[Koha] Federated Library based on Koha
aolweny at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 20:38:03 NZST 2010
These libraries are in different countries and whether they will lend
materials to each other is something yet to be worked on.
However, using circulation rules and koha preference settings, the way holds
are managed and limited can be easly controlled.
Hope I have answered you
On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 8:20 PM, Lori Bowen Ayre <lori.ayre at galecia.com>wrote:
> Thanks for this. I think it may come in very handy with a group I'm
> working with.
> I have a question about holds. Do any of these libraries lend materials to
> one another (via patron initiated requests)?
> If yes, do you have any limits on that? I'd be interested to hear more
> about that if you do. Or are you just keeping everything in one database as
> a cost saving measure more than as a way to support resource-sharing?
> 2010/8/15 Anselm Olweny <aolweny at gmail.com>
>> Dear List members,
>> Recently I was involved in setting up a federated library system using
>> koha for African parliamentary libraries. See http://fpl.apkn.org/
>> In this set up all the libraries (18) are using a single database
>> If you visit the particpating libraries found at http://fpl.apkn.org/ you
>> will notice that they all have there own look and feel as well as different
>> addresses for both the opac and staff interface. For example the opac for
>> the Parliament of Kenya library is accessed using http://ke.fpl.apkn.organd its staff interface is at
>> http://ke.fpl.apkn.org:8080; whereas the opac for the Uganda
>> Parliamentary Library is accessed using http://ug.fpl.apkn.org and its
>> staff interface is at http://ug.fpl.apkn.org:8080. Using these addresses
>> these libraries are able to search only their collection.
>> With this mail I intend to share with you how I achieved this, just in
>> case someone may want to develop the same or even help me improve.
>> The illustration below is limited to the creation of a single
>> participating library, however, the steps described were peroformed for all
>> the 18 libraries. The default koha installation serves as the Federated
>> Parliamentary Library interface
>> After successfully installing koha:
>> - I duplicate the perl scripts located in koha/opac/cgi-bin/opac and
>> - I duplicated the templates located in
>> /koha/opac/cgi-bin/opac/htdocs/opac-tmpl/prog/en/modules and
>> - I duplicated the files located in
>> koha/opac/htdocs/opac-tmpl/prog/en/includes and
>> - I duplicated the file opac.css located in
>> - I duplicated the file Auth.pm located in koha/lib/C4
>> - I identified a two letter code to represent the individual libraries
>> e.g. "ug" for Uganda and "ke" for kenya. These codes were also used in
>> distinguishing the opac and staff interface URLs
>> - I renamed all the duplicated files, adding the two letter code e.g.
>> "ug" as a suffix to the file names i.e a file like opac-main.plbecomes
>> opac-mainug.pl, masthead.inc becomes mastheadug.inc; opac-main.tmpl,
>> becomes opac-mainug.pl and opac.css becomes opacug.css
>> - I edited all the renamed files and modified all links in each of
>> them to reflect the new file names e.g. a reference to a file like
>> /cgi-bin/koha/opac-search.pl was modified to /cgi-bin/koha/
>> opac-searchug.pl; opac-bottom.inc was modifed to opac-bottomug.inc etc
>> in all files in which it occurs
>> - In the perl scripts I change C4::Auth; to C4::Authug; and C4::Auth
>> qw; to C4::Authug qw; in all ocurances
>> - I created a new DNS record for the new library e.g ug.fpl.apkn.orgfor the Uganda Parliament Library and enabled the "Repeat this virtualhost
>> stanza" found in /koha/etc/koha-httpd.confSavitra's advice see
>> (thanks to
>> - I created new virtual host entries for the new library opac and
>> staff interfaces in /koha/etc/koha-httpd.conf
>> - I restarted the apache server
>> - I accessed the individual library opac e.g. the uganda Parliamentary
>> library opac using http://ug.fpl.apkn.org
>> - I created logo and banner images and transfered them to
>> koha/opac/htdocs/opac-tmpl/prog/images and
>> - I edited mastheadxx.inc, opacxx.css, loginxx.css and
>> staff-globalxx.css to achieve required look and feel
>> I hope this may help anyone who might need to achieve the same kind of
>> library with koha.
>> I will be glad to provide any clarification and receive advise from you
>> Anselm O
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