Connecting ILLiad and Koha Databases Using Z39.50

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These instructions explain how to set up a Z39.50 connection with Koha through the ILLiad Customization Manager, allowing you to easily search your library's holdings within the ILLiad client interface.

Koha is an open source ILS. The Z39.50 server settings for Koha do not come standard in the default installation of ILLiad.

Setting up the Z39.50 connection

  1. Login to your ILLiad Customization Manager.
  2. Click the Z39.50 ribbon located near the top of the Customization Manager window.
  3. From the Z39.50 ribbon click on the New button and select Other from the drop-down menu that appears. A form will appear in the content frame of the Customization Manager.
  4. The Connection section of the form consists of values specific to your library's Koha database installation, including server address, port, database name, username, and password. If you do not know these values, you should contact your Koha system administrator. You can name the connection whatever you like.
  5. The Searching section of the form should contain the following values. Remember to input these values directly into the form, do not copy and paste. ILLiad recognizes variations in font that can affect the performance of your Z39.50 connection.

    System Number Search

    @attr 1=1016 "<#SystemNumber>"

    Title Search

    @attr 1=4 "<#Title>"

    Author Search

    @attr 1=1003 "<#Author>"

    ISBN Search

    @attr 1=7 "<#ISBN>"

    ISSN Search

    @attr 1=8 "<#ISSN>"

    Date Search

    Leave this field blank

    Keyword Author Search

    @attr 1=1003 @attr 4=1 @attr 3=3

    Keyword Title Search

    @attr 1=4 @attr 4=1 @attr 3=3

  6. The Result Mapping section of the form should contain the following values. Remember to input these values directing into the form, do not copy and paste. ILLiad recognizes variations in the font that can affect the performance of your z.30.50 connection.

    Type

    Select MARC from the drop-down menu

    Identifier

    952

    Call Number

    $o

    Location

    $c

    Availability

    $q

    Availability Type

    Select Value from the drop-down menu

    Regular Expression

    Leave this field blank

    Available Type

    Leave this field blank

    Available Text

    Leave this field blank

    Not Available Type

    Leave this field blank

    Not Available Text

    Leave this field blank

  7. Once all values have been input click the Save button located in the Z39.50 ribbon at the top of the Customization Manager window. Make sure the connection is active by selecting it from the Select Server button also located in the Z39.50 ribbon of the Customization Manager window.
  8. Your Z39.50 connection to Koha is now complete. If your ILLiad client is open, close and re-open for the changes to take effect.

 

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