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KohaCon10: A cooperative view

MJ Ray was up next to talk about co-operatives (co-ops). First up a definition of co-ops from the International Co-operative Alliance. “A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise” Co-ops (while newly popular) are not a new thing! The first known was in 1493 – Aberdeen: The Shore Porters Society –  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: eBooks: Why they break ISBNs

Stuart Yeates was up first on day two of the conference. Stuart stated by showing us the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre a very awesome looking site that takes digital texts and enhances them with metadata. Some terms: ePubs is the open standard for eBooks (does anyone know if it can be read on any eBook device?) ISBNs are used for print materials to identify them. ISBNs are specific to  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: Library Data for Fun & Profit

David Friggens gave us a very animated (slides and speaker) talk about how to present our information in different ways to our patrons. First example was from the University of Dundee and their serials holding chart. It’s a graphical representation of what issues the library has of a specific serial. Next, word clouds. One way to use a word cloud is to show what people are searching for right now  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: What to Expect in Koha 3.4

Chris Cormack the first release manager for Koha was up next to talk about Koha 3.4 which he is also release manager for! Koha 3.2 was a big feature release, 3.4 is going to have some new features, but is going to be more of a clean up release. First the things that are of interest to the developers (librarians can skip down a bit): Database caching Improved Search API  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: Koha Governance

Bob Birchall stepped up next to talk to us about his observations and options for Koha governance. Governance is not management! I love that way of thinking of it. Governance is generally run by a board. The role is to set policy, guide, coach, monitor, and spot problems. How is Koha governed now? As we all know (those of us who are part of the community) Koha’s governance is open  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: Koha in Nigeria

One of the things I love about Koha is the huge community and worldwide adoption. Olugbenga Adara from Nigeria was our next speaker, unfortunately he was unable to join us in person, but through the magic of technology he was able to join us via Skype. In Nigeria there are 13 known Koha installations – he said known because you can never know for sure how many people are using  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: Kete & Koha

Walter McGinnis gave us a talk based on a paper that he wrote with Joann Ransom on integrating Kete with Koha. I have to admit, I talk a lot about Koha here, but I am a huge fan of Kete as well – and now the two tools can be integrated into each other!! Walter started by giving us a background of who he is. He does not have a  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: Why I Love Koha

Lee Phillips from the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library was up next to tell us all why she loves Koha. However, instead of talking to us alone, she enlisted the help of her colleagues by sharing their Koha opinions with us in a video she recorded before leaving home for NZ. First up was Steph who says ‘the nicest thing for us is the adaptability.’ She also gave me a shout  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: Keynote

First up this morning was Rosalie Blake, the librarian who made it possible for us all to be here in New Zealand celebrating 10 years of Koha! Rosalie talked to us about how Horowhenua became the “little library that could.” The library bought their first computers in 1988. In 1997 the Horowhenua Library Trust was formed to make decisions about the library funding. They made it clear that while computers  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: What is a Koha?

My first post in New Zealand will cover a huge pet peeve of mine and something very important to be aware of before KohaCon starts. Reading my writing on various sites and mailing lists you have probably figured out that a pet peeve of mine is when people refer to Koha as KOHA. Koha is not an acronym, the letters don’t stand for anything fancy, it actually has it roots  [ Read More ]

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