L2C2 Technologies extends technological support to KLA for open access journal

L2C2 Technologies to provide OJS software hosting and maintenance along with publishing support to Kerala Library Association for KJIST for the next 5 years.

Earlier today the first open access (OA) LIS journal from Kerala, India – “The Kerala Library Association Journal of Information Science & Technology” (KJIST) was launched with the release of its inaugural issue – Vol. 1 No. 1 July 2018 by Dr. Rajan Gurukkal (Vice Chairman, Kerala State Higher Education Council) at the DLIS Hall, Kerala University Library Building, Thiruvananthapuram.

As the first open access LIS journal being published from Kerala, all articles published in KJIST will be available online at https://www.kjist.in for reading and download. As the technology support partner L2C2 Technologies is providing the journal publishing software hosting & maintenance along with publishing support to Kerala Library Association for KJIST, initially for a period of 5 years. The journal is being hosted using the latest stable version of Open Journal Systems (OJS) journal publishing platform.

While readers are not required to register at the site to read the articles, registered users will receive automatic updates about articles and issues as and when they are published. The privacy policy is GDPR compliant and all personal data submitted by the readers, authors, reviewers and editors are maintained on servers geographically located in India. Mandatory SSL has been implemented for the site, so that when users interact with the site, e.g. when they login or read or download articles, all their transactions remain securely encrypted end-to-end at all times. L2C2 Technologies will also be providing KLA with in-depth usage statistics and data analytics for the online Journal site.

About KJIST

KLA Journal of Information Science and Technology (KJIST) is published twice every year (January and July) in open access (OA) and print formats. It will include original papers, short communications, book reviews and letters pertaining to library science, information science and related fields. The papers included will focus on aspects of exploring, applying, and evaluating new theories and ideas to develop and modernize libraries and enhance library services. It is meant for library professionals, documentation and information professionals, researchers, students and others interested in the library and information science field.

About Kerala Library Association

Formed in 1972 by a group of librarians who strongly felt the need for an independent professional association at the state level to promote the cause of library development, professional standards of librarians, entirely dedicated for libraries and librarians, the Kerala Library Association (KLA) is headquartered at Thiruvananathapuram, the capital of the state of Kerala, India.The association has boldly voiced the sentiments and the views of professionals on several occasions to the concerned authorities. It has successfully projected the need for improving library services in College & Universities. KLA helped the Government to formulate policies in relation to library development in the state.

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