Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Koha-ing the day away

I'm working from home today because I'm not feeling great (nothing serious, just stomach issues) and I'm saving my strength for class this evening. Normally, I'd be at the Family Resiliency Center (warning: really annoying background music) working on setting up their library. But today I'm installing Koha on my Mac so that I can play with settings and then later transfer them to the FRC setup, thereby saving some time to focus on how to catalog their collection instead of poking at Koha the entire time I'm there. They'd like to have everything ready to go by April 25, but I really doubt that's going to happen. Anyway, I need to start keeping better track of what I'm doing in Koha, and my blog is a natural space, so expect more posts about Koha and setting up a brand new library. I'll probably even have some retroactive posts thrown in.

I'm working from this lovely document. Otherwise I would be totally lost.

So many little things to install before I can install Koha: Xtools (which takes up 2.8 GB installed and required me to register myself as a "developer" with Apple and is still installing itself as I type this), MySQL (version 4.1.x, which is old, but actually will work with Koha), and Apache (which was incredibly easy).

At the FRC I had them install Koha (Windows environment on a network) instead of trying to figure it out myself. Better use of time and resources. Although it has taken some work to convince their IT guys that I'm not just setting up a database containing titles and authors. Once again, no one realizes the work that goes into cataloging a collection.


Darla said...

Good luck with your installation. My hat is off to you for installing it. I went with a hosted application from a fellow in Anchorage, Alaska. It has worked quite well and I am happy that I don't have to make sure the program is running, just that I have the right records in it.

Jenn/Yana said...

Thanks! It has certainly been a learning experience. I just wish it wasn't taking so long to tweak it. I'm sure my employers wish it wasn't taking so much time either. :-)