Browsing by subjects

Leonie Kri
  • Leonie Kri

    Leonie Kri - 2012-04-12


    I'm currently using Openbiblio (Version 0.5.1., german translation) to create a library catalogue for a small non-profit organisation. So far everything is working correctly, the only problem I have is the option to browse through subjects. Since we used subjects for basically every book (of 1000), that search option is very important for us.
    The "normal" subject search works fine, but when I try to use the subject browsing field, the page reloads and nothing has changed. But I don't get a warning or anything either. I tried to edit the PHP files (classes/BiblioBrowseSubjects and shared/biblio_browse) but nothing worked.
    If I try to use that field in the OPAC before logging on, it won't work either and instead, the Login page loads.
    Help would be very appreciated :)

    Thank you!

  • Hans van der Weij

    Hello Leonie,

    You describe exactly what I saw when I recently tested from

    The main version doesn't have the "browse through subjects" feature. "Add Browse by Subject" is available as a separate patch, but this is not updated to work with recent OpenBiblio versions.

    As far as I know, is no longer maintained. It is strongly recommended to update to OpenBiblio 0.7.1 (our older versions can not handle the database differences).
    More detail about updating: download 0.7.1 from our project site and read install_instructions.html

    Also have a look at the overview of reports for OpenBiblio 0.6.x and 0.7.x offered at my personal site
    The following reports might be of interest to you:
    * Subjects : Bibliography Count
    * Bibliographies by Subject

    The reports as offered in the downloads at my personal site can be accessed by library staff. Perhaps this can be changed, haven't tried that.


  • Leonie Kri

    Leonie Kri - 2012-04-13

    Hey Hans,
    well that explains why I couldn't get it to work :-) thanks a lot for your advice and the download links, I think I'll update then.

  • Hans van der Weij

    Will you report if the update was successful? Backup the database before updating!

    Compared to older OpenBiblio versions, the reports system introduced in 0.6.0 is much more powerful. The reports I suggested were not possible in the old system.
    The Reports tab can be accessed by authorized library staff. Use Admin > Staff Admin to administer the privileges.

    If you know some SQL, it is not difficult to write your own reports. Documentation is available.

    Allowing public access for a report can be done, but there is no documentation on this.



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