[Koha] Koha details/features
rachel at katipo.co.nz
Wed Sep 6 18:59:35 NZST 2000
> Perusing the web site I find myself full of questions as to the exact
> capabilities and features of KOHA. For example, does it handle
> distribution; bar coding, scanning and things like that? What are its
> exact functions and capabilities?
What's distribution? Is that circulation - issues and returns - if so yes, this
runs a medium sized public library right now - so issues and returns, various
Yes does barcode scanning - am surprised by how often this comes up - we
couldn't imagine that a system wouldn't do it - so don't think to make a big
deal of it - is like "does it take a keyboard" :-)
we are working to revise the original RFP/spec documents and database
structure diagrams - as what we planned and what turned out are somewhat
However it has what we consider to be the "normal" functionality of a public
library system - ie a system to run a public library :-)
Specifically: catalogue, members (patrons to the USA peoples), circulation,
acquisitions, opac - is light in the areas of built in reports - we've been using
a 3rd party report writer which is clunky - although fine if you know how to
write SQL queries.
More specifically than that - it doesn't curently import MARC records as
such - primarily we haven't needed too, but there is a project to do that
underway that we're hoping to tap into.
It doesn't currently do Z3950 - again not something the people who
commissioned the system needed right now - so hasn't been written.
It DOES do reserves, fines, overdues, and knows about branches, and
definitly if you had 2 schools running it you could merge the catalogues. AS
it is now they could be two branches of one library - but we also want to be
able to have a sort of meta library layer that lets them be 2 seperate libraries,
but have joint catalogue.
> Any whacks with a clue-bat, pointers, descriptions of capabilities, and
> other info for a KOHA newbie would be greatly appreciated
We went public with it about 6 weeks ago and have been blown away by the
response - so are madly trying to get the documentation etc more accurate
so we can make it available
Rachel Hamilton-Williams Katipo Communications
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