Introduction to koha


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Introduction to koha

  1. 1. Introduction to Kohaand why Pakistani libraries should consider it as an alternative to proprietary software
  2. 2. Introduction Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). Development started in New Zealand in 1999-2000 by a web development company called Katipo for libraries in rural areas of New Zealand. Katipo worked with Horowhenua Library Trust (HLT) to write the first version of Koha, and then released the code under the GPL (The GNU General Public License).Sources: Wikipedia,,
  3. 3. Koha can be downloaded from the official site: www. Koha is not a company - Koha is a world-wide project and a product. The word Koha is a Maori word meaning gift or donation. Koha development is steered by the collaboration of a growing community of libraries and a team of volunteers from around the globe. Koha is developed using technologies like Perl (Practical Extraction and Report Language), HTML, CSS, Javascript, Apache and MySQL. It runs on Linux.Sources: Wikipedia,,
  4. 4. Features of KohaFully web-based and all necessary library modules available toperform traditional library operations: Completely web based OPAC Circulation Cataloging Serials control Acquisitions Custom Reporting Source:
  5. 5. OPAC: customizable, RSS feed for searches, comments / reviews by patrons Circulation: checking in/out, overdue notices (email, sms) Patron Management: photos, custom fields, fine management, history Cataloging: data entry, copy cataloging using Z39.50 search, MARC and UNIMARC support, authority control Serials: serials management, receive issues, track late issues, process vendor claims, check-in supplements Acquisitions track vendors, track orders, receive orders, process claims, budgetingSource:
  6. 6. Custom Reporting: Statistics wizards - select fields to display in table form and generate statistics Report wizard - Choose database fields to generate custom reports to meet your librarys needs, SQL reports An example of copy cataloging in KohaSource:
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  8. 8. Note: For copy cataloging, there is a step-by guide on which tells you how to define a new Z39.50 client targetsserver in Koha to import MARC records from NLP and LUMS. A good tutorial on how to stage MARC records is available at http://www.pakban. net/brooke/tut/index.html. It uses Canadian National Catalogue to search and download a MARC record and then import that record.Source:
  9. 9. Why use Koha in Pakistani libraries?Koha is free software.Koha gives the freedom to use, share and modify itaccording to your needs. Issac Newton said "If I have seen further it is by standingon the shoulders of giants." Koha is open source andhence encourages innovation and implementing newideas. Localization to any language. Used by more than a thousand libraries in the world.
  10. 10. Excellent documentation in the form of manuals, wikis andtutorials is available on the Internet.An example would be the tutorial by Brooke Johnson whowrote the first ever newbie guide for Koha comparison of Koha and commercial software: Koha Commercial Hardware Same or Modest New and more powerful Existing - Self learning Staff Need paid training possible Support Free Must pay Software Free Must pay
  11. 11. Important LinksCode & Documentation are shared publicly: are reported publicly: bugs.koha-community.orgDiscussions and mailing lists:
  12. 12. Thank You! Arslan Farooq