sometimes weird

Serials

  • [27397] Serials: The description input field when defining numbering patterns is too short

System Administration

  • [27999] Display the description of authorized values category
  • [28121] Wrong punctuation on desk deletion

Templates

  • [28004] Incomplete breadcrumbs in authorized valued

    This patch fixes some incorrect displays within the breadcrumbs on authorised_values.tt

  • [28032] Button corrections in point of sale pages
  • [28042] Button corrections in OAI set mappings template

Tools

  • [26942] TinyMCE in the News Tool is still doing some types of automatic code cleanup
  • [27963] touch_all_items.pl script is not working at all
  • [28044] Calendar: Tables with closed days are no longer color coded

Z39.50 / SRU / OpenSearch Servers

  • [26528] Koha return no result if there’s invalid records in Z39.50/SRU server reply
  • [28112] Z39.50 does not populate form with all passed criteria

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 (98.7%)
  • Armenian (100%)
  • Armenian (Classical) (99.7%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (94.2%)
  • Czech (80.7%)
  • English (New Zealand) (66.7%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (70.4%)
  • French (85%)
  • French (Canada) (97.3%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (74.4%)
  • Greek (62.2%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (100%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (71.1%)
  • Polish (79.3%)
  • Portuguese (86.7%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (98%)
  • Russian (86.5%)
  • Slovak (89.7%)
  • Spanish (99.7%)
  • Swedish (79.5%)
  • Telugu (92.5%)
  • Turkish (100%)
  • Ukrainian (66.4%)

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 20.05.11 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 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 libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 20.05.11:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 20.05.11.

  • Aleisha Amohia (1)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (6)
  • Colin Campbell (2)
  • Nick Clemens (8)
  • David Cook (2)
  • Jonathan Druart (11)
  • Magnus Enger (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (2)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (6)
  • Lucas Gass (4)
  • Didier Gautheron (1)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (1)
  • Owen Leonard (7)
  • Catherine Ma (1)
  • Séverine Queune (2)
  • Martin Renvoize (9)
  • Phil Ringnalda (2)
  • Fridolin Somers (3)
  • Koha Translators (1)
  • Petro Vashchuk (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 20.05.11

  • Athens County Public Libraries (7)
  • BibLibre (4)
  • Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) (2)
  • Bibliothèque Universitaire des Langues et Civilisations (BULAC) (2)
  • ByWater-Solutions (18)
  • Chetco Community Public Library (2)
  • Independant Individuals (3)
  • Koha Community Developers (11)
  • Libriotech (1)
  • Prosentient Systems (2)
  • PTFS-Europe (11)
  • Theke Solutions (6)
  • University of Helsinki (1)

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

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (4)
  • Donna Bachowski (1)
  • Nick Clemens (13)
  • Jonathan Druart (57)
  • Katrin Fischer (11)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (69)
  • Lucas Gass (2)
  • Victor Grousset (1)
  • Amit Gupta (9)
  • Kyle M Hall (2)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (10)
  • Owen Leonard (13)
  • Julian Maurice (2)
  • David Nind (13)
  • Séverine Queune (3)
  • Martin Renvoize (23)
  • Marcel de Rooy (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (62)
  • Petro Vashchuk (2)

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 rmain2005.

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 26 Apr 2021 19:42:03.

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 20.11.05.

Koha 20.11.05 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

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

Koha 20.11.05 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 8 enhancements, 61 bugfixes.

System requirements

These are the recommendations for deployment.

Enhancements

Command-line Utilities

  • [26459] Allow sip_cli_emulator to handle cancelling holds
  • [27839] koha-worker missing tab-completion in bash

OPAC

  • [27991] Message field for checkout notes should have a maxlength set

Templates

  • [25846] Improve handling of multiple covers on catalog search results in the staff client

    This enhancement updates the staff interface catalog search results to improve the display of multiple covers associated with each search result:

    • Adlibris
    • Amazon
    • Google
    • OpenLibrary
    • Local cover images (including multiple local cover images)
    • Coce (serving up Amazon, Google, and OpenLibrary images)
    • Images from the CustomCoverImages preference
      A single cover is now displayed for each result, with controls for scrolling through any other available cover.
  • [26970] Add row highlight on drag in Elasticsearch mapping template
  • [28006] Restore “Additional fields” link on serials navigation menu
  • [28046] Add “Additional fields” link on acquisition navigation menu
  • [28132] Remove “this” from button descriptions on basket and basket group pages

Critical bugs fixed

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [26705] System preference NoticeBcc not working

    The Email::Stuffer library we use, doesn’t handle Bcc as Mail::Sendmail does. So Bcc handling wasn’t working as expected. This patchset adds support for explicitly handling Bcc (including the NoticeBcc feature) to our Koha::Email library.

Circulation

  • [28136] Transferred holds are not triggering

Fines and fees

  • [25508] Confusing renewal message when paying accruing fine with RenewAccruingItemWhenPaid turned off
  • [27796] SIP payment types should not be available as refund types
  • [27927] longoverdue cronjob renews items before marking lost when both RenewAccruingItemWhenPaid and WhenLostForgiveFine are enabled

Hold requests

  • [27529] Cannot place hold on OPAC if hold_fullfillment_policy is set to group and OPACAllowUserToChooseBranch not allowed

Notices

Patrons

  • [25946] borrowerRelationship can no longer be empty
  • [26517] Avoid deleting patrons with permission

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [26312] Add some error handling during Elasticsearch indexing

Tools

  • [28015] Inventory tool fails when timeformat=12h

Other bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [27900] regression: add from existing record with null results deadends
  • [28003] Invoice adjustments using inactive budgets do not indicate that status
  • [28077] Missing colon on suggestion modification page
  • [28103] Barcode fails when adding item during order receival

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [24000] Some modules do not return 1
  • [27807] API DataTables Wrapper fails for ordered on multiple columns
  • [28053] Warning in C4::Members::patronflags
  • [28156] Koha::Account::Line->renewable must be named is_renewable

Cataloging

  • [27738] Set fallback for unset DefaultCountryField008 to |||, “no attempt to code”
  • [27739] Advanced editor should use DefaultCountryField008 system preference rather than hardcoding xxu
  • [28123] Commas in file names of uploaded files cause inconsistently broken 856$u links

Circulation

  • [27969] On checkin, relabel “Remember due date” as “Remember return date”

Command-line Utilities

  • [27656] misc/cronjobs/longoverdue.pl better error message

Fines and fees

  • [28097] t/db_dependent/Koha/Account/Line.t test fails with FinesMode set to calculate
  • [28147] Pass itemnumber when writing off a single debit

Hold requests

  • [18729] Librarian unable to update hold pickup library from patron pages without “modify_holds_priority” permission
  • [26999] “Any library” not translatable on the hold list
  • [27921] Timestamp in holds log is out of date when a hold is marked as waiting
  • [28118] Fix missing “selected” attribute in “Pickup at” dropdown

Lists

  • [28069] Can’t sort lists on staff client

Notices

  • [28017] Allow non-FQDN and IP addresses in emails

OPAC

  • [27726] OPACProblemReports cuts off message text
  • [27748] Encoding problem in link to OverDrive results
  • [27881] Markup error in masthead-langmenu.inc
  • [27889] Form fields in OPAC are “out of shape”

    This patch tweaks the CSS for the advanced search form in the OPAC so that it adjusts well at various browser widths, including preventing the form from taking up the whole width of the page at higher browser widths.

  • [27940] Fix missing email in OpacMaintenance page

    This fixes no email address being shown on the OPAC maintenance page for “site administrator” link (when OpacMaintenance is set). Before this the link was showing as an empty “mailto:” instead of the value of KohaAdminEmailAddress

  • [27961] External track clicks links should get uri filtered

    Sponsored by Parliamentary Library New Zealand

  • [27979] Multiple item URIs break redirect if TrackClicks enabled

    Sponsored by Catalyst

  • [28094] Fix bad encoding of OVERRIDE_SYSPREF_LibraryName

Patrons

  • [27937] Date of birth entered without correct format causes internal server error
  • [28043] Some patron clubs operations don’t work from later pages of results

SIP2

  • [27936] AllowItemsOnHoldCheckoutSIP does not allow checkout of items currently waiting for a hold
  • [28052] keys omitted in check for system preference override
  • [28054] SIPServer.pm is a program and requires a shebang

Searching

  • [26679] Genre tags linking to subject search, causing null results
  • [27746] Use of uninitialized value $oclc in pattern match (m//) error at C4/Koha.pm
  • [27928] FindDuplicate is hardcoded to use Zebra
  • [28074] Browse controls on staff detail pages are sometimes weird

Serials

  • [27397] Serials: The description input field when defining numbering patterns is too short

Staff Client

  • [27926] Date of birth sorting with British English format is broken

System Administration

  • [27999] Display the description of authorized values category
  • [28121] Wrong punctuation on desk deletion

Templates

  • [28004] Incomplete breadcrumbs in authorized valued

    This patch fixes some incorrect displays within the breadcrumbs on authorised_values.tt

  • [28032] Button corrections in point of sale pages
  • [28042] Button corrections in OAI set mappings template

Tools

  • [26942] TinyMCE in the News Tool is still doing some types of automatic code cleanup
  • [27963] touch_all_items.pl script is not working at all
  • [28044] Calendar: Tables with closed days are no longer color coded

Z39.50 / SRU / OpenSearch Servers

  • [26528] Koha return no result if there’s invalid records in Z39.50/SRU server reply
  • [28112] Z39.50 does not populate form with all passed criteria

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 (99.6%)
  • Armenian (100%)
  • Armenian (Classical) (89%)
  • Catalan; Valencian (52.7%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (89.2%)
  • Czech (73.1%)
  • English (New Zealand) (59.6%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (78.2%)
  • French (88.4%)
  • French (Canada) (91.2%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (67%)
  • Greek (60.8%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (100%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (63.5%)
  • Polish (83.7%)
  • Portuguese (77.3%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (94.6%)
  • Russian (94.2%)
  • Slovak (80.8%)
  • Spanish (98.9%)
  • Swedish (74.6%)
  • Telugu (79.9%)
  • Turkish (96.9%)
  • Ukrainian (64.3%)

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 20.11.05 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 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 libraries who are known to have sponsored
new features in Koha 20.11.05:

  • Catalyst
  • Parliamentary Library New Zealand

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 20.11.05.

  • Aleisha Amohia (2)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (17)
  • Colin Campbell (2)
  • Nick Clemens (12)
  • David Cook (2)
  • Jonathan Druart (13)
  • Magnus Enger (2)
  • Katrin Fischer (2)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (2)
  • Lucas Gass (3)
  • Didier Gautheron (1)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (1)
  • Owen Leonard (14)
  • Catherine Ma (1)
  • James O’Keeffe (1)
  • Séverine Queune (2)
  • Martin Renvoize (15)
  • Phil Ringnalda (2)
  • Marcel de Rooy (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (9)
  • Koha Translators (1)
  • Petro Vashchuk (4)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 20.11.05

  • Athens County Public Libraries (14)
  • BibLibre (10)
  • Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) (2)
  • Bibliothèque Universitaire des Langues et Civilisations (BULAC) (2)
  • ByWater-Solutions (17)
  • Catalyst Open Source Academy (2)
  • Chetco Community Public Library (2)
  • Independant Individuals (6)
  • Koha Community Developers (13)
  • Libriotech (2)
  • Prosentient Systems (2)
  • PTFS-Europe (17)
  • Rijks Museum (1)
  • Theke Solutions (17)
  • University of Helsinki (1)

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

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (3)
  • Donna Bachowski (1)
  • Nick Clemens (15)
  • Jonathan Druart (96)
  • Katrin Fischer (22)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (8)
  • Lucas Gass (2)
  • Victor Grousset (3)
  • Amit Gupta (9)
  • Kyle M Hall (13)
  • Sally Healey (1)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (11)
  • Owen Leonard (13)
  • Julian Maurice (2)
  • Kelly McElligott (1)
  • David Nind (22)
  • Séverine Queune (5)
  • Martin Renvoize (34)
  • Phil Ringnalda (1)
  • Marcel de Rooy (2)
  • Fridolin Somers (100)
  • Petro Vashchuk (2)

We thank the following individuals who mentored new contributors to the Koha project.

  • Andrew Nugged

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 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 26 avril 2021 12:40:23.

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Development

Current Koha versions

Read the respective release notes by clicking the revision number.

Date Revision Notes
24 March 2021 Koha 20.11.04 stable
23 March 2021 Koha 20.05.10 oldstable
24 March 2021 Koha 19.11.16 oldoldstable

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

New Koha revisions

On 24 March 2021 Fridolin Somers announced the release of Koha 20.11.04. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 9 enhancements and 53 bugfixes.

On 24 March Victor Grousset announced the release of Koha 19.11.16. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 10 bugfixes.

On 23 March 2021 Andrew Fuerste-Henry announced the release of Koha 20.05.10. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 1 enhancement and 40 bugfixes.

Community

New Koha libraries

Germany
Taiwan
USA

Koha tips and tricks

Support provider news

Women in Open Source

Kalleen Marquise (Bywater Solutions) has conducted a series of interviews with women in Open Source – and Koha.

Upcoming events

KohaCon 2021

At the general meeting on 17 March it was announced that the Koha Pakistan Community and the National Library of Pakistan will be hosting KohaCon 2021!

The proposed dates for the conference are 14 to 30 November 2021 and it will be organized as a hybrid in-person/online conference. For those who are able to travel, the in-person conference will be held at the National Library of Pakistan, in Islamabad.

The Pakistani community has a lot of experience in organizing conferences as they have been organizing open source summits and Koha conferences for the past several years with great success. All information abouth their proposal can be found at https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/KohaCon21_Proposals

The Koha Pakistan Community will keep us updated on the details in the upcoming months.

Koha-D-A-CH-Anwendertreffen

The upcoming “3. Koha-D-A-CH-Anwendertreffen” for German speaking Koha users from Austria, Germany and Switzerland will be held on 9 June 2021.

Kohathon 2021 cancelled

At the koha-US meeting of 10 March the koha-US conference committee made the decision to cancel the planned Kohathon 2021 that was scheduled for 28 April.

They didn’t receive many submissions for presentations and it seemed to them like they weren’t going to have enough content to fill the schedule and everyone on the conference committee agreed that cancellation was their best option.

New UK user group

Matthew Hale writes:

“With a growing number of health libraries in the UK using Koha we have decided to set up a specific user group, and are holding an inaugural meeting via Zoom on Wednesday 12th May at 2.00 pm GMT.

We are supported by PTFS Europe but the user group is independent and at its core will be exchange of experience and knowledge at a user level – the meeting is open to anyone using, or interested in using Koha in a health library context.

For more details or to request a link to the meeting contact Matthew Hale at the King’s Fund Library (m.hale@kingsfund.org.uk)”

Open source Twitter chat #ChatOpenSOpen

The next Open source Twitter chat with Becky Yoose (LDH Consulting Services) is on Twitter with the hashtag #ChatOpenS on 13 April , 12-1 pm EDT. It’s a networking chat to bring the open source library community together.

Open Source live

Open Source live is a quarterly conversation about libraries and open source. It will stream Thursday, 22 April at 1 pm ET and talk about open source topics involving academic, public, and special libraries.

Special guests James Mitchell (University of North Alabama Collier Library) and Robert Wilson (Middle Tennessee State University James E. Walker Library) will speak about their LITA guide on open source library systems and also revitalizing the open source ALA Special Interest Group. There will also be comments by other in the open source community about upgrades and developments!

Upcoming meetings

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.

Past events

Past meetings

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 20.11.04.

Koha 20.11.04 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

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

Koha 20.11.04 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

It includes 9 enhancements, 53 bugfixes.

System requirements

These are the recommendations for deployment.

Enhancements

Acquisitions

  • [27794] Add link to biblio in lateorders page

    This patch modifies the display of bibliographic records in the acquisitions report of late orders so that the title of the record is a link to the corresponding bibliographic details page.

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [27930] Move escape* functions from acq/parcel.tt to be re-usable

Authentication

  • [18506] SSO – Shibboleth Only Mode

    This enhancement adds a system preference to allow libraries to enable shibboleth to work as the only authentication method available for their library and as such practice fully devolved authentication.

    When combined with the OpacPublic preference, this can be used to enable seamless Single Sign On, where the user simply browses to the OPAC in their web browser and if already logged in on their domain they will automatically be logged in in koha too.

Command-line Utilities

  • [27048] Add timestamps to verbose output of rebuild_zebra.pl

Hold requests

  • [24359] Remove items from Holds Queue when checked in

    This development makes Koha trigger an update on the holds queue when items are checked in. This way, the holds queue will be updated faster than the default 1 hour frequency (cronjob).

    Note: this doesn’t trigger the more expensive task of recalculating the whole queue, which remains a cronjob-based task.

MARC Bibliographic record staging/import

  • [26199] Record matching rule match check should include Leader/LDR

    This patch extends the functionality of the existing record matching rules by allowing comparisons based on the fixed-length MARC leader. To reference the leader in a matching rule, enter “LDR” for the MARC tag in your matching rule setup. The offset and length values can be used to further refine your match.

REST API

  • [27366] Add GET /patrons/:patron_id/holds

    This enhancements adds the GET /patrons/{patron_id}/holds endpoint to the REST API.

SIP2

  • [26591] Add a choice to prevent the checkout or warn the user if CheckPrevCheckout is used via SIP2

    Some libraries would like patrons to be able to check out items with prior checkouts via SIP even if the CheckPrevIssue preference is enabled.

    This feature is enabled by adding the flag prevcheckout_block_checkout to an account in the SIP configuration file, and setting the value of it to “0”.

Templates

  • [27792] Improve jEditable configuration for point of sale fields

    This patch improves interactions with inline-editable fields in the Point of Sale interface to prevent jumpy table re-draws and to enforce the required currenty/number input types.

Critical bugs fixed

Acquisitions

  • [26997] Database Mysql Version 8.0.22 failed to Update During Upgrade
  • [27828] New order from staged file is broken

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [26363] Provide a systemd unit file for background_jobs_worker
  • [27534] koha upgrade throws SQL error while applying Bug 25333 – Change message transport type for Talking Tech from “phone” to “itiva”
  • [27821] sanitize_zero_date does not handle datetime

Circulation

  • [26208] Overdues restrictions not consistently removed when renewing multiple items at once
  • [26457] DB DeadLock when renewing checkout items
  • [27808] Item’s onloan column remains unset if a checked out item is issued to another patron without being returned first

Hold requests

  • [27071] Hold pickup library match not enforced correctly on intranet when using hold groups

    When using library groups, the rules for placing holds did not always work as expected. This fixes these rules so that when patrons are part of a library in a group, they can only place a hold for items held in that library group. It also improves the error messages.

    Example:

    • There are two library groups with distinct libraries in each (Group A and B).
    • Default rules for all libraries are: Hold Policy = “From local hold group” and Hold pickup library match to “Patron’s hold group”, AllowHoldPolicyOverride is Don’t allow.
    • You can place a hold for a patron that belongs to one of the Group A libraries, for an item only held in a Group A library.
    • You can’t place a hold for that item for a patron from a Group B library.

Holidays

  • [27835] Closed days offsets with one day

MARC Authority data support

  • [27737] Tag editor for authority lookup broken in authority editor

    This patch changes the markup structure for the authorities editor so that it better matches that of the basic bibliographic record editor. This allows the authority-linking JavaScript to correctly target fields on both pages.

OPAC

  • [27626] Patron self-registration breaks if categorycode and password are hidden
  • [27860] Bad KohaAdminEmailAddress breaks patron self registration and password reset feature

Patrons

  • [27933] Order patron search broken (dateofbirth, cardnumber, expirationdate)

Plugin architecture

  • [27820] plugins_nightly.pl script missing use

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [27597] Searching “kw:term” does not work with Elasticsearch
  • [27784] Unknown authority types break elasticsearch authorities indexing

    This patch fixes Elasticsearch indexing failures caused by ‘SUBDIV’ type authority records in Koha. It skips the step of parsing the authorities into the linking form if the type contains ‘_SUBD’.

    Notes:

    • Koha currently doesn’t have support for ‘SUBDIV’ type authority records.
    • They can be added to the authority types in the staff interface, however, values are hard coded in various modules and Koha has no concept of how to link a subfield heading to a record, as we only deal in whole fields.

Other bugs fixed

About

  • [27661] Clarify error for message broker

Acquisitions

  • [23675] UseACQFrameworkForBiblioRecords default framework is missing LDR breaking encoding
  • [23929] Invoice adjustments should filter inactive funds
  • [27813] Purchase suggestions should sort by suggesteddate rather than title

    This changes the list of purchase suggestions so that the oldest suggestions are shown first, rather than by title. (This was the behaviour before Koha 20.05).

Architecture, internals, and plumbing

  • [26742] Add configuration for message broker
  • [27680] API DataTables Wrapper fails for ordering on multi-data-field columns
  • [27714] Koha::NewsItem->author explodes if the author has been removed

    This fixes the cause of errors occurring for the display of news items where the author of no longer exists in Koha.

Cataloging

  • [25777] Datatables on z3950_search.pl show incorrect number of entries
  • [26964] Advanced editor no longer selects newly created macros

    This patch fixes the behaviour for saving of new macros using the advanced editor. Before this fix the newly created macro wasn’t selected and the automatic save (there isn’t a save option) had nothing to save.

  • [27578] Searchid not initialized when adding a new record

Circulation

  • [25690] SIP should not allow to check out an item in transfer because of a hold to another patron

    • Proper warning messages are added in staff interface when trying to initiate transfer to an attached hold.

    • Checking out someone else’s hold that is in transit is prevented

  • [27058] Cannot place hold to ordered item when on shelf holds are not allowed

Database

  • [7806] Don’t use 0000-00-00 to signal a non-existing date

Hold requests

  • [27729] Code around SkipHoldTrapOnNotForLoanValue contains two perl bugs

I18N/L10N

  • [27815] “Remove” in point of sale untranslatable
  • [27816] “Click to edit” in Point of sale is untranslatable

OPAC

  • [27650] Wrong variable passed to the template in opac-main

Patrons

  • [27717] Date of birth fails to display for babies under 1 year
  • [27822] Wrong systempreference for AddressFormat (es-ES)

REST API

  • [27330] Wrong return status when no enrollments in club holds
  • [27593] Inconsistent return status on club holds routes

SIP2

  • [27014] SIP2 cannot find patrons at checkin

Searching

  • [27745] Use of uninitialized value in hash element error at C4/Search.pm

Searching – Elasticsearch

  • [26051] Elasticsearch uses the wrong field for callnumber sorting

    This fixes the sorting of search results by call number when using Elasticsearch. Currently it does not sort correctly (uses local-classification instead of cn-sort) and may also cause error messages “No results found” and “Error: Unable to perform your search. Please try again.”. This also matches the behaviour used by Zebra.

  • [27316] In mappings use yes/no for sortable

Searching – Zebra

  • [8426] Map ︡a to a and t︠ to t for searching (Non-ICU)

Serials

  • [27332] When renewing a serial subscription, show note and library only if RenewSerialAddsSuggestion is used

Staff Client

  • [27776] Point of Sale ‘This sale’ table should not be sorted by default
  • [27777] Improve tables on Point of Sale page for low screen resolutions

System Administration

  • [27703] Can’t navigate in Authorized values

    This fixes an issue when navigating authorized value categories – if you selected an authorized value category from the drop down list it wouldn’t change to the selected category.

  • [27713] Duplicate search field IDs in MARC framework administration template
  • [27716] Insufficient access control for printer profiles

    This change moves the label creator pages, including the printer profiles management, under the ‘lable_creator’ permission under tools. This gives a more refined access permission for this area of functionality.

  • [27798] Independent branches should have a warning

Templates

  • [27752] Correct ESLint errors in batchMod.js

    This patch makes minor changes to batchMod.js used in Tools > Batch item modification. This addresses errors raised by ESLint, including white space changes, to make sure it meets coding guideline JS8: Follow guidelines set by ESLint.

  • [27754] Correct eslint errors in basket.js

    This patch makes minor changes to basket.js in the staff interface templates to remove ESLint warnings. Besides whitespace changes, most changes are to correct undeclared or unnecessarily declared variables.

  • [27795] Misalignment of TOTAL value in lateorders page

    New sysprefs

  • ChargeFinesOnClosedDays

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 (99.8%)
  • Armenian (100%)
  • Armenian (Classical) (89%)
  • Catalan; Valencian (50.1%)
  • Chinese (Taiwan) (88.5%)
  • Czech (73.1%)
  • English (New Zealand) (59.6%)
  • English (USA)
  • Finnish (78.3%)
  • French (78.9%)
  • French (Canada) (91.4%)
  • German (100%)
  • German (Switzerland) (67%)
  • Greek (60.8%)
  • Hindi (100%)
  • Italian (100%)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (63.5%)
  • Polish (71.3%)
  • Portuguese (77.3%)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) (88.8%)
  • Russian (93.6%)
  • Slovak (80.7%)
  • Spanish (98.8%)
  • Swedish (74.6%)
  • Telugu (79.7%)
  • Turkish (94.8%)
  • Ukrainian (64.1%)

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 20.11.04 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 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 20.11.04.

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (18)
  • Philippe Blouin (1)
  • Nick Clemens (11)
  • David Cook (6)
  • Jonathan Druart (36)
  • Katrin Fischer (1)
  • Kyle M Hall (5)
  • Mason James (1)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (11)
  • Owen Leonard (11)
  • Matthias Meusburger (1)
  • Agustín Moyano (2)
  • Martin Renvoize (19)
  • Phil Ringnalda (2)
  • Marcel de Rooy (2)
  • Samir Shah (1)
  • Fridolin Somers (7)
  • Koha Translators (1)
  • Petro Vashchuk (1)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed
patches to Koha 20.11.04

  • Athens County Public Libraries (11)
  • BibLibre (8)
  • Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) (1)
  • ByWater-Solutions (16)
  • Chetco Community Public Library (2)
  • Independant Individuals (1)
  • Koha Community Developers (36)
  • KohaAloha (1)
  • Prosentient Systems (6)
  • PTFS-Europe (19)
  • regulusweb.com (1)
  • Rijks Museum (2)
  • Solutions inLibro inc (1)
  • Theke Solutions (20)
  • University of Helsinki (11)

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

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (15)
  • Sonia Bouis (1)
  • Nick Clemens (13)
  • Michal Denar (1)
  • Jonathan Druart (101)
  • Katrin Fischer (25)
  • Martha Fuerst (2)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (3)
  • Lucas Gass (3)
  • Didier Gautheron (1)
  • Victor Grousset (3)
  • Kyle M Hall (16)
  • Sally Healey (1)
  • Barbara Johnson (1)
  • Joonas Kylmälä (1)
  • Owen Leonard (6)
  • Kelly McElligott (1)
  • Matthias Meusburger (1)
  • David Nind (23)
  • Séverine Queune (1)
  • Martin Renvoize (66)
  • Phil Ringnalda (2)
  • Marcel de Rooy (20)
  • Lisette Scheer (2)
  • Fridolin Somers (135)
  • Petro Vashchuk (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 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 24 mars 2021 11:25:38.

The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.11.16.

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 20.05.10.
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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Volume 12, Issue 2
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Michael Kuhn

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Development

Current Koha versions

Read the respective release notes by clicking the revision number.

Date Revision Notes
23 February 2021 Koha 20.11.03 stable
23 February 2021 Koha 20.05.09 oldstable
24 February 2021 Koha 19.11.15 oldoldstable

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

New Koha revisions

On 24 February Victor Grousset announced the release of Koha 19.11.15. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 1 new feature, 9 enhancements and 32 bugfixes (2 of them security fixes).

On 23 February 2021 Fridolin Somers announced the release of Koha 20.11.03. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 2 new features, 22 enhancements and 76 bugfixes (2 of them security fixes).

On 23 February 2021 Andrew Fuerste-Henry announced the release of Koha 20.05.09. This bugfix/maintenance release includes 1 new feature, 13 enhancements and 65 bugfixes (2 of them security fixes).

Community

New Koha libraries

Austria
Germany
Spain
United Kingdom
USA

Koha tips and tricks

Upcoming events

KohaCon 2021

According to https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/KohaCon21_Proposals it seems no decision has yet been made where to hold KohaCon 2021.

Kohathon 2021

Koha user group “koha-US” is getting ready for Kohathon 2021. This will be a free event streamed to Youtube and open to anyone who wants to attend. They have set a date for April 28 beginning at 8:00 am Eastern Time and going until 6:00 pm Pacific Time (that’s 13:00 UTC on April 28 until 01:00 UTC on April 29).

If you are interested in seeing what they did last year, you can check out http://koha-us.org/kohathon-2020/ which has a full schedule and links to all of last year’s presentations.

Open source Twitter chat #ChatOpenSOpen

The next Open source Twitter chat with Rogan Hamby is on Twitter with the hashtag #ChatOpenS on March 17, 12-1 pm EDT. It’s a networking chat to bring the open source library community together.

Upcoming meetings

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.

Past events

Past meetings

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.

Catalyst Open Source Academy 2021

by Aleisha Amohia

The Catalyst Open Source Academy is one of Catalyst‘s most important projects, and my favourite part of the year. We spend the first week of the Academy teaching high school students various open source tools and processes, and spend the second week helping them make their first contributions to an open source project.

The Koha project has been involved in the Academy for many years. It’s a special project because the entire global Koha community gets behind us, testing patches and providing feedback overnight.

At Academy 2021, the Koha team had eight eager and talented students. They tested patches written by other developers, wrote new features and enhancements, fixed bugs, created new item type icons, and improved Koha documentation – all of which required the students to learn new programming languages, become familiar with Koha and Git, and install their development environments.

The students threw themselves into project week, taking on all of these challenges. When they became more comfortable with our procedures and systems, they began helping each other and trying more difficult work. It’s so rewarding to work with students and to watch them learn and grow, especially when they would get excited about their patches Passing QA or, even better, being Pushed to Master!

During this project week, we also operate a “kittens” reward system, where students are awarded kittens for writing and testing patches. They started off wary of the pressure to “save” kittens, but found themselves motivated by the healthy competition as we progressed through the week.

By the end of the week, the Koha team had written a combined 100 patches, many of which had already been tested and pushed by the community. They also “saved” 246 kittens altogether, which is more than double the amount of kittens that the Koha team saved at the previous Academy.

I’m so proud of what the students achieved in their short week working on Koha, and also incredibly grateful to the Koha community that rallied every night to move our students’ patches through the QA process, and ensure they had the best possible experience developing with Koha.

See and hear Ian Beardslee’s Catalyst Academy talk at KohaCon 20.

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The Koha community is proud to announce the release of version 19.11.15.

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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