[Koha] Managing ebooks and databases

Hal Bright HBright at farmingtonlibraries.org
Wed May 18 02:04:19 NZST 2011

A question I can answer.  I uploaded data I was able to obtain from the Overdrive reports and created MARC records with MARCEdit.  Overdrive uses a "Network key" to link into their catalog, which I used for the 856 URL field.  Then I uploaded the records into the catalog (yesterday, in fact).  The only problem I have is the results for an author search floats all the "E-Overdrive" items to the top of the results, crowding out all the other "NEW" items [Bywater is working on this issue]  Here is a link to a sample record.

From: koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz [koha-bounces at lists.katipo.co.nz] on behalf of Joann Ransom [jransom at library.org.nz]
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011 5:01 PM
To: koha
Subject: [Koha] Managing ebooks and databases

Good morning my Koha friends,

I need some advice. We are running 3.2 and within a few months we will be joing a consortia offering ebooks for download. It will either be Overdrive or a vendor using the Overdrive platform. I am not interesting in discussing how bad / evel etc Overdrive are - I have no choice as practically all of NZ will be joining  together into several consortia.

My question is how do Koha libraries provide access to ebooks within the Koha OPAC? Ditto with suubscription databases - is there a clever way to manage these in a useful ways for library patrons?

Thanks in advance,

Cheers Jo.

Joann Ransom RLIANZA
Head of Libraries,
Horowhenua Library Trust.

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