About Koha with Class
Free, hosted ILS for your classroom
"I am so pleased that I could help with piloting the Koha with Class Initiative. The initiative will provide excellent opportunities for library school students and faculty. Faculty can provide their students with hands-on integrated library system experience, which is something faculty cannot normally do due to proprietary issues with most library automation vendors. Experience with a live integrated library system will benefit students greatly as they search for and begin their first professional librarian positions."
Any college or university--anywhere in the world--currently offering a program in Library and Information Studies/ Technology may apply.
Are you teaching coursework in library management, library automation, cataloging or information technology/programming?
Koha with Class Benefits
Best-of-breed Library Technology
Full-featured, hosted, version of Koha Classic (based on Koha 2.2.7), the most widely deployed version of Koha:
- Circulation and borrower management;
- Web-based OPAC with online reserves, renewals, account management;
- Cataloging, full acquisitions;
- Authorities control;
- Serials management;
- Barcode and spine label printing;
- Support for multi-lingual interfaces;
- Z39.50 server with Bath compliance;
- LibLime templates that allow logo and color/layout stylesheet customization.
Students will have full access to the administrative interface and can set up a library from scratch including:
- system preferences;
- library branches;
- book funds, budgets and currency exchange rates;
- item types and borrower categories;
- loan rule matrices;
- authorized values, thesauri and authorities;
- serials planning;
- set up catalog searching stop words;
- Z39.50 servers settings;
- import and export of MARC records;
- spine label and barcode printing.
Koha with Class strengthens your library school's automation programs:
- offers hands-on experience to students;
- allows your program to directly participate in a global open-source project;
- no license restrictions, completely free;
- Since it's web-based, it fits in well with online classrooms;
- tech-savvy students can explore the source code.