New Links on Koha home page

One of the things we skipped at the November 10 meeting was a quick demo of some new things added to the Koha home page – alternative holds report links and Shareit links.

As Robin and I have done some Shareit training, one thing we’ve found is that some libraries have trouble with the Shareit links because of the way Autographics has configured the links.  In order to make the links more secure, they’re difficult to bookmark, so I added a block on the left hand side of the Koha home page that includes a link to the individualized Shareit link for each NExpress library.

Also included is a link to report 2778 formatted for each library.  This link will give you the same pick-list data you normally get from the holds queue, but formatted in a way that it should take fewer pages to print out and the report also contains barcode numbers that can be scanned with a barcode scanner.

There is an issue with the scan-able links for some libraries, though.  If your barcode numbers include small letters or some special characters (!@#$%^&*()_+=-) the barcodes will not show on the screen or print correctly.  This is not because there is anything wrong with Koha or the report – it’s just that the software engine that generates the barcodes can’t process small letters or special characters.

Click on this link for more information:  New Links in Nexpress Home Page

NExpress Users Group Meeting November 10

The November 2016 NExpress Users Group meeting will be on November 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the NEKLS headquarters in Lawrence. Remote access will be available via Zoom at https://kslib.zoom.us/j/540889166.

The Agenda for this meeting can be found at http://libguides.nekls.org/nexpress_users/2016.

The 2017 NExpress participation agreement will be discussed at this meeting. That document can also be found at http://libguides.nekls.org/nexpress_users/2016.

Koha World Tour

NEKLS, SEKLS, and CKLS would like to invite you to hear from and meet Joann Ransom as part of her Koha world tour.

Librarian Joann Ransom worked on the original release of Koha and it is a real pleasure to host her as she undertakes a World Tour as a Koha ambassador. The world tour includes Sydney, Malaysia, Mumbai, Pune, London, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Marseille, New York, Montreal, Chicago, Kansas, Oregon and San Francisco.  Joann will talk about the origins and development of Koha as well as her experiences at the Te Tekare Cultural and Community Center (http://www.tetakere.org.nz/).

Joann has recently left Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, where Koha was developed in 1999, where she had been CEO for the last 6 years. After raising her 4 children Joann was ready for fresh challenges starting with 3 months travelling the globe meeting the Koha community members who have grown the original Koha into one of the world’s most popular library management systems today.

“Releasing Koha under an open source licence made so much sense to us; we were a public library not a software development company and we needed a much wider pool of librarians to develop the software further”.

Today Koha is one of the world’s most widely used library management systems across all sectors with a strong and active development community.

WHERE: Ottawa Public Library, 105 S Hickory St, Ottawa, KS

WHEN: Monday, October 31, 1:00 p.m.