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New Features in Koha 3.2

Oct - 13 - 2010
Nicole C. Engard

I posted this on the ByWater Solutions blog, but it’s worth repeating here :)

Last week the first release candidate of Koha 3.2 was announced. What is a release candidate you might ask. This means that if no one can find anything else majorly wrong then this will become the official release of Koha 3.2. If people find a bug then that needs to be fixed and we move on to the second release candidate. Either way, we’re nearing the end of the Koha 3.2 development cycle and that means a bunch of new and improved features are headed your way.

Koha 3.2 has a lot of small differences, but the biggies are these:

  • Ability to Batch Modify Items
  • Ability to Batch Delete Items
  • A complete rewrite of the label maker
  • A complete rewrite of the patron card creator
  • A complete rewrite of how budgets are handled
  • More patron permissions
  • Check out messages
  • Fast add cataloging (manual page and tutorial video).
  • Custom RSS feeds
  • SOPAC integration
  • Enhancements to Acquisitions including those that allow for ordering over Z39.50 and from a staged marc file
  • The ability to merge bib records (manual page and tutorial video).

4 Responses so far.

  1. Amanda says:

    Hmm, can Koha be used for personal home collections? Also, my teacher and I are arguing whether or not Koha is a ILS or not. Can you clarify for us?

  2. Nicole says:

    Amanda,

    Can it be used at home? Sure, but it’s a bit of an overkill for that because it is a complete integrated library system. It has every module necessary to run your library and is being used my libraries worldwide for that very purpose. In addition to having a cataloging module (needed for cataloging your home and/or library collection) it has patron management, circulation management, acquisitions, serials, reporting, Z39.50 integration and various library specific statuses and tools.

    I’d be interested in talking to this teacher of yours – sounds like one of the professors I had in library school that I promptly dropped for another once I realized he didn’t know a darn thing about the library technology.

    What exactly is his/her argument to say it’s not an ILS?

    Back to the home user, Koha does store data in MARC format (and MARCXML), so unless that home user is a librarian it might be a bit too confusing for the average book lover. That said, there have been discussions amongst the developers about allowing data to be stored in other metadata formats – making it easier for the home user to catalog their own personal collection.

  3. Amanda,

    Koha can absolutely be used for private collections. That’s one of the services my company offers. As Nicole says, MARC can be a little overwhelming, but I’ll actually be working on an “easy cataloging interface” today (what a pleasant coincidence), so that non-librarians will be able to enter basic bibliographic information without knowing what the difference between a 240, 245, and 246 is. I hope this feature will make it into 3.4.

    I, too, am curious about your teacher’s argument (or your argument) that Koha is not an ILS. I always thought that an ILS supported acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, and serials management functions, as well as providing an OPAC, and Koha has all those features.

  4. Nicole says:

    Jared that is awesome news! Too bad you won’t be at KohaCon to work with all of us around to help.

    Also, thanks for adding the OPAC as a feature – I somehow forgot that when making my first reply.


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