Koha ILS upgradation at KMCT Medical College Manassery

KMCT Medical College Manassery library, Mukkam, Calicut, India- 673602 has upgraded their koha to the latest stable version (21.05.11) from 16.05 version. Thanks to Mr. Bhaskar, the librarian of the college for selecting me as the service provider.

About KMCT Medical College

KMCT Medical College was established in the year 2008 with an intake of 100 MBBS seats approved by the Medical Council of India. The College is affiliated with Kerala University of Health Sciences. The Central Government had accorded recognition for the MBBS course in the year 2013. Postgraduate courses were started in the academic year 2015-16 in Orthopaedics & Pharmacology and in the academic year 2020-21 postgraduate courses were started in other specialities (Microbiology, Community Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Anaesthesiology, Psychiatry, Radiology & Pulmonary Medicine). From the academic year 2016-17, the intake of students in MBBS course was increased from 100 to 150 by the approval of Central Government.

Reference: https://www.kmctmedicalcollege.org/about-us/

Koha ILS upgradation at AKG Co-Operative Institute of Health Sciences

AKG Co-operative Institute Of Health Sciences, Kannur (AKGCIHS) library upgraded their koha to the latest stable version (21.05.11) from 18.05 version. Also implimented DSpace digital repository for archiving their contents.

It was my pleassure to be seleted as the support provider fot their Koha ILS & DSpace


AKG CIHS, a new addition to the health education sector in the northern Malabar region of Kerala was initiated in the year 2017 as a memorial of Com. A K Gopalan.

Sri. A K Gopalan was a remarkable politician, a fabulous orator and a great Parliamentarian in the Indian history and a person who always had a heart dedicated for the upliftment of poor and downtrodden. Therefore, this college is aimed to be a noble deed for serving the community and empowering the students of this institution with meticulous knowledge in the field of health education.

The college functions at the native place of Sri. AKG – Mavilayi which is about 10 kms west of Kannur town and away from the buzz of the town. This institution was created to facilitate health education, training and research.

With the motto being “Exploring new horizons in health care” we aim to bring about an overall positive change in the health education system and provide knowledge in respect to people’s Health throughout all stages with the recently developed techniques.

The institution is fully equipped with the modern technologies and brilliant infrastructure so as to motivate the students to learn, develop and create their own ways of approach towards the society. The platform for research is always the utmost priority as the institution commits to refine recent advances in the field of health care.

The mission and vision of the institution is directed to bring the best out of the students and to contribute their part in bringing a new aspect to health care. The younger minds are being well trained with excellent knowledge and tremendous skills.

AKG CIHS comprises 7 diploma courses under the paramedical sector now . It is been approved by the Directorate of Medical Education. The information about other paramedical courses will be updated soon.

Reference: http://www.akgcihs.com/home/about

Archaeological Survey of India, Thrissur Circle starts using Koha

The library of Thrissur Circle of Archaeological Survey of India starts using Koha Integrated Library System for handling their collection. Mr. M. Mani, Assistant Library & Infomation Officer took the initiative and then consulted me to implement Koha in their library.

This is yet another client who begins the journey in the koha. anyway all the very best Mr. M Mani and the team.

About ASI, Thrissur Circle

In pursuance of recommendations of the Expert group on Archaeology (Ram Niwas Committee, 1989), para 67 Chapter XIII Thrissur Circle was formed in 1997. Thrissur Circle of Archaeological Survey of India was established in April 1997, separated from Chennai Circle with the Monuments/Sites in Kerala and adjoining districts of Tamilnadu viz. Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Nilgiri.

There are totally of 28 monuments and 9 sites protected under the purview of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and Rules 1959 are under the administrative control of the Circle. Most of these monuments and sites were under the protection of the erstwhile states of Cochin and Travancore.

The monuments protected include Temples, Jaina monuments, a church, Forts, and a Palace. Most of the Temples in Kerala are wooden edifies with granite or laterite plinth. The inner walls of the Mattancherry palace and outer walls of temples are generally covered with valuable mural paintings carried out in traditional Kerala style, while the sites are megalithic in nature.



Welcome St. Pius X College to the Cloud Hosted Koha Service

Happily, welcome St. Pius X College, Rajapuram (P.O), Kasaragod Dt., Kerala – 671 532, India. to the cloud-hosted koha service.

Migrated 16,318 catalog data from BookMagic software to the latest koha

About Library

The library has a well-established library that caters to the need of undergraduate and post-graduate students, research scholars, and faculty. The college library has a collection of about 15833 books and 81 journals and Magazines in various disciplines of science and humanities. Services such as the lending of books and journals, reading room, reprographic facilities, and bibliographic reference and information are rendered by the library. The students and staff also can have access to the National Library and Information Service Infrastructure of Scholarly Content (N-LIST) through INFLIBNET. The library offers Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) – a computerized catalog service. Most of the books in the library are bar-coded. This helps the circulation counter in issue and return of books quickly. Members are given bar-coded ID cards and books are issued on producing the ID cards.

Library Blog: http://www.stpiuslibrary.yolasite.com/

Library OPAC: https://library.stpius.ac.in/

Reference: http://stpius.ac.in/on-campus/facilities/library/

7 Reasons Why Blogs are Important in Library and Information Service

As the world’s information continues to grow at an exponential rate, it’s becoming more and more important to have library and information service providers that understand the changing times. With the advent of blogs, information professionals can reach out to their patrons in new ways while also sharing their own expertise with the world. These are seven reasons why blogs are important in library and information services.

1) Blogging is cheap

A great advantage of blogs is that they’re free to set up and maintain. If you have a bit of technical savvy, you can create a WordPress site for free. (Incidentally, if you don’t have technical savvy, there are plenty of platforms that offer easy blogging tools.) Some other platforms (such as Tumblr) do have sign-up fees, but generally, it’s possible to get started for free on any platform.

2) Blogging is fast

The great thing about blogs is that you can create one pretty much instantly, whereas a regular website takes months to put together. This speediness makes blogging ideal for communicating with readers quickly. In fact, thanks to RSS feeds, bloggers can post information almost immediately—as soon as it’s ready—and their audience receives those updates automatically.

3) Blogging generates discussions

Not only do readers get a chance to interact with you (the author) directly, but also they can also participate in discussion forums that involve other bloggers. For example, if you’re writing about open access or copyright reform, it might be worthwhile to provide a link to relevant discussions happening elsewhere on your weblog. Additionally, you may inspire others to start their own blogs – and your posts will become a jumping-off point for conversations about blogging as well as any subject(s) that interest you.

4) Blogging improves search engine ranking

A library’s presence on search engines can be improved through regular blogging. This is because, even if you do not add new content to your site, search engines crawl it regularly to see if anything has changed. If they find fresh content on your website—in a word, a new post—they will move you up in their rankings.

5) Blogging promotes content marketing

A library’s main goal is to share knowledge. But marketing is an important part of any business, including libraries. Library blogs help a library engage with customers, spread its mission, and encourage interaction. While there are many online platforms for content marketing, blogging has become one of the most popular ways for businesses to get their name out there. Every post you publish can be another step toward building your brand presence on social media—and leading more visitors to your website!

6) Blogging keeps records of your activities

There’s no better way to keep a record of what you’ve done, what you’ve achieved, how you did it—and, more importantly, how people feel about it. By creating a library- or information-oriented blog that publishes frequently (at least once per week), library workers can organize their thoughts on any subject or activity in one place for easy access. You may even attract local patrons who stop by just to read your updates—which isn’t bad for marketing!

7) Blogging creates awareness about your services

Some libraries use their blogs to make people aware of library-service changes. People who read your library’s blog might learn about a new service, or how to access an existing one, that they didn’t know existed. This may prompt them to visit your library. Some blogs feature posts that directly inform readers of upcoming events or services.


In today’s connected, digital world, it’s more important than ever for libraries to stay at the forefront of trends. The power of a library is inherent in its ability to bring people together—both inside and outside of its walls. And blogs can be powerful tools for facilitating these connections. Read on to learn more about how you can incorporate blogging into your library or information service department with ease.