September 22nd, 2011
Six Libraries Partner to Bring Customizable Print Slips to Koha
ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company announced today that six of their library partners are joining forces to bring customizable print slips to the Koha ILS.
The libraries collaborating on this effort include:
The Northeast Kansas Library System of Lawrence, KS,
Wiggin Memorial Library of Stratham, NH,
Rolling Hills Consolidated Library of St Joseph, MO,
Los Gatos Public Library, of Los Gatos, CA,
San Benito Free Library of San Benito, CA,
Arcadia Public Library of Arcadia, CA.
ByWater Solutions will be partnering with Catalyst IT, of Wellington NZ on this development, making it a multi-state, multi-country collaborative effort.
The custom print slip development will make it easy for libraries to customize both the data that is displayed on their checkout and holds slips, as well as the formatting. Until now, any changes to the slips required edits to Koha's template code, which would then have to be maintained across upgrades. With this development, the local customizations will be stored in the database, and can be edited at any time by a staff member with suitable permissions.
Not only will all the basic patron information be available to display (or not to display, if you are concerned about privacy), but so will Extended Attributes, allowing the library to display the content that's truly relevant to their patrons.
Ian Walls, ByWater's Lead Development Specialist stated:
"I'm very excited to see so many of our partners getting together to make this development a reality. Every library has their own needs, and one of the great things about open source is that a bunch of libraries can work together to come up with a solution that will meet all their needs at once, saving time and money, not to mention making the software that much better for other libraries the world over"
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.
About ByWater Solutions:
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, top ranked support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: www.bywatersolutions.com