One of the most common uses for the batch delete tool in Koha is to batch delete items you have previously marked as ‘withdrawn’ from the collection. This tutorial will walk you through deleting a batch of items that have been marked as withdrawn. The report mentioned in this video can be found on the Koha wiki here. As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just [ Read More ]
Several years ago (seems like a lifetime ago to me) I left the library to work for a vendor, an open source vendor of course, but a vendor nonetheless. I used to joke that I had crossed over to the ‘dark side.’ Five years later I can’t imagine ever going to back to working in the library itself. It’s not that I don’t love libraries – of course I do! [ Read More ]
Last week I showed you how to create a patron type for your statistical patrons. This week I’ll show you how to use that patron type to create a patron for tracking in house use. 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.
You’ve maybe heard of identi.ca, a micro blogging tool like Twitter, but 100% open source, but did you realize that, as Jason Hibbets says, “Without open source, Twitter wouldn’t exist”? Jason starts off his interview with Chris Aniszczyk, Open Source Manager at Twitter: Every Tweet you send and receive touches open source software on its journey between computers and mobile devices. We were curious about how much open source is [ Read More ]
Roy Tennant wrote an interesting post about the definition of open source, in it he says: “Open source” should mean exactly that and nothing more — the source code of the software is open, thereby allowing others to see it, understand it, and perhaps modify it. How the software itself is developed should be an additional aspect to the terminology, such as “openly developed open source.” Of course I went [ Read More ]
Koha has the ability to track the use of items in the library by logging those items as ‘checked out’ to a statistical (or fake) patron. This video will walk you through setting up a category for this patron type and next week we’ll cover tracking in house use of items with this patron category. As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know [ Read More ]
From Linux Journal: NASA has started a rather ambitious project: to provide open-source everything. How cool is that? Learn more at the official site and read the article here.
One of the neat features of Koha is that it comes with its own built in web-based self checkout module. This tutorial will walk you through turning this feature on and using it once it’s all set up. 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.
Looking to learn more about open source? Check out this article by Jason Puckett: Puckett, Jason. “Open Source Software and Librarian Values.” Georgia Library Quarterly 49, no. 3 (July 1, 2012). http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/glq/vol49/iss3/9. Jason is the one who taught me more about Zotero – one of my favorite open source tools!
I have already given you all a tutorial on how to use the reporting module in Koha, but there is so much to learn that I decided to do a video with three must have tips for using the Koha reporting module effectively! 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.