[Koha] cover images in koha

Magnus Enger magnus at enger.priv.no
Fri Jun 3 05:54:46 NZST 2011

Koha people!

I have another use case for uploading ones own picture connected to a
title: At one of my clients, not only does the library use Koha, but
the IT department also uses it when they lend IT equipment to
students. They would love to be able to upload pictures of their gear,
to make it easier to identify.

Best regards,
Magnus Enger

2011/6/2 Joann Ransom <jransom at library.org.nz>:
> Hi all,
> I am loving this discussion and would like to add another aspect: DVD
> covers. We have large DVD collections and have no covers at all.  The
> problem, of course, is that they don't have isbns but many do have spine
> numbers. We can find titles in our National Library catalogue by searching
> on that spine number so can get marc records using z39.50 method BUT no
> jacket covers. How are other Libraries managing this?
> Cheers Jo.
> 2011/6/2 Lori Bowen Ayre <lori.ayre at galecia.com>
>> Caitlin,
>> This has been discussed very recently with some folks who are working with
>> ByWater Solutions.  Ian Walls of ByWater summarized the discussion this way:
>> It looks like there are two possible developments being discussed here:
>> 1.  Auto-generated book covers when no image is available (using standard
>> backgrounds with the title over top).  The color or base background image
>> would be algorithmically generated, using some cool algorithm (different
>> colors for different types, etc.)
>> 2.  Uploading and using images for book covers on a per-title basis.
>> There is already an RFC for this out
>> there: http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Local_cover_images_RFC
>> Both are great ideas.  Perhaps they could be merged into a larger
>> framework:
>> The user can upload custom images, or enable external content sources like
>> LibraryThing or Amazon.  For any given title, there would be a hierarchy of
>> which images to use (when available):
>> 1. The custom uploaded image
>> 2a. external content provider 1 (Amazon?)
>> 2b. external content provider 2 (Baker and Taylor?)
>> etc etc etc (for all that you have enabled)
>> 3. Auto-generated book cover images
>> This would give libraries tons of flexibility for where to get images, and
>> both parts could be done independently of each other, as funding allows.
>> From a developers perspective, the auto-generated book covers development
>> is probably quicker (and thus cheaper) than the uploadedimages development,
>> though the latter could draw on the patron image code and structure when
>> it's developed.  Since the latter is also under development by another
>> company, when it's released we can test it, and if it needs any further
>> modification, either have that company do it, or tackle it with them (for
>> much less than full development price).
>> This is a great discussion, and I'm so glad to see it!  I've got some
>> other development ideas I need to put out to our Partners, things I know a
>> lot of libraries have been asking after.  Look for those in coming days.
>> Cheers,
>> -Ian
>> - Show quoted text -
>> --
>> Ian Walls
>> Lead Development Specialist
>> ByWater Solutions
>> ALA Booth 732
>> Phone # (888) 900-8944
>> http://bywatersolutions.com
>> ian.walls at bywatersolutions.com
>> Twitter: @sekjal
>> =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
>> Lori Bowen Ayre // Library Technology Consultant
>> The Galecia Group // www.galecia.com
>> (707) 763-6869 // Lori.Ayre at galecia.com
>> Specializing in open source ILS solutions, RFID, filtering,
>> workflow optimization, and materials handling
>> =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
>> 2011/6/1 Caitlin McGurk <mcgurk at cartoonstudies.org>
>>> Hey all-
>>> Is there anyway to upload cover images for each book into Koha? We're
>>> currently importing covers from Amazon for our books with ISBNS. However,
>>> we're hoping to create records for our student work (comic books) and would
>>> like to scan and add these covers to be displayed in the record as well.
>>> Any ideas?
>>> CM
>>> --
>>> Caitlin McGurk
>>> Librarian
>>> The Schulz Library
>>> The Center for Cartoon Studies
>>> McGurk at cartoonstudies.org
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> Joann Ransom RLIANZA
> Head of Libraries,
> Horowhenua Library Trust.
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