KOHA-Integrated Library System Seminar (Malaysia)

Organized by
Bio-ICT Centre and Knowledge & Information Centre, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia

Date: 21st and 22nd April 2009 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Venue: Hydro Majestic Hotel, Batu Feringghi, Penang, Malaysia
Fee: RM400.00

Target Audience:
➢ Library Manager
➢ Librarian
➢ IT Personnel
➢ People who wants to start using Open Source Integrated Library System
➢ Anybody who wants to migrate from old/existing system to web-based system

Anyone interested in joining a workshop, please contact;

Miss Farah Nadiah (+604-562 2237) or email at farah_nadiah@amdi.usm.edu.my

KOHA - History

Its started sometimes in mid June 2008. We amongst xlibrarian & technologies were discussed about the technology adapted to libraries. The main topic for sure is about library system & also the future of security system in libraries. The reality in Malaysian's academic or university libraries is considered at par with libraries in develop country in term of using system in their daily activities such as operation or information access (but not the system they are using). At a lower level such as colleges, teachers colleges, high or lower school, they are not much bother about system due to the constraint on budgetary. The implementation & maintenance cost is high. Due to this, they are backward in library technology. The ideas & how to resolve this issue is GO FOR OPEN SOURCE. We have alternative system that is KOHA. Yes, we decided to offer our services for a small and medium libraries at a basic charges. Here we go ....

KOHA - Integrated Library Management System

The purpose of this blog is to introduce KOHA an open Integrated Library Management System to libraries in Malaysia. As a library system implementor, this is my point of contribution and to share my knowledge and experience in library world. For more info http://www.koha.org

What is 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.


Full-featured ILS. In use worldwide in libraries of all sizes, Koha is a true enterprise-class ILS with comprehensive functionality including basic or advanced options. Koha includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more. For a comprehensive overview of features visit the Koha feature map.

Dual Database Design. Koha uses a dual database design that utilizes the strengths of the two major industry-standard database types (text-based and RDBMS). This design feature ensures that Koha is scalable enough to meet the transaction load of any library, no matter what the size.

Library Standards Compliant. Koha is built using library standards and protocols that ensure interoperability between Koha and other systems and technologies, while supporting existing workflows and tools.

Web-based Interfaces. Koha's OPAC, circ, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies--XHTML, CSS and Javascript--making Koha a truly platform-independent solution.

Free / Open Source. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). More information on the GPL can be found here.

No Vendor Lock-in. It is an important part of the open-source promise that there is no vendor lock-in: libraries are free to install and use Koha themselves if the have the in-house expertise or to purchase support or development services from the best available source. For more information about obtaining support visit the support page.