Our Koha modification: rotating Banner/ Title display

One of Prosentient's more popular Koha modifications has been the rotating Banner of new titles for the home page of our clients' OPACs. Today we've made a further enhancement to give our users more control over what exactly displays there.

Each of these modifications to the Rotating Title Display can be made by going to Administration > System Preferences > Local Use and then clicking the New preference button. The bold text below shows what the System Preference variable must be (the explanation can be whatever text you want that will remind you how the preference works):

  • ProsentientNewTitleBranch: This preference limits the display to rotate only through items from a specific branch in your system. In the Value field type in your Branch Code in single quotes. You can list multiple branches but they must each be in their own quotes and separated by a comma. eg. 'BRANCH1','BRANCH2'
  • ProsentientNewTitleItemTypes: This preference limits the display to rotate only through items with a specific Item Type. In the Value field type in the code for your Item Type in single quotes. You can list multiple Item Types but they must each be in their own quotes and separated by a comma. eg. 'BOOK','EBOOK'
  • ProsentientNewTitleDate: This preference allows you to choose whether to rotate the items through recent titles based on the date they entered your catalogue, or the date they were published. When you're creating this preference in the Koha Internal area below the variable, choose Choice for the Variable Type, and type in publicationyear|dateaccessioned in the Variable Options.

These new system preferences address a few requests people have made since introducing the Rotating Title Banner, so we hope they're useful. As always, if you'd like any help in getting these set up on your system, let us know.

Case Studies

Koha, Interdocs and GratisNet in Northern Territory Health

The Northern Territory’s Health Library Network signed up for Prosentient System’s document delivery system and were impressed with the after sales service.  “We found Edmund to be very good to work with” explained Resources Management Librarian, Ruby Lindberg.  “No matter how many times we rang he was always patient and helpful.  After sales service and support is very important to us because we don’t have the technical in-house knowledge of the applications to do it ourselves”.  Their good experience with Interdocs soon led the library to join GratisNet, and then to take up the hosted Koha Library Management System.

DSpace: Australian Open Access Support Group

In this case study published by the Australian Open Access Support Group, Gemma Siemensma, Library Manager at Ballarat Health Services, describes the thinking and processes behind the introduction of their DSpace repository

Koha and DSpace in the NSW Parliamentary Library

When the Parliamentary Library of New South Wales began using Koha as its Library Management system and DSpace as its digital repository, the staff didn't do so to make a political statement about the viability of open source software. “This was just the software that fulfilled our requirements,” said Deborah Brown, Parliament’s chief librarian.

While having a physical collection, NSW Parliament library's lifeblood is digitized news media. Through their parliamentary copyright exemption they reproduce and store dozens of articles each day for the use of the Members of Parliament (and their staff) who make up their user base.

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