[Koha] Introduction and authority import question

John Vosmek john at vosmek.org
Sat Feb 27 11:44:09 NZDT 2010

Hi All,

Let me first follow the suggestion from the subscription confirmation email
when I joined this list and introduce myself.  I am a cataloger by training
and currently a manager of a library technical services department.  I have
been interested in Koha for a while and have wanted to play around with it
since I first heard about it.  My background in the command-line environment
is essentially nil (a little bit when I was getting my MLS) but I would like
to learn more.  I found out about the Koha virtual appliances created by
Kyle Hall and was able to get Koha up and running in VirtualBox on my

My intent is to try to catalog my personal library on Koha and I have a few
reasons for doing so.  First, I want to have an inventory of my personal
collection.  Second, I'm just generally curious about Koha and want to learn
more about it, and learn a little about ILS administration.  Third, where I
work, we currently use a very non-standard system, and I want to stay
up-to-date and in practice (also, as a manager, I don't really do a lot of
cataloging these days) with a system that adheres more closely to cataloging
norms.  I realize that using Koha for my personal catalog is probably like
using a bazooka to swat a fly, but I think it will be very instructive for
me nonetheless.

So, that's why I'm here.  Now, my question is this:  I would like to import
authority records that I download form the US Library of Congress.  It is my
understanding that the only way to do this in Koha is using the
bulkauthimport.pl script, right?  OK, here's the part where I'm embarrassed
for being such a noob...  How do I do that?  I know how to download the MARC
record, and I assume I run the script from the command line and not from the
Web interface, but I don't know who I need to be logged in as and how to run
the script or to point it to the file I want to import.  Is this something
someone can explain to me?  I hope it's not bad form to ask such a basic

Thanks for any help you can provide,

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied
corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by
strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson
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