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. 
 Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Bosco_School,_Park_Circus
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.
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, 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. 
 Fakir Chand College – Wikipedia
 History from college website.
 Location from college website.
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. 
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.
 Gouri Devi Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital website
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.
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.
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.
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
Khalisani College located in Hooghly district of West Bengal, takes its Koha OPAC online using L2C2 Technologies’ cloud hosting service.
We are is pleased to announce that Khalisani Mahavidyalaya Library has partnered with us to take their library OPAC online using L2C2 Technologies’s cloud hosted Koha service. We extend a warm welcome to our newest client partner. Our thanks goes to the Principal Dr. Nepankar Hazra, the NAAC coordinator Dr. Arghya Bandyopadhyay and to the Librarian (Contractual) Smt. Moumita Hazra.
The OPAC can be accessed at http://khalisani-opac.l2c2.co.in
About Khalisani Mahavidyalaya
Established in 1970, Khalisani Mahavidyalaya is one of the oldest colleges in Chandannagar in the Hooghly district of West Bengal, India, offering undergraduate courses in Humanities, Commerce and Sciences. It is affiliated with the University of Burdwan, West Bengal. 
 Khalisani Mahavidyalaya on Wikipedia.
Raja Rammohun Roy Mahavidyalaya Library, Radhanagar, Hooghly in West Bengal chooses L2C2 Technologies’ cloud hosting services for their OPAC.
We welcome our newest client-partner Raja Rammohan Roy Mahavidyalaya (RRRM). The OPAC is available at http://rrrm-opac.l2c2.co.in/ and is running currently on Koha 16.0503000 which was released on August 23, 2016. L2C2 Technologies thanks the librarian Sri Gourhari Pal for his co-operation.
About Raja Rammohan Roy Mahavidyalaya
Situated at Radhanagar, Hooghly, Raja Rammohun Roy Mahavidyalaya has a special importance of its own for Radhanagar is the birthplace of the Pioneer of Bengal Renaissance, Bharat Pathik Raja Rammohan Roy. His crusade against the cruel custom of Suttee started from this very place where her sister-in-law was burnt to death. The college, named after this great soul and the doyen of New Bengal was founded in 1964 by Sri Shantimohan Roy, the great freedom fighter and the social worker. In the year 1972 it was recognized as Govt. sponsored college. It is affiliated to University of Burdwan.
 College website – http://www.rrrmahavidyalaya.edu.in/index.html
 Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raja_Rammohan_Roy_Mahavidyalaya
We are happy to extend a warm welcome to our newest client-partner Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan (RKSMVV). The college has been a long-time Koha user, having started in 2011. We are happy to note that their entire physical collection of books have been catalogued into Koha and soon we’ll be updating the OPAC with their up-to-date MARC21 data.
The OPAC is available at https://rksmvvlibrary.in/ and is running currently on Koha 3.22.10 which was released on August 25, 2016.
L2C2 Technologies acknowledges with gratitude the co-operation extended by the library team at RKSMVV. We would particularly like to thank Devatmaprana Mataji the library in-charge, Smt. Parama Sarkhel, Librarian and Smt. Mousumi Adak, Guest Librarian for their trust and unstinting support.
Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan is a partly residential degree college for women affiliated with the West Bengal State University, India. Colloquially more commonly known as “Sarada Mission College” or simply as “Sarada College”, it was the first educational institution started by Ramakrishna Sarada Mission. It came into existence in 1961 as an effort to carry out Swami Vivekananda’s ideals of education among women. Housed initially in a one-roomed makeshift structure, with thirty one students and a handful of young, idealistic and enthusiastic teachers and monastic members, the college today stands among the premier women’s institutions of the state. (Source: Wikipedia)