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Koha 3 Library Management System

Savitra Sirohi, Amit Gupta

Install, configure, and maintain your Koha installation with this easy-to-follow guide
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849510820
Paperback288 pages

About This Book

  • A self-sufficient guide to installing and configuring Koha
  • Take control of your libraries with Koha library management system
  • Get a clear understanding of software maintenance, customization, and other advanced topics such as LDAP and Internationalization
  • Written in a style that applies to all Linux flavors and Koha versions


Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at Linux system administrators who need to install and maintain Koha. If you are a system administrator who wants to set up an open source integrated library system, then this book is for you. It will also be useful for system administrators who require help with specific aspects of implementing Koha.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Installing the Software Stack
An orientation to Koha's installation
Preparing for installation
Installing Koha's software stack
Chapter 2: Configuring the Apache2 Web Server
Understanding Apache2 configuration
Preparing for Apache2 configuration
Configuring Apache2 web server
Troubleshooting configuration problems
Chapter 3: Installing Koha's Zebra Search Engine
About Zebra
Koha's Zebra related components
Installing Zebra
Testing Zebra
Using Koha without Zebra
Chapter 4: Koha's Web Installer, Crontab, and Other Server Configurations
Executing Koha's web installer
Configuring the crontab
Ensuring Koha starts automatically on server reboot
Configuring the correct SAX parser
Setting up environment variables for the Linux shell
Chapter 5: Configuring the Cataloging Module
A first look at Koha's cataloging configuration tools
Preparing a configuration plan
Implementing our configuration plan
Configuring MARC frameworks
Chapter 6: Configuring the Circulation Module
Patron categories
Item types
Circulation and fine rules
Configuring the calendar and calculation of due date and fines
Due and overdue notices
Configuring holds
Chapter 7: Configuring Other System Preferences
Understanding Koha's system preferences
Configuring transactional modules
Configuring OPAC preferences
Configuring styling and appearance
Configuring general preferences
Chapter 8: Test Driving Your Koha Installation
Patrons—create, search, and view patron record
Cataloging—create, search, and view bibliographic and item record
Circulation—check-out, check-in, and view circulation history
Acquisitions—create an order, receive shipment, and view budget utilization
Serials—creating a subscription and receiving the first issue
Reports—creating a guided report and executing it
OPAC—running a catalog search
Chapter 9: Migrating Catalog Data
An orientation to migrating catalog data
Preparing to migrate catalog data
Migrating catalog data
Chapter 10: Troubleshooting
Where to get help—community resources
Common problems
Problems with Internet Explorer
Chapter 11: Updating Software
Orientation to updating software
Updating the software
Zebra—rebuilding indexes and restarting the server
Chapter 12: Customizing Koha Software
An orientation to customizing Koha software
Customizing Koha software—an example
Committing changes
Create a patch using Git
Sending the patch to Koha's release manager
Chapter 13: Advanced Topics
Creating and using matching rules for use during catalog imports
Understanding matching rules
Determining search indexes
More information and examples
Using LDAP with Koha
Multiple OPAC interfaces
Installing new languages
Setting up a public Z39.50 server

What You Will Learn

  • Set up and configure Koha as per your needs and requirements
  • Install, configure, and test drive the Zebra Search Engine to improve the searching capabilities of your Koha application
  • Configure the Cataloging module to make finding and evaluating items in a library amazingly simple for patrons
  • Migrate catalog data from other systems into Koha
  • Configure the circulation module by mapping your library's policies to rules and preferences in Koha
  • Customize the look of the public interface for users by configuring the OPAC
  • Tons of pointers for troubleshooting common problems that arise with your Koha installation
  • Many tips on software maintenance to make sure that your application is updated with the latest changes
  • Beef up your knowledge of advanced topics such as LDAP integration and Internationalization
  • Set up your Koha server as a Z39.50 server to share your catalog with the outside world
  • Customize your software and share it with the community


In Detail

Koha is the first full-featured open source library management system that is widely used for efficiently managing libraries. However, setting up and maintaining Koha is no walk in the park. It is not as straightforward as setting up the other popular LAMP applications.

This practical guide provides all the essential information that is needed to make the task of installing and configuring Koha really seem simple and easy. It demonstrates how to set up Koha and its various aspects – installation, configuration, application administration, and data migration. It also covers troubleshooting, software maintenance, software customization, and other advanced topics.

The book starts with installing and configuring the LAMP stack and the Koha application to meet your needs. It then goes deeper into setting up various rules and configuring settings for Koha. It also covers data migration of catalog records, software maintenance, and customization of the application. Chapters are also dedicated to providing an insight into advanced topics such as LDAP integration and Internationalization. Filled with numerous code samples and screenshots, this book will tour you through setting up Koha for evaluation or test purposes. It also includes loads of tips for troubleshooting and maintenance activities.

By the end of this book, you will have gained the knowledge to get the most out of your Koha installation.


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