Bethesda, MD, November 30, 2011. LibLime, a division of PTFS, announces the public release of LibLime Koha 4.8. LibLime Koha 4.8 represents the innovation, ideas, and talents of many professional librarians with whom LibLime enjoys working and with whom we look forward to a continued professional partnership in years to come.
Many of the features in LibLime Koha 4.8 were envisioned, designed, and funded by a variety of libraries including Colorado Library Consortium, National Association of Realtors, the National Science Foundation, Oyster River School District, South Central Library System, Big Country Library System, Pioneer Consortium, and West Texas Library System. The primary testers in a production environment were South Central Library System and Pioneer Library Consortium.
LibLime Koha 4.8 uses Plack; with the introduction of Plack to LibLime Koha 4.8 we've seen each circulation transaction complete in less than 1/3 of a second. Other features of note in LibLime Koha 4.8 include:
- A new periodicals module: giving libraries greater control and flexibility as periodicals can be centrally managed for an entire library system, while individual libraries are responsible only for their subscription(s). The subscription contains physical items owned by libraries.
- Customizable print slips: management interface for the creation, alteration, saving, and deleting of customize print slips (circulation receipts)
- Expanded hold functionality, including:
- Ability to fill local holds first (thus reducing transportation costs)
- Enriched holds queue report, including sort and pagination support for large list printing and functionality so a hold can be filled (triggered) or passed to another library directly from the report
- New hold notices – for holds canceled and/or expired
- Extensive expansion to SIP2 functionality
- SIP2 support for 3rd party applications such as Talking Tech, 3M, EnvisionWare, Overdrive, TechLogic among others
- Recognition of item vs bibliographic level holds
- OPAC searching enhancements using the rich, accurate detail native to the MARC record and consortia-style searching
- Use of MARC 007 and 008 fields for format display: Format section was added to the search refinements located on the left-hand side of the search results display in the OPAC and
- Use of MARC 007 and 008 fields for advanced format limits – rather than itype or collection code
- Creation of OPAC search groups: Staff members can add groups, and then assign their libraries to particular groups. The groups function as searching mechanisms in the OPAC. For example, if your consortium consisted of three independent libraries and one library system, you could set up a group for the library system so patrons would have the option of searching all of the branches in the system.
- Consortia-level ownership of data: While using a union catalog for bibliographic and authority records, libraries can maintain ownership of or control over item level data as well as patron records and information. Ownership is managed using work groups which are defined and assigned within the staff client by the consortium's system administrators.
- Expansion of billing notice and debt collect scripts: Billing notice script generates notices directly to the patrons, while the debt collect script generates an email message to the library staff and Unique Management. The debt collect generates two types of messages, "submit" (people being newly reported) and "update" for people with changes since they were reported). These features have now been enhanced so that separate libraries in a consortium can run them independently with their own settings.
- Programming strictures and automatic exception raising for database queries. This means that instead of failing silently when there's a problem with the database code, an error is raised that demands immediate attention.
The functionality in LibLime Koha 4.8 is the work of many libraries using LibLime Koha who have sponsored new development and played a key role in the quality assurance process as well as the alpha and beta testing cycles. Following their sign off, LibLime Koha 4.8 went into production at a number of LibLime customer sites and is now approved for general release for other LibLime customers interested in upgrading. Over 100 libraries now use LibLime Koha 4.8 every day.
Additionally, LibLime makes the LibLime Koha 4.8 release readily available as a bundled package that can be downloaded and installed by libraries and other organizations. In keeping with the GPL license, the entire codebase of LibLime Koha 4.8 is also available for developers as a unified git repository in our public repository.
About LibLime - PTFS
LibLime – PTFS is the global leader in providing support for the Koha open source ILS. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, the PTFS LibLime Division educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of Koha in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world's leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com or http://archivalware.net.