Why Open-Source? No Vendor-Locking In a proprietary software --- Your supports lock with it. freedom to customize and improvements in software needs, switching vendors means switching software. And then there’s the matter of migrating your data from one vendor to the next. With open source, switching to another service provider is simple. An open-source software development model means that your data is YOUR data..
Understanding Requirements Your need with modules Acquisition Cataloguing Circulation OPAC Reporting Management Maintenance
Why Koha? Web-based Staff Client Koha’s staff client is web-based. This means there is no application to install on every staff computer. Additionally, updates happen server-side so no more waiting for bug fixes to be applied on each computer.
Why Koha? Security, Accounts and Permissions Extremely flexible and highly customizable to your library’s unique policies. E.g. if you decide if patrons should be able to change their password or view their borrower history by logging into their account. There are many Koha’s features, options can be enabled or disabled through Koha’s administrative interface.
Why Koha? Patrons Account Management By logging into their account, your patrons can: renew overdue items place, track and cancel reservations change their password modify account information view their borrowing history (optional) view fines make and manage purchase suggestions set up notifications Koha’s patron interface is friendly and easy-to-use. Patrons can view messages from librarians in the privacy and convenience of their online account. Your library can also send messages to all patrons to announce holidays, closings and special activities.
Why Koha? Powerful Search and Scalability A powerful full-featured search engine. Scalability to tens of millions of records. Multiple record formats. Zebra server record indexing. Integrated meta searching.
Why Koha? Full acquisitions Koha’s feature-rich full acquisitions module makes ordering items a cinch. Additionally, it provides your cataloging team with the tools they need to manage the MARC records for these items as they enter the library’s collection. Here are a few of the highlights: Full serials support Manage orders from vendors Budgets and pricing information Management of borrower suggestions Archives
Why Koha? MARC management tools Koha’s MARC support is rich, encompassing both MARC21 and UNIMARC. Combined with MARC editing and management tools, cataloging staff can easily and efficiently manage a library’s collection of MARC records. These tools include: MARC frameworks to support monographs, serials, etc. MARC authorities control Serials management Support for record import –export.
Circulation User friendly circulation process Comprehensive search at the time of circulation Easy check out and check in Renewal of books Reservation of books is available On screen overdue display Automatic fine calculation
Reports Customized Report Generation Statistics Wizards Book acquisition report Catalogue and circulation report Patron activity report Average Loan time report
Why Koha? Full Featured Multiple libraries and transfers Circulation and fines Patron management Acquisitions module Serials management Authorities control Integrated Z39.50 for resource sharing SIP2 Protocol RFID support Printing functions for barcode labels, ID cards, and overdue notices