[Koha] Introduction / Inventory questions

Bob Birchall bob at calyx.net.au
Tue Oct 16 14:24:54 NZDT 2012

On 16/10/12 10:50, Chris Cormack wrote:
> On 16 October 2012 12:43, BWS Johnson <abesottedphoenix at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Salvete!
>>> We undertook a stocktake earlier this year using Koha 3.4.  We didn't use
>>> the stocktake module though.  What we did was return all items through the
>>> circulation desk.  This changes their last seen date to the current date.  Once
>>> we had done that I then made a report which showed the biblio/item details and
>>> included whether the item was on loan or not and the date last seen.
>>> Any item not on issue or not seen prior to the date the stocktake began was
>>> considered missing and its status was changed to lost.
>>> We have undertaken stocktakes using the same process and with three different
>>> Library Management Systems and have come to the conclusion it is the best
>>> method.  Using a laptop with scanner and wifi connection means you aren't
>>> dragging books to the issue desk.
>>> Below is the report I use, which could also be used as a shelf check list. If
>>> you only have one branch then take out the highlighted line.  Not sure that it
>>> would work in your version but worth a try :)
>>      I concur that this is a stellar way to ensure accuracy. A side benefit is that you can shelf read, weed, and shift as you go along.
> I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no reports module in
> 2.2.9 (not in the way there is in 3.2.0 onwards anyway). So without
> access to the db itself (and a knowledge of sql as the tables are a
> bit different), that report won't be able to be used.
> However on the good news front, the rest of the method will work just
> fine. The trick will be getting the data out of the database.
> Here is how you can back up the database,
> http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Backing_up_Koha#Complete_dump
> (You are running the Koha server on linux eh?).
> Now for some more bad news, upgrading from 2.2.9 (which is I think 6
> years old now and about 27 versions behind) is not super easy. Here
> are some instructions
> http://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Upgrading_2.2 . HOWEVER don't do
> this on your live system, please set up a copy of it somewhere, and
> upgrade that first to test.
> Hope this is some help
> Chris

I'd actually go further and recommend not upgrading from 2.2.9 (although 
you can do so).  I think you'll get a cleaner result by exporting your 
data from 2.2.9 and importing it to a fresh install of 3.8.x.  Of course 
it depends on how much history you need or want to retain and the 
expertise available to help you, but there are several pain points in 
coming all the way from 2.2.9  (which as Chris says is very old now) to 3.8.

Just my opinion, hope it helps.
Bob Birchall

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