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  • LISWire: Koha Community Announces 19.05 Release

    May 31st, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open source library system, announced this week that the Koha 19.05 release is available. This major release includes 15 new features, 246 enhancements, and 437 bugfixes. Full release notes are available at:

    Nick Clemens, 19.05 Release Manager and ByWater Solutions Developer, recently commented on the release:

    This release (as always) is the work of many librarians, developers, and community members who donate their time and effort to the project. Their contributions help shape the release, and the project going forward. None of this would be possible without them, and my sincere thanks goes out to everyone who had a hand in the project.

    Sponsorship of New Features
    We thank the following ByWater Solutions' Partners who have sponsored new features in Koha!

    Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS)
    Self-check module highlighting (Bug 19458)
    Email librarian when purchase suggestion made (Bug 5770)
    Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)
    Branch transfer limits (Bugs 22330, 7614, 7534)
    Portsmouth Public Library
    Add holds and account information to self checkout module (Bug 21772)
    Round Rock Public Library
    Add language and ccode facets to Elasticsearch (Bugs 17169 and 18213)
    Ability to check out items that are already checked-out without staff intervention (Bug 17171)
    Carnegie Stout Public Library
    Detailed description of charges on Accounting tab (Bug 19489)
    “Edit as New” in Advanced Cataloging Editor (Bug 42090)
    DoverNet Dover Public Library
    Validate SMS numbers (Bug 22594)
    Virginia Tech University Libraries
    Patron password reset limited by patron category (Bug 21890)
    Bedford Public Library
    Add support for SIP2 field CM - Hold Pickup Date (Bug 19619)
    Arcadia Public Library and Middletown Township Public Library
    Mark Hold Items 'On hold' instead of 'Available' (Bug 15505)
    Fargo Public Library
    Holds rerouting dialog improvements (Bug 21346)
    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, is proud to be a part of the Koha Community.

    Nick Clemens, 19.05 Release Manager and ByWater Solutions Developer, additionally adds

    Extra thanks to all who helped me with this release, and with getting here to be the release manager for this version. I am so lucky to work with such a great team on a wonderful project and look forward to helping make Koha better on each release. Excelsior!

    Access the Release
    Koha 19.05.00 can be downloaded from:

    Installation instructions can be found at:

    Koha Wiki
    Full Documentation

    Release Team
    The release team for Koha 19.05.00 is

    Release Manager: Nick Clemens
    Release Manager assistants:
    Tomás Cohen Arazi
    Jonathan Druart
    QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
    QA Team:
    Tomás Cohen Arazi
    Alex Arnaud
    Chris Cormack
    Jonathan Druart
    Kyle Hall
    Julian Maurice
    Josef Moravec
    Martin Renvoize
    Marcel de Rooy
    Topic Experts:
    REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
    SIP2 — Colin Campbell
    EDI — Colin Campbell
    UI Design — Owen Leonard
    Elasticsearch — Ere Maijala
    Bug Wranglers:
    Indranil Das Gupta
    Jon Knight
    Luis Moises Rojas
    Packaging Manager: Mirko Tietgen
    Documentation Manager: Caroline Cyr-La-Rose
    Documentation Team:
    David Nind
    Lucy Vaux-Harvey
    Translation Managers:
    Indranil Das Gupta
    Bernardo González Kriegel
    Wiki curators:
    Caroline Cyr-La-Rose
    Release Maintainers:
    18.05 — Lucas Gass
    18.05 — Jesse Maseto
    18.11 — Martin Renvoize
    17.11 — Fridolin Somers
    Release Maintainer assistants:
    18.05 — Kyle Hall
    About Koha
    Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

    Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit:

    About ByWater Solutions
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes.

    Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions for Koha support not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit:

    For more information
    Jessica Zairo
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
    ByWater Solutions

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