New feature preview – Quick create patrons

Koha 16.11 which is set to be released sometime in Nov 2016 will include a new and useful feature [1] – to be able to quickly add a new patron. This request had been a long pending one. Afterall the request for this enhancement was posted on the Koha bugzilla almost 7 years back.

Those who are testing the Koha unstable release will be able to see it in action already, for the rest of you here are a couple of screenshots to whet your appetite. 🙂

Select the "Quick add new patron" button
Fig 1 :Select the “Quick add new patron” button
Fig 2: The quick add form (with option to open up the full form)

Reference: [1] Bug 3534 – Patron quick add form

Koha ILS project changes version numbering

During the General IRC meeting on 9th March 2016, the developers voted [1] in a change in the version numbering scheme used in Koha. For almost 3+ years, Koha has been using the version 3.x. Every stable public release had an incrementally updated even number as “x” (i.e. 3.0, 3.2, 3.4… 3.18, 3.20, 3.22 et. al.). The internal development versions (used only by the developers) used the next odd number after the current stable release e.g. 3.21 was used when 3.20.x was the latest stable series.

All that is set to change with the new major version of Koha to be released in just a few days. We are going to align the time-based public releases to format. So, the upcoming stable release will be numbered 16.05, and the one scheduled for November 2016 will be 16.11.

References: [1]