KohaNA 2015 – Intro to SQL, Linux and Git for novices

This morning at KohaNA the conference split into two different sessions: one led by Christopher Brannon on SQL and the basics of creating reports in Koha, and one led by Joel Sasse and Kyle Hall on Linux and GIT. Christopher described the bare bones of the SQL query: SELECT, FROM, […]

KohaNA 2015 – Libki Integration

Kyle Hall, Development Support Specialist at ByWater Solutions, presented on Libki and how to set up the parameters. Libki’sis an open source PC reservation software. You can name the PC clients, set time constraints, and manage client access. There are two kinds of users, persistent users and guest users. Persistent […]

KohaNA 2015 – Being a Part of the Koha Community

Nick Clemens, Technical Services Librarian at Quechee Library, gave a wonderful summary of terms and tools used to participate in the Koha community. He opened with an introduction to the Koha Community IRC and gave a warm shout-out to everyone (access IRC in your web browser here: and view IRC […]

KohaNA 2015 – Koha LDAP Implementation and Patron Imports 3

Steve Weber, System Administrator at Mercyhurst University and Rebecca Crago, Systems and teaching Librarian at Mercyhurst University, presented on their experience using Kohawith LDAP. Steve explained that LDAP is a protocol that allows one system to look up user data in directory. This facilitates single sign-on and other ways to […]

KohaNA 2015 – Koha Transport Cost Matrix

Christopher Brannon, IT Coordinator for Coeur D’Alene Public Library and CIN ( the Cooperative Information Network ) presented information about Koha‘s transport cost matrix and how it has made fulfilling holds through CIN much more efficient. First, Chris showed off the transport cost matrix editor, where each combination of library […]

KohaNA 2015 – Ed Veal on Community 1

Ed Veal, Lead Educator of ByWater Solutions opened up the start of day 2 of the KohaNA conference with a discussion about community. He stressed how the Koha community makes such a huge difference between proprietary and Open Source software. Koha, as a community driven platform, has no company directing […]

KohaNA 2015 – Koha with RFID and SIP2 1

Chris Rohde and Rendi Hodge from the Roseville Public Library in Roseville, California presented their work and experience using Koha with RFID reading technology using the SIP2 protocol. Chris and Rendi presented remotely from the Roseville Library using GoToMeeting. One of the primary benefits of using Koha with SIP is […]

KohaNA 2015 – Managing Koha MARC Frameworks 1

Rebecca Crago, a Systems and Teaching Librarian at Mercyhurst University, used her session to discuss managing MARC frameworks in Koha. Think of Frameworks as templates for creating new bibliographic records. Koha comes with some predefined frameworks that can be edited or deleted, and librarians can create their own frameworks for […]

KohaNA 2015 – Installing Koha

Aaron Williams, a web developer for Mercyhurst demonstrated how to install Koha. Starting with a discussion of hardware requirements, Aaron passed around a Raspberry Pi while discussing that even such a small inexpensive device is capable of running Koha, though it may not be the fastest. His overview discussed the […]