Antara Psychiatric Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre at Kolkata chooses to automate their library using L2C2 Technologies’s cloud hosted Koha ILS platform
We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to the newest client-partner in Eastern India – Antara Psychiatric Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre, Kolkata. Incidentally Antara happens to be our forth hospital library and the first in psychiatric specialty. The Antara library has gone live on Koha ILS 18.11 series on L2C2 Technologies‘s cloud hosting platform.
Established in 1971 and located at Antaragram, Baruipur in the outskirts of Kolkata, Antara today is the largest non-profit, non-governmental organisation in India to extend holistic mental healthcare facilities to people from all walks of life. The foundation stone for the present campus was laid in 1980 by Mother Teresa.
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.
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.
We are pleased to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our growing client-partner family in Southern India – Chinmaya Viswavidyapeeth – a Deemed to be University under UGC, with campuses in Kochi and Pune. The CVV library, which is self-hosted, has gone live on Koha ILS 18.05.04, with server management and Koha maintenance being handled by L2C2 Technologies.
About Chinmaya Viswavidyapeeth
Inaugerated on 9th July, 2017 at Kochi as the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions, de novo deemed university under the UGC, presently operates from two campuses – the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula campus at Peppathy in Ernakulam and Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula campus at Kolwan in Pune. It presently offers courses in a number of traditional and contemporary streams.
The university’s motto can be summed up as “विद्यया रक्षिता संस्कृतिः सर्वदा । संस्कृतेर्मानवाः संस्कृता भूरिदा:” (translated:Knowledge protects culture forever; Cultured people share abundantly) in the words of Swami Tejomayananda, founder, Chinmaya Viswavidyapeeth.
136 year old Surendranath Law College 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 – Surendranath Law College, Kolkata. At 136 years, SNLC is regarded as one the oldest law college of the country. The SNLC library has gone live on Koha ILS 17.11 series on L2C2 Technologies‘s cloud hosting platform.
About Surendranath Law College
Surendranath Law College formerly known as Ripon College) is an undergraduate law college affiliated with the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India. It was established in 1885 by a trust formed by the nationalist leader, scholar and educationist Surendranath Banerjee, a year after he founded Surendranath College. This is now regarded one of the oldest Law college of the country. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of the Republic of India is among the several notable alumni of the college.
We are happy to announce that after nearly 2 years of being an L2C2 Technologies client-partner Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhaban (RKSMVV) have decided to move entirely to L2C2’s cloud based Koha hosting platform from the academic session of 2018-19. The college had so far hosted their OPAC with us while running their day to day operations on a local system running a very old Koha 3.08.4. This is a major jump from them since they will by upgrading directly to 17.11 (the latest stable version of Koha) from a version that is nearly 6 years old.
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 with an ‘A’ Level by National Assessment and Accreditation Council
About L2C2 Technologies
Based out of Kolkata, India, L2C2 Technologies is an active Koha developer and library technology service provider.
Adding weekly SLA Management Reports for our hosted accounts of Koha ILS.
Starting this January, on every Monday (first day of the week for us) we will be mailing out weekly service level management reports and updates to our hosted Koha ILS client partners. We already have phone calls and the online support helpdesk covered and are now trying to figure out how to manage the instant messaging requests via Whatsapp, Telegram, Twitter and FB Messanger etc.
While the LIS professionals working with us from our client partners’ side already know where they stand with their SLA status, often the management is not fully aware of the work being done. With this new initiative we hope for greater transparency in our communication with our clients. Enclosed below are sample of these reports with the contact details reducted.
A high school adopts the use of authority records in their Koha ILS based library catalog.
Client-partners who work with L2C2 Technologies know how fond we are of authority records. Without basic authority control of the personal names and subjects, catalogs over times end up having a mish-mash of variously spelled names and subjects which are essentially one and the same. One of the particular horror stories from the time when we started cloud hosting of Koha in Eastern India in 2015 was a case when we encountered the subject heading of “Commerce” spelled with 19 different spellings in the catalog and it’s bengali variant “বাণিজ্য” spelled in 3 more ways. And that was just one of those things. The author name variations of the same author were even greater horrors. Yes, as you can tell by now, we feel rather strongly about the use of authority records, which essentially help create better quality catalog data and also provide an easy way to update and manage spellings of headings.
It makes us happy that the three young women working on the cataloging project of Our Lady Queen of the Mission School, Salt Lake have taken heed of our suggestion to use authority files since they are starting from scratch. They began with the most simple personal name authorised heading for authors and editors of the books in the school’s collection. This work is being carried out by Priya Show and Shreya Mullick under the leadership of Swarnali Mitra, Librarian. Priya had earlier participated a departmental workshop I had helped conduct at the Department of Library & Information Science, Calcutta University. For Shreya and Swarnali, I am working with them for the first time. But luckily for their project, all these young ladies are showing that they have what it takes – the vision and eagerness to do things the right way. Wishing them all the best.
One more academic library moves from SOUL to Koha ILS
We are pleased to welcome Vidyasagar College for Women Central Library to L2C2 Technologies’ cloud hosted Koha ILS platform. The college, so far an user of SOUL software from INFLIBNET is making this move under the leadership of the librarian Smt. Moumita Ash. In the coming days, their catalogue data will be moved to Koha so that a complete OPAC can be presented to its users 24/7.
About the college
Vidyasagar College for Women as a full fledged separate college affiliated to the University of Calcutta was founded in 1960. However, its history went back to 1931 when a separate womens’ section of the Vidyasagar College was started to cater to the educational requirements of the women folk of Kolkata. Its classes were held in the morning. The womens’ section was temporarily brought to a stop during the second world war. Since 1947, however, expansion in all branches of its activities took place steadily and regularly. New subjects were introduced and a group of dedicated teachers inspired confidence among the students who enrolled in large numbers. Since its foundation in 1960, Vidyasagar College for Women committed itself to carry forward the ideals and principles of Pundit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, the great educationist and social reformer of the 19th century. At present the college consists of three campuses. (From the college website)
About the library
The college maintains two libraries i.e. (a) the central library is open to all users of the college between 8 am – 2 pm, Monday to Saturday. The library has a physical collection of over 23,000 documents, along with online subscriptions to electronic resources; (b) the seminar library is located on the main campus of the college. Catering mainly to Humanities departments, the seminar library has over 1000 reference books. It remains open to users based on the college’s regular timings and academic calendar.
About the OPAC
The OPAC is located at https://vcfw-opac.l2c2.co.in. Along side providing 24/7 access to the catalog, it also provides the library personnel with advanced usage analytics based on the open source Piwik software. It also provides for a real-time one-to-one chat option with the library staff, whenever they are logged in for “Ask A Librarian” function. As a standard security best practice the OPAC runs over HTTPS rather than plain vanilla HTTP, thereby protecting the traffic between users browsing the OPAC and the server by using industrial grade “A” rated SSL certificate.
Over 2 months now, we’ve been running the 5th public z39.50 server from India with 100% host reliability.
Earlier this year on April 20th, we had shared with our readers that FMIRO CCU’s public access z39.50 service run by L2C2 Technologies had achieved 100% host reliability (according to irspy.indexdata.com) and in the process had become the 5th Indian entry into the IRSPY’s global directory of open access z39.50 servers.
We are happy to inform that 2 months on, we have managed to run the server without a single service drop and have continued to maintain our 100% host reliability status. For us this has been a learning exercise and we hope this will encourage more Koha users across India to start opening up their catalogs for copy cataloging by their fellow catalogers.
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. 
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. 
 IRSpy help: info/reliability
 About Index Data
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.
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).