[Koha] Koha as a local authors catalog
Fred.King at Medstar.net
Fri Jul 22 11:05:38 NZST 2016
(I sent this earlier today, but it doesn't seem to have gone through. Apologies if this is a duplicate.)
(Please excuse all the capital letters in my message--they're there to make it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR that this is ONLY A BETA PROJECT at the moment.)
At KohaCon 2013 in Reno, I gave a presentation on modifying Koha to serve as a local authors catalog. My presentation was hampered by (1) the Koha server being behind my institution's firewall so I couldn't do a live demo, and (b) I had designed my slideshow the day before during my lunch break since I was giving my presentation in place of someone who couldn't make it.
Three years went by. I learned more and more about Koha. I even took a class in Linux system administration. Then earlier this year I started working on Version 2, and this time I've gotten it right. Well, more so than the previous one. I added a few MARC fields and tags here and there, redesigned some to make more sense, and redesigned the structure to make it more accommodating to different institutions and departments within our system.
I'm going to be giving a presentation at this year's Koha US conference in Monterey next month, and I'd like to give conference-goers and anybody else intersted a preview of my catalog. It's still a TEST SITE, and it DOES NOT OFFICIALLY REPRESENT MY INSTITUTION, or anybody connected with it.
So what is it, and what did I do to Koha?
I work in a hospital library, and the doctors, nurses, residents, and other associates who work here write articles, give presentations, etc. Our library has tracked publications for years, but after we migrated to Koha I decided to try putting our HTML lists of citations into something more searchable. Most of the works our staff produce are indexed in Medline. I took Medline records, converted them to MARC, and uploaded them to an instance of Koha that I had modified to account for the new or modified field tags. There's more to it than that, but I have to save *something* for the conference, don't I? I have 45 minutes to fill after all.
I am delighted to say that this UNOFFICIAl TEST SITE which is NOT OFFICIALLY AFFILIATED WITH MY INSTITUTION OR ANYBODY ELSE is available for PREVIEW at
It's running on one of Digital Ocean's smallest configurations (one processor, 20GB SSD, 512MB RAM), so if a lot of people are looking at it, it may be kind of slow. If it crashes, I'll try moving it to one of their more robust configurations.
Comments are welcome, of course--that's why I'm telling you about this UNOFFICIAL TEST SITE before the conference and before it's official. Send comments to authcat (at) philobiblios (dot) us. (Yes, the web site ends in .info, the e-mail address ends in .us.)
Do you think I put in enough disclaimers?
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
fred.king at medstar.net
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