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Data Extraction from Liberty3

Koha Listserve - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 05:40
Can anyone provide instructions or tips for extracting a MARC file with holdings from Softlink's Liberty 3? Thank you. Bob _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha

Barcode label printing setting

Koha Listserve - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 03:23
Dear All, Please find here one barcode and member card printing setting in Koha. http://mishravk.com/2015/06/settings-for-printing-members-card-and-barcode-labels-5x13-labels-a4-sheet-through-koha-ilms/

new import

Koha Listserve - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:36
Hi all, I just imported a collection (from Winnebago-Spectrum) to Koha for one of my schools. I have noticed that we seem to have quite a few biblios / records that we have "no items available" for. ie: one item will show as: Availability: No items available: The (seemingly) same book will show right below it as : Availability: *Copies available:* Alma High School (1), for an example We have the entire collection turned in for the summer, so we do not have any checked out, and we cleaned up the Winnebago-Spectrum system (as best we could) before the export. I am having our librarian look over the system now, to make sure that it looks correct. But I'm starting to wonder if there is a way to remove the records that show "No items available" ?? Is there a way to clean this up, and only display items that we have available with copies in our collection ?? thanks for any advise on this. -S _______________________________________________ Koha

EBSCO EDS Plugin Problem

Koha Listserve - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 05:55
Hi all, We have installed EBSCO EDS Plugin version (3.1636) on koha 3.18.06 bootstrap interface, And configured it, And EDS folder permissions at least (755), But the discovery search doesn't appear in OPAC interface although we have an account and our information has been updated successfully, Also when opening Run tool <http://arkoha.maktabat-online.net:8080/cgi-bin/koha/plugins/run.pl?class=Koha::Plugin::EDS&method=tool> from plugins page it prompts the page to be downloaded or opened by a selected program and doesn't run Setup tool. If there are any suggestions ill be grateful. Thanks. _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha

Request for registering as a Koha Support Company

Koha Listserve - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 05:04
Company Name - Cameo Media Labs Contact Person - Koustubh Kulkarni Contact Email- koustubh< at >cameoml.com Contact Telephone - +91 99757 42180 Website - http://cameoml.com http://ckoha.in Address - 76/3 Swojas Gulmohar, Film Institute Road, Pune 411004 Short Description of your Services- We have established and actively maintain a cloud-based Koha offering - C-Koha http://ckoha.in One of the major users for the last few years is the Gov. of India's "National Film Archives of India". We are well known amongst the local Librarian community and actively contribute in our geography in the form of trainings/workshops of Koha, and drive Koha adoption locally through numerous hands on demos for new users. Best Regards, Purab Gujar, Founder- Cameo Media Labs

Request for registering as "Support Company "

Koha Listserve - Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:56
Company Name: CaspiNet LLC Contact Person: Bahruz Ibrahimov Contact email: info< at >caspinet.com <mailto:info< at >caspinet.com> Website: https://caspinet.com , http://koha.az Telephone: +994518707427 Address: Rahim Skhaliyev str. Home 26b , Baku, Azerbaijan Short description of your services: For last 2 year we implemented koha on 2 government University in our country. Azerbaijan Architecture and Construction University - info< at >azmiu.edu.az <mailto:info< at >azmiu.edu.az> 1. Azerbaijan Teachers Institute - root< at >ami.edu.az <mailto:root< at >ami.edu.az> 2. Now we are working on third university , "Azerbaijan Oil Academy". root< at >asoa.edu.az <mailto:root< at >asoa.edu.az> . You can check from them with the official mail request about our project. Besides this we are trying to implement this koha system to all other universities with the help of our Ministery of Education. Now there is a negotiation with the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic. We bought local koha domain name for our project. ht

Koha Fundraising Committee Draft Terms of Reference

Koha Listserve - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 23:29
Brendan is travelling but has asked me to post the draft TOR for the fundraising committee. You will find them here: http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Fundraising These will be considered at the General IRC Meeting scheduled for 10 June at 20 UTC: http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/General_IRC_meeting_10_June_2015 Hope to see a few of you there. Bob Birchall Calyx <http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Fundraising> _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha

Sort Πas Oe, doesn't work. A bug of Zebra ?

Koha Listserve - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 06:27
Hi to all, I'm trying to setup sort and search of Œ [latin capital ligature oe, &OElig;] I'm usign debian wheezy, with ICU Zebra version: 2.0.44-3 [debian package] In lang_defs/en/sort-string-utf.chr I insert: encoding utf-8 lowercase {0-9}abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz uppercase {0-9}ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ [...] equivalent Œ(Oe) [...] map Œ (Oe) In etc/words-icu.xml <transliterate rule="{ Œ > Oe "/> In etc/phrases-icu.xml <transliterate rule="{ Œ > Oe "/> Now on searching Œ is the same of Oe, but in sorting. If I sort by title I receive this order: Orders from the city Œuvres par Emile Zola Œ is sorted a single letter, after simple 'O'. Not like two letters Oe I think there is a problem in Zebra because I setup everything I know to do the equivalence Œ = Oe Do you more about this topic ? Do you have a succeful example about equivalence Œ = Oe ? Bye Zeno Tajoli

Change Koha IP address

Koha Listserve - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:00
HI all, Any good directions on how to change a Koha servers IP address ?? I currently have a virtual machine configured "just the way I want it". I would like to back / restore this VM, then just change the IP address...so I can setup a second Koha machine for a separate location. Thanks, -S _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha

reset the koha database

Koha Listserve - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 14:47
Hi all, Is this still the preferred method to reset the database ? http://manual.koha-community.org/3.18/en/resetkohadb.html I have a Koha server up and going the way I want it, now I just need to clean out the database, and import my real Mark records. Thanks, -S _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha

Interested in publishing your library data in the Linked Data Cloud?

Koha Listserve - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 08:21
Dear all, The ALIADA Consortium is encouraging libraries and museums to join to the ALIADA Community. ALIADA is an open source tool to help libraries to automatically publish their MARC21 metadata to Linked Data. The development of the tool is funded by the European Commission. You will find more information about the project on the ALIADA's website: http://aliada-project.eu/ [1] Be part of the ALIADA's community and publish your data on the Semantic Web! - Subscribe to receive our newsletter and latest events and calls: http://aliada-project.eu/getInvolvedAliada [2] - Download the code from GitHub and submit your comments (we will appreciate your feedback!): http://aliada-project.eu/developers [3] - Join to the forum to discuss about the integration with KOHA - Become a certified partner and develop new code to integrate ALIADA with KOHA General questions to: info< at >aliada-project.eu Best regards, ALIADA Consortium https://www.linkedin.com/company/aliada-project https://twitter.com/

Koha Community Newsletter: May 2015

Koha Community News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 20:09
Koha Community Newsletter
April 2015

Volume 6, Issue 5
ISSN 2153-8328
Edited by Chad Roseburg, Koha Community Newsletter Editor

Please submit news items to

Table of Contents


Koha 3.20.0 Released

by Tomas Cohen Arazi
It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of Koha 3.20, the latest major release of the Koha open source integrated library system.

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 Koha 3.20 tarball and install instructions can be found on the download page.

More install instructions and useful information can be found on the wiki and in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.20 is a major release, that comes with many new features.

It includes 5 new features, 114 enhancements and 407 bugfixes.

Please check out http://koha-community.org/koha-3-20-0-released/ for the complete release notes.

Koha 3.18.7 Released

by Chris Cormack
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 http://koha-community.org and Koha 3.18.7 can be installed via packages, or downloaded from: http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.18.07.tar.gz.

Installation instructions can be found at http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Installation_Documentation or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball.

Koha 3.18.7 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

You can read the full release notes at http://koha-community.org/koha-3-14-14-released/.

Koha 3.16.11 Released

by Mason James
The Koha release team are proud to announce the release of Koha 3.16.11.

This is a bugfix/maintenance release

As always, the best option is to upgrade using the debian packages, at

Otherwise you can download the tarball at download.koha-community.org.

Installation instructions can be found at http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Installation_Documentation or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball.

It includes 1 enhancements and 12 bugfixes.

Full release notes are here


Elastic Search Update

by Sebastian Hierl, Ph.D.
ElasticSearch integration in Koha is making progress. Since the announcement of the EBSCO grant to the Koha Gruppo Italiano this past February, the community, through an effort coordinated by ByWater Solutions, completed considerable work on the browse feature and enhanced patron functionality API access. Progress can be tracked through bugs #12478 and #13799 on the community Bugzilla site.

Bugs and Patches

Bugs needing attention.

Noisy Unit Tests

From Mark Tompsett
A recent conversation between Tomás Cohen Arazi and myself about tests on IRC the other week covered tests with floody warnings. To which he challenged me: “How is it that you haven’t already cleaned all the warnings from the unit tests?”

Well, never fear! I started. Bugs 14110-14118, and 14120-14121 basically cover all of t’s noise, and start into t/db_dependent. Many have been signed off by Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel (Thank you!), but some have yet to be signed off.

If you hate floody tests, take a look.

Links to the bugs:


New Koha Libraries

Community Gossip

Barton Chittenden writes about the importance of precise language when submitting support tickets and including a koha URL where possible.

Chris Cormack writes about the wonderful community we’re all a part of in Koha Kindness.

Mirko Tietgen announced meinkoha, “a platform offering free personal Koha
instances to librarians and students of library and information science in the German-speaking world”.

How To

Vimal Kumar shows you how to clean the fine amounts in Koha’s accountlines table.

Christopher Brannon walks you through styling patron expiration dates with JQuery in Koha.

Carmen Hernandez shows you the basics of patron management in Koha 3.18.

Amy Kearns gives you a workaround for missing due dates on your Koha slips.

Let Vimal Kumar walk you through Installing Koha on Ubuntu 14.04.

DP Tripathi created a script for installing Koha 3.20 with a single command on Ubuntu 14-04 LTS.

Pierre Vandekerckhove shows you how to add chat to your OPAC.

Support Provider News

Fourteen ByWater Partner Libraries Bring Features to Koha 3.18

Upcoming Events

June General IRC meeting

The June general IRC meeting will be held on the 10th at 20:00 UTC.

The agenda and other information is here.

June General IRC meeting

The June Development IRC meeting will be held on the 3rd at 15:00 and 22:00 UTC.

The agenda and other information is here.

KohaCon 2015

Registration is now open!

They are also accepting presentation proposals – so Submit your talk!

Location:International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) lbadan, Nigeria
Dates: October 19 – 21

For more information, please see http://kohacon15.projektlinkkonsult.com/ .

Koha North American User Group Conference 2015: Registration Info and Schedule

The schedule has been finalized, see it here: Koha North American User Group Conference 2015 Schedule

Dates: August 5-8, 2015
Location: Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.mercyhurst.edu/academics/library/2015-koha-north-american-users-group-conference

Registration is NOW open!!! Deadline for registration is July 20th. Register here. Credit cards not accepted — mail a check to:

4317 W. 6th Street
Lawrence, KS 66049

Make it out to Northeast Kansas Library System

Now accepting presentation proposals. From the announcement:

The Koha North American User Group Conference planning committee is seeking session proposals for the 2015 meeting on August 4-7, in Erie, PA. The committee invites proposals that: attract Koha end users such as librarians, technical services and support staff in libraries; offer work arounds for known system issues and bugs; highlight technological advances impacting Koha development; deliver work-flow best practices and innovative approaches to using Koha; utilize other open-source software within Koha; provide tips and tools for cataloging, serials management, accounts clean-up, patron uploads, record maintenance, and other system functions.

Submit session topics here.

Past Events

Pakistan: Library Management and Digital Resources

by Sher Afzal Khan
A five day workshop on “Library Management and Digital Resources were recently organized by the National Centre for Rural Development on April 13-17, 2015. More than 48 IT and Library Professional from across the country i.e Karachi, Baluchistan, Punjab, KP and Gilgat Baltistan attended the workshop. Mr Sher Afzal Chief Librarian Bahria University Islamabad was the key resource person. He delivered comprehensive sessions and hands on practice with Dspace institutional repository Software. The LIS professionals were trained about the Free and open source institutional repository software Dspace.

May General IRC Meeting

The May general IRC meeting was held on the 6th at 20:00 UTC.

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

May Development IRC Meeting

The May development IRC meeting was held on the 19th at 21:00 UTC.

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

Advice on barcode replacement/central catalog

Koha Listserve - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:39
5 buildings with each their own library. 1 is using Koha now, the rest are being migrated this summer. We are going with a central catalog. Barcodes are not currently unique across the libraries, so we are generating new barcodes and replacing every barcode on every item this summer. My question revolves around bringing these “new” libraries into our existing Koha system. If I import the current material set from one of the new libraries, how difficult is the process to batch-update the barcodes from an external data soure? We have a separate program that will be used to scan in the current material barcode, parse and process it, then spit out a new, library-specific barcode. This process will have the biblio and original barcode plus new barcode that we can then put into a comma separated file to “batch update” Koha, but we’ve not tried to do that. Is that possible? Biblio number - is that internal and generated by Koha or is that something that would import from the original Material databas

Current interface language

Koha Listserve - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 05:49
Is there's a way to get current staff client interface language in a variable in Biblio.pm file???? _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha

Koha 3.16.11 released

Koha Community News - Sat, 05/30/2015 - 22:13

31 May 2015

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 http://koha-community.org and Koha 3.16.11 can be downloaded from: http://download.koha-community.org/koha-3.16.11.tar.gz

Installation instructions can be found at http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Installation_Documentation or in the INSTALL files that come in the tarball

Koha 3.16.11 is a bugfix/maintenance release.

Table of contents New features in Koha 3.16.11
Enhancements in Koha 3.16.11
Critical bugs fixed in Koha 3.16.11 Packaging
  • Bug 13979 breaks package upgrades (critical – bug 14055)
  • Bug 14055 breaks new package installs (critical – bug 14068)
  • Packages uninstallable on Debian Jessie (major – bug 13979)
  • Serial failure for received and general viewing (major – bug 13109)
Other bugs fixed in Koha 3.16.11 About
  • About.pl checks the wrong zebra index mode (normal – bug 14006)
Architecture, internals, and plumbing
  • DBIx connection needs to be cached (normal – bug 13645)
  • Undefined value creates noisy warns in C4::AuthoritiesMarc (minor – bug 14075)
  • SIP modules handling of @INC is confused (normal – bug 7904)
Test Suite
  • C4::Suggestions.pm needs more unit tests (normal – bug 12445)
  • Fix t/db_dependent/Labels/t_Batch.t failing test from Bug 12911 (normal – bug 14204)
New system preferences in Koha 3.16.11
System requirements

Important notes:

  • Perl 5.10 is required
  • Zebra is required

The Koha manual is maintained in DocBook. The home page for Koha documentation is http://koha-community.org/documentation

As of the date of these release notes, only the English version of the Koha manual is available at http://manual.koha-community.org/3.16.11/en/

The Git repository for the Koha manual can be found at http://git.koha-community.org/gitweb/?p=kohadocs.git;a=summary


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

  • English (USA)
  • Arabic (99%)
  • Armenian (99%)
  • Czech (99%)
  • Danish (86%)
  • French (96%)
  • German (99%)
  • Italian (99%)
  • Kurdish (67%)
  • Polish (99%)
  • Portuguese (99%)
  • Slovak (99%)
  • Spanish (100%)
  • Swedish (86%)
  • Turkish (99%)
  • Vietnamese (94%)

Partial translations are available for various other languages.

The Koha team welcomes additional translations; please see http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Translating_Koha

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

The most up-to-date translations can be found at http://translate.koha-community.org

Release Team

The release team for Koha 3.16.11 is

  • Release Manager: Tomás Cohen Arazi
  • Documentation Manager: Nicole C Engard
  • Translation Manager: Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel
  • QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
  • QA Team:

    • Galen Charlton
    • Jonathan Druart
    • Brendan Gallagher
    • Kyle Hall
    • Julian Maurice
    • Paul Poulain
    • Martin Renvoize
    • Marcel de Rooy
  • Bug Wranglers:
    • Alex Sassmannshausen
    • Zeno Tajoli
  • Packaging Manager: Robin Sheat
  • Release Maintainer (3.12.x): Kyle Hall
  • Release Maintainer (3.14.x): Fridolin Somers
  • Release Maintainer (3.16.x): Mason James
  • Release Maintainer (3.18.x): Chris Cormack

We thank the following libraries who are known to have sponsored new features in Koha 3.16.11:

We thank the following individuals who contributed patches to Koha 3.16.11:

  • Aleisha (1)
  • Colin Campbell (1)
  • Nick Clemens (1)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (3)
  • Jonathan Druart (2)
  • Yohann Dufour (2)
  • Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel (1)
  • Mason James (3)
  • Kyle M Hall (2)
  • Robin Sheat (5)

We thank the following libraries, companies, and other institutions who contributed patches to Koha 3.16.11:

  • BibLibre (2)
  • ByWater-Solutions (2)
  • Catalyst (5)
  • KohaAloha (3)
  • PTFS-Europe (1)
  • quecheelibrary.org (1)
  • unidentified (7)

We also especially thank the following individuals who tested patches for Koha 3.16.11:

  • Jacek Ablewicz (1)
  • Jonathan Druart (7)
  • Josef Moravec (1)
  • Katrin Fischer (5)
  • Mark Tompsett (3)
  • Mason James (16)
  • Mirko Tietgen (1)
  • Paola Rossi (2)
  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (8)
  • Kyle M Hall (6)
  • Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel (2)
  • Eivin Giske Skaaren (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 git://git.koha-community.org/koha.git

The branch for this version of Koha and future bugfixes in this release line is 3.16.x.

The last Koha release was 3.18.7, which was released on May 26, 2015.

Bugs and feature requests

Bug reports and feature requests can be filed at the Koha bug tracker at http://bugs.koha-community.org

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

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ًQuestions about 952 Field

Koha Listserve - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 18:02
Curious, What kinds of issues have people run into relative to the adding of 952 to records or the importation of these records into KOHA? I mean, is it better to add local holding info and barcode data into KOHA directly or is it faster to have already added this info already? I ask because I am using Connexion to create records for import into KOHA eventually (when we get our KOHA up & running - which is happening pretty soon now I think). I have been adding 952 to the records with barcodes, but will this data restrict my importation into KOHA? Thank you & have a great weekend everyone. Jesse

items not importing (Jennifer Perry)

Koha Listserve - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:26
Hi Jennifer, Could you send a sample marc record? Manny Ø The problem is that none of the items are importing into Ø the new Koha instance. Ø Is there a way to make Koha import Ø these items even if the 952$a and 952$b subfields don't quite line up? Ø Thanks, Ø Jennifer Perry _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha

Problem uploading patrons

Koha Listserve - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 22:38
We're running 3.18.04. One (and only one) of my colleagues is unable to upload patron files. It's very curious, she has all the permissions, and I and another colleague have uploaded the same file without a problem. I have even logged into her account and uploaded the file successfully. But whenever she tries she gets a long string of error messages that boil down to Koha not parsing the header row. I've asked her to clear her browser (Firefox) history and cookies (there's an 8 hour time difference so I won't know if this works til tomorrow) Other than that I don't know why she can't do it and we can. Any ideas what might be causing the problem?

Check the current language

Koha Listserve - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 13:47
Hello all, I need to check and get the current interface language to make some action in Biblio.pm file, i mean like this if ($current_language == "en") { make some action; } else { make another action; } What is the used variable and code to do that? Thanks. _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha

Help! Software Error

Koha Listserve - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:12
Hi pls im a librarian from the philippines and we encountered a problem in accessing our koha ils, please help us with the following issues that appear in the browser when trying to open it: "Software error: Can't call method "do" on unblessed reference at /usr/share/koha/lib/C4/Context.pm line 816. BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/share/koha/lib/C4/Auth.pm line 88. Compilation failed in require at /usr/share/koha/intranet/cgi-bin/mainpage.pl line 25. BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/share/koha/intranet/cgi- bin/mainpage.pl line 25. For help, please send mail to the webmaster ([no address given]), giving this error message and the time and date of the error." Hope you could help us in resolving the issues. Best regrads, Israelex Velena _______________________________________________ Koha mailing list http://koha-community.org Koha< at >lists.katipo.co.nz https://lists.katipo.co.nz/mailman/listinfo/koha
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