It’s been a couple of years since I’ve updated this blog. So here is a summary of my current status.
I’ve cataloged 9401 books in Koha. Most of them are fantasy/science fiction or young adult books. A lot of good fantasy is published in the young adult category. Can you say “Harry Potter”? There are a lot of mysteries and other fiction yet to go. That should bring the total up to around 10,000.
My main workstation and my server are running KDE on openSUSE 12.3. I have another machine running IPFire as a firewall to the internet. There is also a testbed multibooted with whatever Liinux distributions catching my fancy. The most recent is openSUSE 13.1 release candidate 2.
I’m still using my ASUS 1201N netbook, mostly for debugging networks. I’ve fallen in love with my Motorola XY-Board (XOOM 2). It has a 4G Verizon link. They wanted $35/month to add it to my phone account giving me 4GB combined download a month. For $30/month on a month-to-month plan, I get 4GB for each. I think my new phone at the end of February 2014 will be a plane phone with no data.
I’m currently driving a 2012 Hyundai Sonata and loving it. I recently got a 1950 Studebaker ½ ton pickup. What fun.
Some (possibly) helpful hints in converting DBTextworks to Marc records.
We have cracked the problem I had with converting the DBTextwork file I had created (which looked fine until the Marcedit was run over it and all the fields just ran into each other)) by doing the following in Marcedit
We did the patron and loans conversions and went live about a month ago. The staff have all been enthusiastic about Koha. So far, we’ve done two custom modifications: Membership cards and labels and full Gaylord book labels. Continue reading
I will post the Koha training manual here in draft until I have time to review it next week with key folks to insure we get the right information posted. Unfortunately, the only Koha documentation available is web based, so I am converting their web documentation to .pdf files, so that they can be customized and printed for our use. Please feel free to post your comments here regarding the training documentation.
Koha Training Draft v1.4.
The manual is a direct crib from the Koha 3.0 manual put into a PDF form with our Library’s logo on the cover. We really need to revise it soon for 3.2.
The catalog records for books are selected and exported. DBTextCatalog will convert them into MARC records, which can then be bulk imported into Koha. The MARC record will have a 952 field for each physical volume.