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About Koha Koha is the first free software library automation package. In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of users collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. Full-featured ILS Full text searching Web-based Interfaces.
Free Software / Open Source. Koha is distributed under the Free Software General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later. No Vendor Lock-in. Library Standards Compliant. Koha is built using library standards and protocols that ensure interoperability between Koha and other systems and technologies, while supporting existing workflows and tools.
Features Koha is web-based ILS, with a SQL database (MySql preferred) backend with cataloguing data stored in MARC and accessible via Z39.50. The user interface is very configurable and adaptable and has been translated into many languages.Koha has most of the features that would be expected in an ILS, including: Simple, clear interface for librarians and members (patrons) Various Web 2.0 facilities like tagging and RSS feeds Union catalog facility Customizable search Circulation and borrower management Full acquisitions system including budgets and pricing information (including supplier and currency conversion) Simple acquisitions system for the smaller library Ability to cope with any number of branches, patrons, patron categories, item categories, items, currencies and other data Serials system for magazines or newspapers Reading lists for members
Current status & Users The latest stable release of the Koha is 3.8.3. More than 300 libraries are using Koha, including academic, public, school and special libraries, in Africa, Australia,Canada, USA, France, India and, of course, New Zealand. Country
British Council Libraries
Central University of Kerala
Chitkara Central Library, Implemented & Maintained CIET , by Chalkpad Punjab,http://library.chitkar (http://www.chalkpad.in) a.edu.in
Boston University Study Abroad London Library
Modules Full-featured ILS including modules for
Circulation Cataloging Acquisitions Serials Reserves patron management, Branch relationships, and more. Dual Database Design: Text-based and RDBMS to handle the transaction load of any library
Koha Standards The developers of the product have taken care to adhere strictly to international standards. Industry standards: Z39.50, UNIMARC, ISO2709, MARC21. For technical standards: the OPAC is "valid XHTML ", and respects the standards of accessibility. Web standards recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium.
System requirements Server operating system: Windows, Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, MacOS X, or any other Unix. Web server: Apache. Programming language: Perl.
Database:MySQL, PostgreSQL Integrated Library software: Koha 3.8.3
Koha Back-up Software:
SSH-tunneled MySQL replication.
Database dumps using the mysql dump utility
On the hardware level, the production system utilizes a two-disk RAID 1 configuration for data redundancy in the event of single-disk hardware
failure. The system partitions use the Reiserfs journaling file system which provides another point of data redundancy