Import MARC records into Koha using graphical interface

Prepare MARC file. 
Check item information (tag number 952); branch code, accession number, item type etc. If number of MARC records goes beyond 1000, split into small batches (1000 records per batch). Otherwise, it will take a long time to import records and chance for time out and can't know the progress. Command line method is good for importing bulk records.

A sample MAR record

Customize email notices

Koha has the option to send email notices to users in various occasions like over due, Check-in, check-out, renewal etc. Sample notices are available with Koha. Library staff can customize the subject line and content of the emails.

First of all a mail server need to install and add email credentials. Check the tutorial on How to configure Gmail with Postfix.

Here is a customized notice from my library.

Customize email notices
Sample messages can be find at Tools > Notices&Slips
Let see how can we customize a notice send from Koha when a user check out book. 

Click on Edit button against the CHECKOUT notice.

Koha 16.05.05 Live DVD released

Koha 16.05.05 Live DVD now available for download.
Following are features of Koha Live DVD:

    Configured for ready to use
    Zebra server enabled
    Customized MARC fields in cataloging
    Automated database backup
    Build on Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS
    Sample reports
    Easy installation
    Detailed Read Me file.

Download links,

User would like to install Koha manually, please visit,

Data migration from SOUL 1 to Koha

Data migration from SOUL version 1 to Koha involves following steps,

1. Export data from SOUL
2. Import data into WINISIS and Export in iso format
3. Converting the data into MARC 21 using MarcEdit software
4. Import records in Koha.

Export data from SOUL in CCF format.
Change the extension of the file to .iso by right click on file and Rename.

Create web pages in Koha (Koha as a CMS)

Users can publish pages on Koha OPAC  and OPAC can act as a tiny library web site. I have tried this feature on Koha 3.22.10 version. Very detailed documentation available at Koha Wiki. Here is Koha OPAC with few pages;
A page in OPAC to describe library collection.

Synchronize and store Koha backup in Dropbox

Drobox is an online storage service and it offers 2 GB free storage space. "Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which device is used to view it. Files placed in this folder are also accessible via the Dropbox website and mobile apps". It is very convenient to store Koha database backup in Dropbox cloud storage. No need to copy Koha data base in pen drive everyday.

Install Dropbox client
Create Dropbox account.
Ubuntu users can install the package using the command;

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

After the installation of the package, open the client from
Applications > Internet > Dropbox
Let it finish the installation.

Sign in the Dropbox account after finishing the installation.