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  • Koha: open source integrated library system   Slides available at: http://theopensourceschool.blogspot.com/ [email_address]
  • Overview
    • What is Koha?
    • Why Koha?
    • Who is using Koha?
    • What can it do?
    • Questions.
  • What is Koha?
    • Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). It is in use worldwide.
    • Koha includes:
      • Full-featured ILS: circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.
      • Dual Database Design: safe; reliable; fast
      • Library Standards Compliant. 
      • Web-based Interfaces. 
      • Free / Open Source.
  • Why Koha?
    • Our vision:
    • At Albany Senior High School
      • we nurture each other
      • we inspire each other
      • we empower each other
    • to achieve highly and become good citizens.
  • Why Koha?
    • Our vision:
    • At Albany Senior High School
      • we nurture each other
      • we inspire each other
      • we empower each other
    • to achieve highly and become good citizens.
    • In our library this means:
      • Making decisions together
      • Fostering a sense of community
      • Promoting student voice
      • Free access to a wide range of resources
  • Who is using Koha?
    • More than 1000 installs, mostly school district consortia in USA
  • What can it do?
    • Open source=free (libre AND gratis)
    • All features all of the time
    • No 'core' and additional (extra $$$) modules
    • Can be hosted
    • Can be used with consortia
    • Can be added to easily
  • New titles/recent acquisitions
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  • Item details screen
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    • Example
  • Patron comments
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    • Patrons can log in and write comments/reviews for items. Reviews are moderated by librarians.
  • 5-star ratings
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    • Patrons can rate items on a 5-star scale. Ratings are then aggregated across all users and made visible to other patrons.
  • Tag cloud
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    • Users can tag items from the search results or item details page. Aggregated user tags are then presented as a cloud for other patrons to use.
  • Most popular items
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    • http://library.ashs.school.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-topissues.pl
  • Shelf browser
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    • Example
  • Shared booklists/recommended reading
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    • Patrons can create booklists out of collections of items, which they can then share with all users. Teachers can use this feature to compile recommended reading lists for courses. Coming soon: tag multiple items
  • RSS feeds
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    • Search results and lists of tagged items automatically generate RSS feeds which can then be used to generate up-to-date lists.
  • Cart
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    • Patrons can collect items into an Amazon-style 'cart' which they can then print of email to others.
  • Purchase suggestions
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  • Patron management
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    • LDAP integration (and Active Directory), and/or
    • CSV upload, and/or
    • Manual creation
  • Patron management
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    • LDAP integration (and Active Directory), and/or
    • CSV upload, and/or
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  • Email and text notifications
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    • Text notifications: using an SMS Driver
    • Email or text advance notices, Overdues, Reserves etc.
  • Manage budgets
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  • SCIS integration
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    • Cataloguing:
    • Scan the ISBN. Scan the item barcode. Done.
  • SCIS integration
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    • Cataloguing:
    • Scan the ISBN. Scan the item barcode. Done.
  • Consortium search
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  • Smartphone integration
    • Search the catalogue using the barcode scanner on your phone:
  • Next steps:
    • Federated searching of:
      • Digital libraries (e.g. Kete.net.nz)
      • Digital NZ
      • Google Books
      • Video sharing site ('Ourtube')
      • 'Additional search options'
      • Anything
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  • Beyond books:
    • Websites
    • Digital libraries
    • Video servers
    • AV resources
  • Enhanced content:
    • Koha supports:
      • Syndetics
      • Google Books
      • Amazon book covers
      • Librarything for libraries
      • Google Scholar
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  • Librarything:
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  • Librarything:
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    Metadata from  Librarything
  • MySQL reports
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    • Build from scratch (not recommended) or copy and paste reports.
  • In development:
    • From an item's details page, click recommendations to see similar items, based on tagging, patron history, subject keyworks and rating.
  • Koha: open source integrated library system   Slides available at: http://theopensourceschool.blogspot.com/ [email_address]