FMIRO CCU’s public z39.50 server running on Koha ILS achieves 100% reliability on IRSpy.

Hosted by L2C2 Technologies, FMIRO becomes the 5th Indian entry into IRSpy’s global z39.50 directory.

We are happy to announce the z39.50 service of FMIRO CCU (FOSMA Maritime Institute & Research Organisation, Kolkata branch) has achieved 100% reliability as an open access z39.50 search target for bibliographic materials related to maritime and ship operations. With this, FMIRO CCU becomes the fifth publicly announced z39.50 server from India which is listed on IRSpy service provided by Index Data.

FMIRO CCU’s nascent library is hosted on L2C2 Technologies‘s cloud platform using Koha ILS. The FMIRO OPAC is available at : http://fosma-opac.l2c2.co.in/. The collection at FMIRO is a specialized collection focused solely on topics related to maritime, marine engineering, ship building, ship operations and nautical sciences. It is still a very small collection that is quite literally growing by the day.

Host connection reliability

Host connection reliability measures the reliability of the target only in its ability to respond to connections: the display indicates the number of successful connections in the last two months, the total number of attempted connections in that time, and the percentage of successful connections. For example, reliability of 9/15 = 60% indicates that fifteen attempts have been made to connect to the server in the last two months, of which nine (60%) have been successful. [1]

About IRSpy

IRSpy maintains a global registry of information retrieval targets, about 1295 as per recent count (http://irspy.indexdata.com/stats.html), supporting protocols like ANSI/NISO Z39.50 (ISO 23950) and SRU/SRW web services.

About Index Data

Short answer: The guys who publish the Zebra indexing engine and YAZ toolkit and software libraries.

Long answer: Since 1994, Index Data has offered software development, consulting and integration with a focus on search. Our pioneering involvement in open source and open standards dates back to the first release of the YAZ toolkit for Z39.50 in 1995. [2]

References

[1] IRSpy help: info/reliability

[1] About Index Data

FMIRO Kolkata partners with L2C2 Technologies to automate their new library.

FOSMA Maritime Institute & Research Organisation (FMIRO) selects L2C2 Technologies’ Koha support

We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our growing client-partner family in Eastern India – FOSMA Maritime Institute & Research Organisation (FMIRO), Kolkata, a maritime training institute. FMIRO Kolkata has gone live on Koha ILS 16.11 series on L2C2 Technologies‘s cloud hosting platform.

About FOSMA

The Foreign Ship-owners Representatives and Ship Managers Association (FOSMA) was established in India in 1989 to represent foreign owners and ship managers operating in India. Taking in to account that the education, training and competence standards of seafarers is of primary concern and priority of all ship managers in India, the Association established a special purpose vehicle – “FOSMA MARITIME INSTITUTE AND RESEARCH ORGANISATION” (FMIRO), as a non-profit organization under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1958 (now Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013).

Source: http://www.fosma.in

DCB & BI Library, University of Kerala chooses L2C2 Technologies’ Koha hosting service

DCB & BI Library, University of Kerala goes online with Koha Integrated Library System.

We are pleased to welcome the Department of Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, University of Kerala as our newest client-partner from “God’s own country” aka Kerala – the southern most state of India. Earlier the library was running Koha 3.22 on an in-house (on campus) server. With this move, they are now fully hosted on the cloud and are running on the latest major stable version of Koha i.e. on 16.11.x series.

About DCB & BI

The Centre for Bioinformatics, established in 2005 and upgraded as the Department of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in 2011, is a new generation inter-disciplinary as well as multidisciplinary teaching & research Department of University of Kerala, India. The centre offers a two-year innovative MSc (Computational Biology) programme and also 2 one-year MPhil programmes in (i) Bioinformatics (ii) Computer Aided Drug Design. The Department has researchers with vivid backgrounds (Electrical Engineers, Mathematicians, Physicists, Biotechnologists, Botanists, Bio-chemists, Computer scientists are some of them). The Department has its own premises with state of the art informatics laboratory and also a molecular biology and bio-electronics laboratory which provide a balanced training to multidisciplinary talents that the centre attracts. The Department library having a stock of over 2425 specialized books.

The Director is Dr. Achuthsankar S. Nair, who has lead the department since its inception and presently has 6 lecturers, an Emeritus Professor (Dr. Oommen V. Oommen), one Post Doctoral Fellow, half a dozen Project Fellows, 19 full-time research scholars and at any time, 30-40 masters students. The Department also has 2 adjunct Professors, in addition to visiting faculty and Erudite visitors [Prof. Dr. Johann Deisenhofer (Nobel Laureate – 1988) visited the Department on Dec 1-3, 2010, Prof. Martin Chalfie (Nobel Laureate-2008) visited on Jan 5-7, 2011, followed by Prof. Anders Liljas (Nobel Prize Committee Member) on Jan 20-26, 2011.

The Department is situated in the beautiful and green Kariavattom Campus made greener by the department’s “Trees for 2100 AD” initiative.

Source : DCB & BI website

Accessing the OPAC

While the online public access catalogue (OPAC) is presently available at https://dcb-opac.l2c2.co.in/, this will change in a few days once the dedicated domain procurement process is completed.

Don Bosco School, Park Circus partners with L2C2 Technologies to take their library catalogue online

The first K12 school in eastern India to adopt cloud hosted Koha ILS for their library.

It is our pleasure to welcome Don Bosco School, Park Circus, Kolkata as the newest member of our client-partner family in the eastern India. To the best of our knowledge, Don Bosco School is the first K12 school in entire eastern India to move to a cloud based Koha ILS installation. We thank Fr. Bikash Mondal, the principal, Fr. Anil Toppo (Asst Principal) and other officials at DBPC as well as Sri Anup Choudhury the young, enterprising librarian of the senior section, for their forward thinking.

About Don Bosco School (Park Circus)

Located at 23, Darga Road, Kolkata, India, is an all-boys English medium school imparting education from first through twelfth grade. Established in 1958, it is run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, which is a minority institution within the Catholic Church. The school operates under the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education board. The school officially opened on 15 January 1958 with an intake of 460 boys. The school now has an enrollment of 3000 students. It celebrated its golden jubilee in 2008. [1]

References

[1] Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Bosco_School,_Park_Circus

Good news for Koha users in Kerala : SMS Send driver for eSMS Kerala service released as Free Software (FOSS)

ANNOUNCEMENT: L2C2 Technologies has released the SMS::Send::IN::eSMS driver required by Koha ILS users using the eSMS Kerala service provided by the Kerala State IT Mission under a Free Software license. The development of the driver was made possible by the funding support of the State Librarian, State Central Library, Thiruvananthapurm (Trivandrum), Kerala, with KELTRON (Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd) acting as the facilitator. Any Koha library in the state of Kerala who are eligible to use the eSMS Kerala SMS service (provided by KSITM) can now freely implement SMS support using this driver.

With this release, it becomes the second open source regional SMS::Send driver now available to Indian Koha users that can be freely downloaded from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network or CPAN.

Sending SMSes from Koha

For a long time now Koha has supported sending of SMS (short message service) text messages to library patrons and users about account creation, issue, return, fines, holds, overdues, purchase suggestions etc. To send out SMSes from Koha, we have to use the SMS service of a bulk transactional SMS service provider who provides that service.

What are SMS::Send drivers and why does Koha need them?

In order to communicate with the service provider’s messaging sending interface (also called messaging API), Koha uses a type of software called “SMS::Send driver”. The “catch” being that each service provider requires a different SMS Send driver. Sort of like the SIM card in our cellphones e.g. if we wish to use a Vodafone number we must have a Vodafone SIM card. However, unlike a SIM card the SMS::Send driver which is a software module written in the PERL language is not provided by the SMS service provider. Either one has to use a Free & Open Source send driver that already exists OR one has to write one by referring to (usually) the HTTP API of the SMS provider.

About eSMS Kerala

eSMS is an exclusive SMS Gateway established by the Kerala State IT Mission for use by various government departments for providing departmental services over mobile phones.

Downloading the driver

The SMS::Send::IN:eSMS driver can directly downloaded from CPAN by visiting http://search.cpan.org/~indradg/SMS-Send-IN-eSMS-0.01/lib/SMS/Send/IN/eSMS.pm or from L2C2 Technologies’s public repository on Github at https://github.com/l2c2technologies/sms-send-in-esms.

See also

1. “Koha and key lessons of using transactional SMS in India” – https://www.facebook.com/notes/l2c2-technologies/koha-and-key-lessons-of-using-transactional-sms-in-india/805775296178372

Fakirchand College Library partners with L2C2 Technologies

Fakirchand College, West Bengal chooses L2C2 Technologies’ cloud hosting services for their OPAC.

We are happy to extend a warm welcome to our newest client-partner Fakir Chand College, located in Diamond Harbour, West Bengal. The library has a collection of more than 52,191 volumes. The library is divided into three broad sections – the UG, PG and the B.Ed sections.

The online public access catalog (OPAC) can be accessed from here http://fakirchand-opac.l2c2.co.in/

L2C2 Technologies acknowledges with gratitude the co-operation extended by FC College. We would particularly like to thank Smt. Rekha Mondal, Librarian and Dr. Debashish Mitra, Bursar for their support.

About the college

Established in 1948, it is the oldest and largest college in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. Affiliated to the University of Calcutta, the college is named after Sri Fakir Chand Halder, the father of founder Sri Jagadish Chandra Haldar, a local businessman. It offers undergraduate courses in liberal arts, science and commerce, a teacher training course as well as a few post-graduate programs. The college is located at Diamond Harbours in the southern suburbs of Kolkata, on the eastern banks of the Hooghly River quite near where the river meets the Bay of Bengal. [1][2][3]

References

[1] Fakir Chand CollegeWikipedia

[2] History from college website.

[3] Location from college website.

Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences & Hospital library partners with L2C2 Technologies

GIMSH, Durgapur, WB chooses L2C2 Technologies’ cloud hosted Koha ILS service for their new teaching hospital’s library.

In this festive season, we are happy to extend a warm welcome to our newest client-partner – Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital Library, Durgapur, West Bengal (India). GIMSH comes on-board as fully hosted Koha client with Koha based IR (institutional repository) facilities.

The online public access catalog (OPAC) is accessible at https://gimsh-opac.l2c2.co.in/

About Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Science and Hospital

Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences & Hospital, Durgapur is a Medical College with ultra-modern 300-bed hospital setup by Rahul Foundation under the visionary stewardship of Mr. R. N. Majumdar. GIMSH welcomes new admission of 150 M.B.B.S. students in the academic session of 2016-17. The medical school comprises of 21 departments with experienced faculty members with extensive facilities that include well equipped classrooms, laboratories, an air conditioned library etc. The hospital is having all the clinical departments like General Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology (Eye), Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBG), Dermatology, Pulmonology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dental etc. including a full-fledged emergency & trauma care center. [1]

About the Library

The library is located on the 2nd floor of the college building with 1827 sq. m. of floor area that consists of the Stack room, Journal section, air-conditioned Students reading room, Staff reading room, Internet MEDLARS room, Audio-visual unit, Reprography room, Circulation counter, rooms for the Librarian and other staff, Daftaries and Book binders, Skill lab etc.

References:

[1] Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital website

Sammilani Mahavidyalaya partners with L2C2 Technologies for Koha hosting

Sammilani Mahavidyalaya (Kolkata), West Bengal chooses L2C2 Technologies’ Koha hosting services on the cloud.

We are pleased to welcome Sammilani Mahavidyalaya, Baghajatin, Kolkata to our growing family of client-partners in West Bengal. We look forward to working along with them in their quest to transform the library into a model library in the years ahead.

The OPAC is accessible at http://sammilanimahavidyalaya-opac.l2c2.co.in

About Sammilani Mahavidyalaya

Established in 1996, Sammilani Mahavidyalaya is located in Baghajatin on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, Kolkata. Initially the college started functioning from a local secondary school, Santoshpur Vidyamandir (Boys) and the classes were held in the evening. Within a record period of only seven months it’s new building was constructed and the college shifted to its present address. From a humble beginning with just 3 students, the college today caters to the educational need of nearly 2000 students spread across its Humanities, Science and Commerce departments. It is affiliated with the University of Calcutta.

The college website is http://www.sammilanimahavidyalaya.org.

West Goalpara College, Assam, chooses L2C2 Technologies’s hosted Koha platform with local support from Aditi Library Services.

West Goalpara College, Assam, chooses L2C2 Technologies’s hosted Koha platform with local support from Aditi Library Services.

We are happy to announce that Krishna Kanta Handique Central Library, West Goalpara College in the north eastern state of Assam have choosen to implement Koha ILS on our cloud service. They are currently hosted on the latest stable, packaged version of Koha i.e. 16.05.04. The local support will be provided by M/s Aditi Library Services – a known name among libraries in the North East.

The OPAC is available here http://westgoalparacollege-opac.l2c2.co.in.

About West Goalpara College

Setup in 1981, the college is located at Balarbhita, in the Goalpara district of Assam. Affiliated with Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, in the last 35 years, the college has served the higher education needs of over 70,000 students. The college’s central library is named after Padma Bhusan Sri Krishnakanta Handique (also spelt as Handiqui), a great scholar and educationist who also served as the founder Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University. The library was established in 1987 and was inaugurated by Shri Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, then Chief Minister of Assam. The library has a collection of over 20,000 books covering various subjects as well as collections of journals, magazines and newspapers. Aside from the central library, the individual departments have their own departmental libraries for reference service. It is supported by Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region, Government of India.

Acknowledgements

Special mention has to made of Sri Hirak Jyoti Hazarika who was instrumental for bringing Koha ILS to the college. Sri Hazarika has since registered for PhD at NEHU (North East Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya). We wish him every success in life.

Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women chooses L2C2 Technologies for their Koha hosting

RBCC for Women (Naihati), West Bengal chooses L2C2 Technologies’ Koha hosting services on the cloud.

We are pleased to extend a hearty welcome Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women, Naihati to L2C2 Technologies’s growing family of client-partners in West Bengal. We look forward to supporting their library technology requirement at every step in the years ahead.

About Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women

Named after Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay – the father of the Bengali novel and the author of India’s national song “Vande Mataram”, the college is located at East Kanthalpara in modern day Naihati, the birth place of Bankim Chandra. Functioning as an undergraduate degree college affiliated to West Bengal State University (Barasat), the college has a long history. It began in 1947, the year of Indian Independence, as Rishi Bankim Chandra College. In 1964 a morning section for female students was added, which in 1984 was re-christened as “Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women”.

The OPAC is accessible at http://rbccwomen-opac.l2c2.co.in