Amy Herman# Olympic College
Deb Derylak | CPTC | she/her (Deb Derylak (she/her))
George Babcock (he/him)
Isaac Devereux (he# him) - Shoreline
Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges)
Lily Kun | SPSCC
Linda Garcia (LCC Library)
Traci Taylor (BTC) (Traci Taylor)
Victoria Solheim - Pierce College
Many thanks to Deb Derylak from CPTC for providing us with an overview of their use of Koha since going live in April 2022.
Contents of the video include the following discussion points:
And here is some additional info Deb shared after the meeting:
As I was chatting with Pearl just now, I realized that I forgot to share something important that folks might be interested in – setting up circulation and fines rules! We find it infinitely easier in Koha than in Alma.
If anyone is curious, here’s a video created by the folks at ByWater about that: https://bywatersolutions.com/education/monday-minutes-circulation-rules. They can also play around with it in ByWater’s Koha staff client demo (at the bottom of their homepage).
00:07:05 Ryer Banta: Hi Deb, Thanks so much for doing this!
00:07:23 Deb Derylak | CPTC | she/her: Happy to be here! :-)
00:08:38 Wade Guidry: • Patron record screen (and patron record loading screen, if you've implemented it) • Basic circulation screen(s), with comments (and maybe a look at) about circ rules management and notice management • Course reserves screen(s) management, if applicable • Basic cataloging screen(s), with comments about how you're bringing or loading records into Koha • Also, any comments about any ways Koha integrates record sources for easier downloads • Basic reporting screen(s), with comments about the basics of how you run reports in Koha • Basic discovery overview, with any relevant comments about how you might be instructing Koha disocovery vs Electronic Resources discovery for your users • Any comments you'd like to make about your experience with migration and ByWater
00:15:34 Wade Guidry: that's nice to have, out of the box sms integration
00:16:31 Amy Herman, Olympic College: Is there a way to anonymize patron loans after return, delete old communications with patrons, etc.
00:27:47 Dan Moore: From the staff side, what's the module look like that controls the OPAC?
00:30:36 Amy Herman, Olympic College: It's refreshing to see circulation called, "Circulation" and cataloging called, "Cataloging," etc. ha ha
00:30:44 Dan Moore: I've got envy watching all these Koha screens just instantly load with new/updated data...
00:32:03 Dan Moore: Can you add remote resources to Reserves
00:32:55 Melinda Martin: Curious about the electronic resource collections - does it have a similar activation function to the Community Zone?
00:33:16 Kirsti Thomas (Seattle Colleges): To be fair "Fulfillment" in Alma encompasses a lot more than just Circulation (e.g. digitization requests). We just don't use any of the other non-Circ functions.
00:38:16 Wade Guidry: Melinda, Bywater does have an ERM offering, CORAL, that is open source code, but not part of the Koha code base. Here's a list of the Bywater supported offerings: https://bywatersolutions.com/products
00:41:33 Amy Herman, Olympic College: Do you use OCLC Connexion at all?
00:42:29 Dan Moore: Out of curiosity, how much did Bywater quote out for consulting on implementing and training y'all on Koha? What does that contract contain - support for the future at all, or is there a "go live" date where they sorta cut ya loose?
00:46:02 Amy Herman, Olympic College: Koha is JUST for the library catalog, correct? You don't have a "discover" layer like Primo, to search catalog and databases at the same time?
00:48:16 Wade Guidry: Amy, that's right. If you look at the link I included in my response to Melinda, you can see discovery options Bywater supports, including Folio. Reminder, Bywater is an independent consulting and hosting group, not a developer / vendor like ExLibris or SirsiDynix.
00:48:27 Dan Moore: Is your Koha hosted locally or by Bywater? If it's hosted, do you have SFTP access?
00:48:58 Amy Herman, Olympic College: Do you have a "preview" or sandbox option, to view changes before they go live on the public interface?
00:52:11 Dan Moore: Any notes you can share about costs that Bywater quoted you?
00:53:00 Victoria Solheim - Pierce College: Is there an offline function in case of internet outage?