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Koha 3.2.0 alpha 2 released

5 May, 2010:

The release of the second and final alpha of Koha 3.2.0 has been announced by Galen Charlton, release manager for Koha 3.2.

The package can be retrieved from
http://download.koha.org/koha-3.02.00-alpha2.tar.gz


Checksums and signatures are also available:
http://download.koha.org/koha-3.02.00-alpha2.tar.gz.MD5
http://download.koha.org/koha-3.02.00-alpha2.tar.gz.MD5.asc
http://download.koha.org/koha-3.02.00-alpha2.tar.gz.sig

These be mirrored on Savannah shortly.

The next two milestones for release are beta and general release.

 

Preliminary and draft release notes for Koha 3.2

New features

Acquisitions

The acquisitions module has been significantly revamped:

  • support for hierarchical funds and budgets
  • budget planning by calendar and item type
  • vendor contract periods

Administratration

  • significant usability enhancements to the system preferences editor
  • many additional granular permissions

Cataloguing

  • bulk item editing
  • revamped inventory/stocktaking
  • ability to export bibliographic information in CSV format from the staff cart
  • new quick spine lable print button
  • support for temporary location and in-process item statuses
  • usability enhancements to cataloging workflow:
    • can now choose whether to edit items after saving a bib record
    • option to move an item from one bib to another
    • option to delete all items attached to a bib
    • ability to clone an item

Circulation

  • ability to define library transfer limits
  • email checkout slips
  • option to enable alert sounds during checkin and checkout
  • improvements in Koha's ability to express circulation policies
  • option to charge fines using suspension days instead of money
  • hold policies are now on the branch/itemtype/categorycode level
  • renewal policies are now on the branch/itemtype/categorycode level
  • ability to specify an expiration date for a hold request when placing it via the staff interface or OPAC
  • daily batch job to cancel expired holds
  • improvements to interface to change the priority of hold requests for a bib in the staff interface
  • new messaging system for patron records, allowing an unlimited number of patron notes to be stored and managed

OPAC

  • additional patron privacy options
  • numerious enhancements to the bib display XML templates
  • per-patron OPAC search history, with ability for patrons to manage the retention of their search history
  • support for Syndetics, LibraryThing, and Babeltheque enhanced content
  • support for RIS and BibTeX export

Reports

  • guided reports can now take runtime parameters

Serials

  • can now specify the subscription end date, library location, and grace periods
  • option to automatically place hold requests for members of a serials routing list
  • numerous bugfixes

Staff Interface

  • the cart has been added to the staff interface
  • enhanced patron card and item label creator
  • support for XSLT templates in the staff bib details display

Web Services and Interface

  • integration with SOPAC, including support for various web services defined by the ILS-DI recommendation
  • support for CAS single sign-on
  • improvements to OAI-PMH support

Documentation

  • As of Koha 3.2, the Koha manual is now maintained in DocBook.

Credits

The following libraries who are known to have sponsored new features in Koha 3.2:

  • Aix-Marseille Universities, France
  • BrailleNet (http://www.braillenet.org/)
  • BULAC, France (www.bulac.fr)
  • East Brunswick Public Library, East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  • Foundations Bible College & Seminary, Dunn, North Carolina, USA
  • Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg, Germany (www.hfjs.eu)
    • XSLT changes to display 880 fields
  • Howard County Library, Maryland, USA (http://www.hclibrary.org/)
  • MassCat, Massachussetts, USA
  • Middletown Township Public Library, Middletown, New Jersey, USA
  • Northeast Kansas Library System, Kansas, USA
  • Plano Independent School District, Plano, Texas, USA
  • SAN Ouest Provence, France
  • vokal (Vermont Association of Koha Automated Libraries), Vermont, USA
  • www.digital-loom.com
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