Koha ILS

Koha Community Announces 20.05 Release

The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open-source library system, announced this week that the Koha 20.05 release is available. This major release includes 13 new features, 275 enhancements and 592 bugfixes. Full release notes are available at https://koha-community.org/koha-20-05-released/.

Martin Renvoize, 20.05 Release Manager, recently commented on the release:

This release is the result of the work of many librarians, developers, and community members who have donated a huge number of hours to keep the project moving forward. My thanks go out to all who contributed.

This is my final release as a release manager and I'd like to extend my personal thanks to a fantastic team.

Access the Release

Koha 20.05.00 can be downloaded from:

Installation instructions can be found at:

Full Documentation

Release Team

The release team for Koha 20.05.00 is

  • Release Manager: Martin Renvoize
  • Release Manager assistants:
    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Jonathan Druart
  • QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
  • QA Team:
    • Jonathan Druart
    • Marcel de Rooy
    • Joonas Kylmälä
    • Josef Moravec
    • Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • Nick Clemens
    • Kyle Hall
  • Topic Experts:
    • SIP2 — Colin Campbell
    • EDI — Colin Campbell
    • Elasticsearch — Fridolin Somers
    • REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
    • ILS-DI — Arthur Suzuki
    • UI Design — Owen Leonard
    • ILL — Andrew Isherwood
  • Bug Wranglers:
    • Michal Denár
    • Cori Lynn Arnold
    • Lisette Scheer
    • Amit Gupta
  • Packaging Manager: Mason James
  • Documentation Managers:
    • Caroline Cyr La Rose
    • David Nind
  • Documentation Team:
    • Donna Bachowski
    • Lucy Vaux-Harvey
    • Sugandha Bajaj
  • Translation Manager: Bernardo González Kriegel
  • Release Maintainers:
    • 19.11 — Joy Nelson
    • 19.05 — Lucas Gass
    • 18.11 — Hayley Mapley
  • Release Maintainer mentors:
    • 19.11 — Martin Renvoize
    • 19.05 — Nick Clemens
    • 18.11 — Chris Cormack

Thank You to our Library Partners for the Sponsorship of New Features

Many thanks to the following ByWater Solutions' Partners who have sponsored new features in Koha!

Arlington Public Library

Bug 24476 - Allow patrons to opt-out of auto-renewal

Athens County Public Libraries

Bug 24347 - Add a ‘search to order’ function

California College of the Arts

Bug 17221 Orphan comma in shelf browser

Camden County

Bug 18731 - Add routes for acquisition orders

Cedar Park

Bug 23233 - AllowItemsOnHoldCheckout is misnamed and should only work for SIP-based checkouts

Fargo Public Library

Bug 20816 - Add ability to send custom field(s) containing patron information in SIP patron responses

Bug 22784 - Add the ability to archive purchase suggestions

Huntsville Madison County Public Library

Bug 21443 - Add ability to exclude holidays when calculating rentals fees by time period

McKinney Public Library

Bug 21565 - SCO checkout confirm should be modal

Middletown Township Public Library

Bug 21565 - SCO checkout confirm should be modal

Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS)

Bug 23673 - Separate time sent from time created in message_queue table

Payson City Library

Bug 22868 - Circulation staff with suggestions_manage can have access to acquisition data

Round Rock

Bug 22774 - Add ability to limit the number of purchase suggestions a patron may submit in a specified time period

Bug 14567 - Add an elasticsearch driven browse interface to the OPAC

Upjohn Institute

Bug 17674 - Allow UI to delete serials issues in batch

Virginia Tech

Bug 17268 - Advanced cataloging editor - rancor - macros are lost when browser storage cleared

Bug 7611 - Show the NOT_LOAN authorised values for item status in XSLT OPAC search results

VOKAL Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries

Bug 22284 - Add ability to define groups of locations for hold pickup

Williamson County Public Library

Bug 24995 - Add issuedate to table_account_fines and finest in Accounting tab

Thank You to our Library Partners who have Contributed Patches for Koha

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (190)
  • Christopher Brannon (5)
  • Nick Clemens (173)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (8)
  • Lucas Gass (28)
  • Kyle Hall (75)
  • Owen Leonard (118)
  • Kelly McElligott (1)
  • Eric Phetteplace (1)
  • Liz Rea (4)
  • Lisette Scheer (4)
  • Joe Sikowitz (1)
  • Ian Walls (1)

Thank You to our Library Partners who Tested Patches for Koha

  • Tomás Cohen Arazi (148)
  • Donna Bachowski (2)
  • Bob Bennhoff (1)
  • Christopher Brannon (1)
  • Alex Buckley (1)
  • Nick Clemens (202)
  • Martha Fuerst (4)
  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (77)
  • Brendan Gallagher (1)
  • Lucas Gass (29)
  • Kyle Hall (230)
  • Heather Hernandez (8)
  • Abbey Holt (2)
  • Catherine Ingram (1)
  • Barbara Johnson (2)
  • Rhonda Kuiper (2)
  • Owen Leonard (73)
  • Kelly McElligott (25)
  • Agustín Moyano (2)
  • Liz Rea (28)
  • Phil Ringnalda (3)
  • Joel Sasse (1)
  • Lisette Scheer (17)
  • Maribeth Shafer (1)
  • Myka Kennedy Stephens (12)
  • Debra Stephenson (1)
  • Ed Veal (1)
  • George Williams (6)
  • Jessica Zairo (5)
  • Christofer Zorn (1)

About Koha

Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org/.

About ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

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