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Glimpses of Koha in India

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An overview of Koha usage in India.

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Glimpses of Koha in India

  1. 1. Glimpses of Koha in India Vimal Kumar V. Technical Assistant Mahatma Gandhi University Library Kerala http://vimalkumar.info IndKoha 2019, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math, Kolkata, 22-02-2019
  2. 2. Library automation in India ➢ Library automation was a serious topic in the 1990s. ➢ DBMS (CDS/ISIS, dBase, and FoxPro) used for the cataloguing of physical records. ➢ Proprietary legacy software (e.g. LibSys, Nirmals) began to rule out the market. ➢ Libraries with well funded could enjoy the benefits of library automation. ➢ Colleges and public libraries in rural areas are not in a position to enjoy the full benefits of library automation.
  3. 3. INFLIBNET and library automation ➢ INFLINET acted as a catalyst for computerisation in Indian libraries. ➢ INFLIBNET has given assistance to academic libraries for automation. ➢ SOUL version 1 released in 2000 and few updates received till 2007. ➢ SOUL version 2 released in 2009 and could not become popular like SOUL 1.
  4. 4. Fall of SOUL ➢ SOUL ver. 1 had slow development and few updates, ➢ Weak technology platform (e.g. Libraries used pirated Windows and MS SQL) ➢ Only suitable for libraries with traditional activities, ➢ Lack good features of 4th generation ILS (e.g. Web interface).
  5. 5. Rise of Koha Koha initially installed at Devagiri College Library, Kozhikode, Kerala in 2000. Implementation of Koha at Delhi Public Library in 2007. In the initial stages, libraries without any ILS began to use Koha.
  6. 6. Rise of Koha... Initially, Koha implemented in libraries with in-house technical support. Medium and small type libraries reluctant to go for paid support. Public libraries are not in a position to adopt Koha.
  7. 7. Image courtesy: https://qz.com Where are we now?
  8. 8. Attitude towards FOSS Free means Free of Cost for authorities!! So no fund for Koha installation and maintenance. No magic wand for easy Koha installation. Full responsibility on the shoulders of librarians.
  9. 9. Image courtesy: Linux Inside
  10. 10. Librarians are not System Admins Librarians struggle to manage software problems. Most of the times telephone support can’t help. The assistance of expert required always.
  11. 11. Infrastructure for Koha Most of the libraries use desktop PC for Koha installation. Hardware specification do not match with transactions, record and patron size. No 24x7 OPAC service. OPAC available inside library / campus.
  12. 12. Mistakes from Librarian’s side They do not update with latest developments. Minimal participation in communities (e.g. online forums). Libraries do not use all modules with Koha. Libraries still follow manual methods (e.g. Circulation) No effort to acquire skill sets (e.g. Linux) to manage Koha in house.
  13. 13. Image courtesy: Linux Inside
  14. 14. Accept and walk with changes, Keep in touch with latest developments.
  15. 15. Some recent changes…. Ubuntu to Debian for stable Operating System No login using DB username and pwd from Koha ver. 18.05 MySQL > MariaDB MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL. Development is led by some of the original developers of MySQL, who forked it due to concerns over its acquisition by Oracle Corporation.
  16. 16. Learning experience Proprietary software do not offer any learning experience. FOSS endorse open culture. Encourage collaboration, community contributions, passion, and shared responsibility.
  17. 17. Cloud: new hope f Amazon, Microsoft and Google offer cloud services in India. Baadal: An MHRD initiative developed as NME-ICT Cloud for academic purpose. https://baadal.nmeict.in Image courtesy: Hans Hillewaert, Wikimedia
  18. 18. The learning process ➢ Linux basics ➢ Database basics (MySQL) ➢ A pinch of computer networking!! ➢ Keep in touch with latest updates ➢ Copy and paste skills!! ➢ Lot of curiosity!! Image courtesy: https://theculturetrip.com
  19. 19. Linux basics Open files using text editors (e.g. leafpad /etc/apt/sources.list) Copy and move files and folders Cron Job for schedule jobs
  20. 20. Debian/Ubuntu basics Debian and Ubuntu skills Package management using APT (apt commands) Debian package management (E.g. dpkg -i teamviewer.deb) Basic Linux commands (e.g. sudo chmod -R 777 tom.txt)
  21. 21. Database management Create and delete databases Database backup and restore Manage DB using PhpMyAdmin
  22. 22. Image courtesy: www.thesouledstore.com
  23. 23. Thank you…. Feel free to ask questions. 2808@mgu.ac.in http://vimalkumar.info आचायात्पादमाद े पादं श यः वमेधया । स मचा र यः पादं पादं काल मेण च ॥ AchAryAt pAdamAdatte, pAdam shiShyaH swamedhayA | sa-brahmachAribhyaH pAdam, pAdam kAlakrameNa cha || One fourth from the teacher, one fourth from own intelligence, one fourth from classmates, and one fourth only with time. /vimal.kumar.vazhappally /vimal0212

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