Koha serves all types of library from National Libraries to the smallest voluntary association collections. The reason one system is able to satisfy users in such diverse library environments is its flexibility. Koha offers librarians full access to the system parameters and over 500 system preferences that mould system behaviour to your workflows.
Koha for Schools comes pre-configured in a manner typically useful for Australian schools. Your Koha will operate satisfactorily on day one. Nonetheless, you are able to change the configuration should you wish.
Parameters you might change include:
- Branches: rename your branch or if you operate on more than one campus, add others (control of inter-branch transfers is another strength of Koha);
- Item types;
- Collection codes;
- Location codes;
- Borrower (student and staff) categories;
- Add extra Z39.50 targets;
- Tailor the circulation rules to your policies;
- Change the text and triggers of email circulation alerts and overdue notices.
Koha’s system preferences can determine:
- Whether your catalogue can be searched by internet users generally or only by logged in users;
- Whether the librarian at one branch can change borrower and item records at another branch;
- The content and other features of your OPAC home page;
- Whether certain records are suppressed from OPAC display;
- Whether item barcodes are assigned automatically;
- Circulation policies (issuing, reserves) and whether fines are charged;
- Whether the self check out module is enabled and whether it is for issues and returns, or just issues;
- Whether any enhanced content is added to your catalogue (from Library Thing, Amazon etc);
- Some borrower characteristics such as minimum password length and whether card numbers are issued automatically.
Koha’s useful Tools module allows further configuration through:
- a calendar of dates when the library is closed (public and school holidays, etc) that can be used to adjust due dates for loans, fines (if applicable) and the issuing of email notices;
- the tailoring of email notices, providing circulation alerts and notice of overdues: both the text of the notice and the triggers for its issue can be modified by the librarian;
- utilities for the batch modification of student records, bibliographic records and item records.