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Koha allows users to subscribe to OPAC searchs or lists. Once subscribed, the user will get a notification when a new title matches the search or a new title is added to the list.

The user must have a RSS aggregator or an email client that manages RSS subscriptions.

Two examples are detailed here: Mozilla Thunderbird (an open source email client) and Feedly (an online proprietary RSS aggregator). Both options are free.

Subscribe to a search

Let’s say you are a big James Patterson and would like to be notified when the library acquires a new Patterson title.

  1. Start by doing a search in the catalog.
  2. Click on the orange RSS icon next to the number of results.
  1. Copy the URL in the address bar
  2. Add that URL to an aggregator or to the email client

Subscribe to a list

It is also possible to subscribe to a list.

  1. Choose a list and open it
  2. Click on the orange RSS icon next to the number of results.
  1. Copy the URL in the address bar
  2. Add that URL to an aggregator or to the email client

Add the subscription to an email client

The example was made with Mozilla Thunderbird, an open source email client.

  1. Go to File > New > Feed Account
  1. Give a name to the account (“Library” for example) and click on “Next”
  1. Click on “Finish”
  2. Click on “Manage suggestions”
  1. In the Feed URL field, paste the URL copied previously
  1. Click on “Add”

The last results are added to the email client, like regular emails would be, and they contain a link to the record.

Add the subscription to an online RSS aggregator

The example was made with Feedly, a proprietary online RSS aggregator that offers a free version and an advanced paid version.

  1. Go to https://feedly.com
  2. Create an account or log in
  3. Click on the “+” to the left of the screen
  1. Paste the URL in the box
  1. Click on “Follow” and choose a category

The title appear in the chosen category

Last Updated On October 22, 2019
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