Import Free Ebook Records to your Catalog

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A couple years ago I brought a private project that shared Project Gutenberg records to your attention. Well, yesterday I thought I would go out and see if they had any more records to share so I could put them in to my Koha ILS demo site and found something awesome! Project Gutenberg has their own MARC exports (and other formats as well) that you can grab with over 40,000 records!!

If you’re using Koha, and want item records associated with these free MARC records take the file provided by Project Gutenberg and load it in to MarcEdit. Add a 942$c with your ebook type and then add a 952 with your branch and item type info. I did a tutorial video on this a while back that might help you. That’s what I did and now I have these titles in my catalog and searchable!

Learn more about the Koha item record in the 3.8 manual and get your own batch of free ebook MARC records at the Project Gutenberg wiki.

Managing Lists in the OPAC in Koha 3.4

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The other day I was trying to delete items from my list in the OPAC in Koha 3.4 and I couldn’t figure out how to do it, after a bit of scrolling I found the delete button at the bottom of the page and thought, bot a tutorial video on this might be helpful … so here it is!

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Ordering from a Staged File in Koha 3.4

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In Koha 3.4 the ability to order from a batch of MARC records has been improved in acquisitions. This tutorial video will show you how you can order from a staged file. For a refresher on how to import a batch of MARC records in to Koha see the Importing MARC Record tutorial and stop before you get to the ‘Manage Staged Records’ part.

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Recent Comments in Koha 3.4

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If your library allows patrons to leave comments in the OPAC it might be nice to add a page to your system where people can see all of the recent comments left. This tutorial will show you how to add a link to a page that does just that in Koha 3.4!

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Adding Custom HTML to the Patron Summary in the OPAC in Koha 3.4

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When patrons are logged into the OPAC in Koha they see a summary of the items they have checked out. In Koha 3.4 you can add additional links to that page by using the new OPACMySummaryHTML preference. This video will walk you through adding a Facebook ‘Like’ button to that page.

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Importing & Exporting Frameworks in Koha 3.4

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Koha 3.4 comes with a very necessary new feature – the ability to import and export frameworks! If you’ve worked with frameworks before you know that it can be a time consuming process, but now you can share your hard work and benefit from the work of others by sharing frameworks.

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Keyword to Marc Mapping in Koha 3.2

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Koha 3.2 and future releases have a nice feature that lets you define what data from the MARC record shows in certain areas of the search results. Right now it only works for the subtitle field, but new areas will be added in the future. This tutorial walks you through mapping MARC tags to the ‘subtitle’ keyword to make them show as part of the title in the OPAC.

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Creating a batch of spine labels in Koha 3.4

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After you finish cataloging in Koha you need to print out your spine labels. Once you have a layout all set, you just need to create a batch and print your labels. Koha 3.4 has a minor difference in display over 3.2 and so this updated video will take that into account.

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.