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Calyx presentation Pasifika Koha workshop koha customisations (1)

  1. 1. Pasifika Koha WorkshopSeptember 10, 2012University of the South PacificLaucala Campus, Suva, FIJI. Koha customisations www.calyx.net.au
  2. 2. Use your Koha!DIY: How to make your Opac unique?
  3. 3. Customising your Koha OPAC is easier thanyou think.... Professional Koha hosting & support companies can provide you with an amazing OPAC, but DIY is always more fun, you can learn fun new skills (and amaze your colleagues). You need: - access to a Koha admin interface and the OPAC - have superlibrarian permissions - a stable internet connection - a test system or a not yet live Koha system - time and curiosity
  4. 4. In this presentation- we use Koha 3.8.4- older Koha systems have different systempreferences, so please check the onlinemanual- HTML language to format text- the free w3school.com website to test ourHTML- the Koha online manual is your good friend!- all HTML code used in this presentation, isavailable to copy and share - ask me for ahandout!
  5. 5. Overview of Kohas OPACCheck out the customisable fields on your OPAC with thename of the corresponding system preference.
  6. 6. OpacNav This is where you put useful links, relevant information you want your patrons to find easily: library instructions, opening hours, the location of the library, the postal address and other important information.
  7. 7. OpacNavBottomThis is a good location to add useful links to different collections, organizations,or even to a short video on how to use your new Opac OpacNav OpacNavBottom
  8. 8. OpacHeaderThe top of your Opac site is always visible. It isa good idea to put here the name of yourlibrary, the logo, or image you use to identifyyour library. Keep in mind: this is a long, narrowspace - long, narrow images work best.OpacHeader is also an excellent location to putthe Google Analytics code if you are signedup for it.
  9. 9. OpacMainUserBlockThis is the prime location on your OPAC site.This location attracts the most attention, so youwant to keep it as interesting as you can.- You can use the News feature to inform yourpatrons of library related news- With some help from your support companyyou can show the newest/most popular titlesavailable from your library- Ask for custom RSSfeeds!
  10. 10. OPACUserCSSThis is a very powerful field if you know CSS. Ifyou dont, just stick with this easy solution tochange the colour of the banner on your OPAC.h1#libraryname {width:220px;} Editing the highlightedh1#libraryname a { number in the code willpadding:100px 0 0; determinate the colour ofwidth:220px;} your banner.#fluid {margin-left: 224px;} This link may help you#opac-main-search { determine which colour is thebackground-image:none; best match for your librarybackground-color:#000000;} logo.
  11. 11. OPAC before and afterLittle changes make a big difference!
  12. 12. Websites used in this presentation● http://manual.koha-community.org/3. 8/en/impopac.html● http://www.w3schools.com/html/tryit.asp? filename=tryhtml_intro● http://www.w3schools.com/html/● demo384.calyx.net.au● demo384-admin.calyx.net.au (anne + koha)● http://www.degraeve.com/color-palette● http://www.myacpl.org/koha/ http://koha-community.org www.calyx.net.au
  13. 13. Sample HTML for OpacNav<table width="92%" border="0"> <tr align="center"> <th>Opening Hours</th> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday<br>9.30am - 5.00pm</td> </tr><tr align="center"> <td>Saturday<br>9.00am - 12.00pm</td> </tr><tr align="center"> <td>Closed Wednesdays, Sundays and Public Holidays</td> </tr><table width="92%" border="0"> <tr align="center"> <th>Contact information</th> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://goo.gl/maps/McTtb">42 The Road, Sydney, NSW 2000</a></td> </tr><tr align="center"> <td>Ph: +61 123 456 789 </td> </tr><tr align="center"> <td><a href="mailto:enquiries@calyx.net.au?">enquiries@calyx.net.au</a></td> </tr>
  14. 14. Sample HTML for OpacNavBottom<table width="92%" border="0"> <tr align="center"><tr align="center"> <th>Useful links</th> </tr><tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://trove.nla.gov.au">National Library of Australia: Trove</a></td></tr><tr align="center"><td><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFgpH3YVwiI" target="_blank">How to use this site? </a></td> </tr><tr align="center"><td><a href="http://koha-community.org">Koha Library Software Community</a></td> </tr>
  15. 15. Sample code for OPACUserCSSh1#libraryname {width:220px;}h1#libraryname a {padding:100px 0 0;width:220px;}#fluid {margin-left: 224px;}#opac-main-search {background-image:none;background-color:#000000;}
  16. 16. Is that it? Actually no : there is a lot more to itLets explore a few of the many system preferences that will tuneyour Koha ...
  17. 17. By deciding on the values to give to various system preferences ...What an incredible opportunity we have... to really Use our Koha ..... Below are a few system preferences as examples ..... .....Go to Home > Administration > System preferences.....Administration preferences: noItemTypeImages and virtualshelves ...Cataloguing preferences: hide_marc and ISBD ...OPAC preferences: BibliodDfaultView and Opaclayoutstylesheet ...Staff client preferences: intranetstylesheet ...|18N/L10N preferences: OpacLanguages and opaclanguagesdisplayEnhanced content preferences: OPACFRBRIZEEditions and Google Jacketand localCoverImages and Tagging .....and more ....
  18. 18. Another Koha bonus?Simple, cool and effective customisations can be easily and accurately maintained and carried forward during upgrades. Keeping your OPAC up to date Making your OPAC unique www.calyx.net.au
  19. 19. "Customisations" also relates to largeropportunities .... In the education sector for example: New waysof learning are changing universities andlibraries need to lead the way with improvedcollection accessCAUL : The Committee of Australian University Librarians missionstatement says: Improving access by the staff and students of Australianuniversities to the information resources that are fundamental to theadvancement of teaching, learning and research. www.caul.edu.au/about-caul/caul-strategic-plan Our patrons choose the time, place and device to interact with our content ....and go elsewhere
  20. 20. Koha customisation is about ● enhancing the out of the box OPAC ● user centered design, usability ● indexing to enable the most effective discovery ● achieving value from usage Web OPAC measurement ● speed & responsiveness when searching and placing holds ● the way search results and bib records appear in the OPAC ● patrons self management online ● improved services for our patronsAND ● it’s about business optimisation ● understanding our goals ● understanding the needs and expectations of our audience ● and reducing the gap in between. www.calyx.net.au
  21. 21. Questions and Comments?Feedback to Irma@calyx.net.auThank you for your interest. Vinaka www.calyx.net.au

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