[Koha] Consortia, what's the best way to set them up?

Elaine Bradtke eb at efdss.org
Wed Mar 16 03:01:36 NZDT 2011

Thanks for the pointer, it seems to work more or less as expected.  I
just set up a couple branches and a group on our test site.
In retrospect, I think we should have thought  this through more
carefully before we chose the url (catalogue.efdss.org), but that can
be fixed with aliases.
The groups feature seems especially useful if you want to limit your
search by geography, or perhaps specialization.
It will be interesting to see how independent these branches can be,
as we are dealing with very independent organizations. I know for
certain there will be objections to having our logo and colour scheme
all over their catalogue (the site has been 'skinned' by an outside
marketing company).
But all this came about as an after thought, as we began to understood
how powerful Koha is, and it's an exciting prospect, if a rather low
priority at the moment.  Still, it has great potential in bringing
information together, which is what it's all about in the long run.

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM,  <hansbkk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Elaine,
> Wherever you see in Koha the term "branch", substitute "member
> library" in your thinking and planning; I believe it's actually
> labeled "library" rather than "branch" in some places, but these refer
> to the same fields in the database, which are designed to accommodate
> your needs.
> In the sysadmin/sysprefs area, there are two different types of
> groupings to set up, before you start creating the branch/library
> objects in your database. I did a bit of research on their
> meaning/purpose, and posted a question to the list, which I've just
> now followed up on after not having received an answer. If we still
> don't get one, I believe the information I posted is "close enough" to
> true, at least from a practical POV. Here's the history in the
> archives:
> http://koha.1045719.n5.nabble.com/library-quot-categories-quot-groups-td3404765.html
> Hope this helps a bit to get you started,
> Hans
> On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 6:03 PM, Elaine Bradtke <eb at efdss.org> wrote:
>> Now that we've got our system up and running, we want to reach out to
>> other small libraries with similar collections. Our idea is to build
>> up a little online consortium based in Koha, with us providing
>> filespace and managing the system.
>> We would like the OPAC user to be able to search all libraries at
>> once, or choose a specific library (or perhaps more than one, but not
>> all).  What is the best way to set these up?  The libraries themselves
>> would also have to be independent as far as patrons, loans, and other
>> policies.
>> I'd love to hear from other library consortia out there who could
>> offer some pointers.

Elaine Bradtke
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