• Prosentient Systems provides a range of training courses covering introductory to in-depth use and technical support of open source library management systems.  We have been providing library systems training for over 20 years.

    This includes:

    • Courses in using and administering Koha and DSpace
    • Installation training for Koha and DSpace
    • Sort and long term internship and professional development placements in library systems management

    Training can be undertaken online, in person, or at our offices at:

    • 6a Glen St, Milsons Point, Ultimo, Sydney  (small group)
    • 333 Bulwara Rd, Ultimo, Sydney (lab)

    Short term courses can be undertaken at client premises or by Skype.

Available courses

KohaKoha Essentials : half-day modules in Koha management

Each of these modules is delivered as a half-day session, either in person or by webinar/skype.  The prices are $AUD450 per module or $AUD750 per day inclusive of GST.   In-person training outside Sydney will usually also entail a travel and accommodation charge.   These modules can be group together in one or two day training programmes.

   OPAC and circulation and patron management

   Content management



Day 1:  Koha installation in Debian and other environments

  • Debian overview and Koha overview
  • Core Linux commands for Koha management
  • Sample Koha installation
  • Koha folder structure and management commands
  • Q&A

Day 2:  Detailed Koha installation exercise

  • Installing and updating CPAN
  • Koha install
  • Zebra and YAZ install
  • Koha service configuration and apache
  • Zebra configuration
  • Scheduled tasks
  • Q&A

Day 3: Data conversion and application configuration 

  • Koha import methods and data conversion - Bibliographic data
  • Koha import methods and data conversion - Patron data
  • Koha application configuration
  • Key system preferences
  • Core setup: branches, lending rules, patron configuration
  •  Q&A

Day 4: Koha web site feature management and content management

  • Installation recap
  • Koha web content management
  • CSS customisation 
  • UI features and settings
  • UI customisation using JQuery
  • Functional overview & training resources, circulation, reserves and cataloging

  • Free
  • Location: Prosentient's Offices (72/ 330 Wattle St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia)
  • Dates: March 2017. Four weeks. Thursdays, 6pm – 8.30pm 
  • BYO refreshments. Coffee/Tea provided
  • Maximum enrollments: 9


Week 1:  Managing the OPAC – web content management, system preferences tricks and library guides
Week 2:  Managing client communication – designing html emails, SMS services, new title alerting services, new serial alerting services
Week 3:  Report design and Koha table structure – detailed access to information in the Koha database
Week 4:  Koha service layers – OAI, API, Open search and others

Configuration (1/2 day):

Koha configuration workshop: clients make preliminary decisions on the Library's desired Koha settings.

  • Basic parameters
  • Patrons & circulation parameters
  • Global system preferencest
  • Catalog configuration
  • Acquisition parameters
  • Z39.50, Calendar and News settings

Prosentient Systems provides the opportunity for gratuates in Information Technology and Library Systems to undertake degree qualifying internships and longer term professional development programmes.  These include:

Koha induction 

  • Induction in the Koha open source system

    Duration: 3 months

    * Participate in Koha Essential courses

    * Participate in Koha installation training

    * Register and review the Koha community

    * Undertake minor software support tasks

  • Induction in the DSpace open source system

    Duration: 3 months

    * Participate in DSpace User and Admin courses

    * Participate in DSpace installation training

    * Register and review the DSpace community

    * Undertake minor software support tasks

  • Undertake a major open source project with the Koha system

    Duration: 3-6 months

  • Undertake a major open source project with the DSpace system

    Duration: 3-6 months

Please complete all sections of this course, including submitting answers to quizzes and filling in all questionnaires.

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