Free Koha Intro Webinars


Join me for one of these free Koha introductory webinars!!

Learn more about Koha on ByWater’s What is Koha? page.

Free Intro to Koha 3.10 Webinars


It seems like just yesterday we were offering Koha 3.8 demos, but last week Koha 3.10 was released and so it’s time to start showing you what’s new! Join us for one of the following free Koha 3.10 demo webinars. We’ll cover what Koha can do for your library with a focus on the newest features in this great release:

Free Open Source Webinars

I am teaching the following workshops for ByWater Solutions and you’re all welcome to join in – for FREE!

Open Source in Libraries: Freedom and Community

Librarians have adopted a culture of helplessness and workarounds when it comes to our software. Open source software is a way to get freed from these chains. But open source is about more than just software, it’s about community and a philosophy of freedom. This session will give librarians the facts about open source software by introducing them to what open source is and what it means for libraries.

Join us online for one of our first two lessons (space is limited so register early).

February 16, 2012 at 10am-11:30am EST
Register Online:

March 13, 2012 at 2pm-3:30pm EST
Register Online:

Read the full press release.

Open Source Web Conferencing Options

One open source tool that I use regularly is DimDim. It was the application we used at work and through the SLA for hosting web based meetings. Recently it was announced that DimDim is being sold and when you look at their SourceForge page you see that they haven’t released a new open source version since 2009. So the question becomes, “now what?”

I did some searching today to see what options were out there. There is still WebHuddle which I knew about already but didn’t like as much as DimDim and then there’s a tool I didn’t know about until today – BigBlueButton.

From their site:

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system built on over fourteen open source components to create an integrated solution that runs on mac, unix, or PC computers. In the true sense of open source, we invite you to try out and participate in our project.

Sounds like the perfect alternative!! It doesn’t look like there is a hosted option, so you’d have to install it on your own web servers, but once you do that you have an open source web conferencing application which will allow you to share your screen, slides, video (webcam), text chat and voice over ip. I’m going to look further into BigBlueButton, but I thought I’d mention it to you all in case anyone else was out there searching like I was.

Learn All About Open Source

Next week I’ll be teaching two webinars for METRO. They will focus on an intro to open source software (including ways to combat the FUD) and a toolbox of 30+ applications you can use in your library today to provide better services to your patrons without any hidden fees. If you plan to be at your desk around these times maybe you’d like to join us!

  • Practical Open Source Software for Libraries – Part 1
    Date: Monday, November 08, 2010 At 10:00 AM EST
    Duration: 1 Hour
    Register for this event
    Registration fees: $20 members; $20 myMETRO; $40 non-members

  • Practical Open Source Software for Libraries – Part 2
    Date: Monday, November 08, 2010 At 10:00 AM EST
    Duration: 1 Hour
    Register for this event
    Registration fees: $20 members; $20 myMETRO; $40 non-members

I hope to “see” some of you there.

New MaintainIT Webinars

Don’t miss the January webinars from the MaintainIT crew:

Effectively Collaborating with Other Libraries and Partners: A MaintainIT Book Club Discussion
When: 01/06/2009 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific (Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern)
Registration link: Effectively Collaborating
Duration: One hour

Every month, MaintainIT hosts an online book club discussion. We select a chapter from one of the free Cookbooks, invite people to read it, and then meet to discuss. January’s Book Club Topic is: Collaborations can enhance the library’s ability to serve your community and make library services more visible and valued. Working collaboratively opens up possibilities and enables libraries to share and conserve resources, reach new audiences, and expand services and programs. Are you interested in learning more about effectively collaborating and building partnerships? Read the chapter, register for the webinar, and then join the conversation!

Assistive Technology: A Free Webinar
When: 01/14/2009 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific (Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern)
Registration link: Assistive Technology Webinar
Duration: One hour

Learn about assistive technology!

Using MaintainIT Resources for Technology Training – a Webinar
When: 01/15/2009 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Registration link: Train-the-Trainer Webinar
Duration: One hour

Do you train library staff to use technology? If you do, please consider attending this free one hour webinar. Learn about resources for trainers and hear about training happening in the field

A Need for Speed: Measuring and Managing Bandwidth — a free webinar

When: 01/20/2009 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific (Noon Mountain/1 PM Central/2 PM Eastern)
Registration link: Need for Speed: Bandwidth Webinar
Duration: 30 minutes

Does it ever feel like your high-speed connection to the Internet is somehow trapped in the slow lane? Are you experiencing the 3 PM chug? There are tools you can use to monitor your network performance and there are techniques you can use to manage bandwidth. Join this fast-paced and interactive webinar to find out more. Take 30 minutes out of your day to learn from the experiences of others and get something started. This is a part of the MaintainIT Cookbook webinar series where contributors to the Cookbooks share their insights, their secrets, and what you can do to get started with projects like theirs.

Free webinar on open source

Make sure you mark your calendars, invite your colleagues, and share info about this event with all of your library friends:

Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2008
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Brenda Hough

Why are some libraries making the decision to use free and open-source software? Popular reasons include: it’s free! It’s customizable. You are vendor-independent. Security and reliability are also cited as benefits by users.

Is open-source software right for your library? How can you get started? Join this FREE webinar to learn more.

Free Koha Webinars

I found this on the VALE Users’ / NJ ACRL / NJLA CUS Conference Blog:

You and your staff are invited to attend a free WALDO/LibLime webinar featuring the Koha Integrated Library Software. As you heard at the Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium sponsored by IMLS, VALEnj and The College of New Jersey, WALDO is partnering with LibLime for its new ILS and is excited about the progress that has already been made.

The webinars are scheduled for:

  • (1) Monday, April 21, 2008, 9:00 am EDT
  • (2) Monday, May 19, 2008, 9:00 am EDT

If you want to attend either session, please contact Becky Bell to register for this event:

Becky Bell
Open Source ILS Consultant
Phone: (800) 326-6495 Ext. 6

This webinar is being presented using WebEx. If you have not used WebEx before, please point your browser to so you can test your browser and operating system.

The playback of UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files requires appropriate players. To view this type of rich media files in the meeting, please check whether you have the players installed on your computer by going to

Robert Karen
Director of Member Services
Phone: (800) 326-6495 Ext. 1
Fax: (914) 729-1985

PHP Webinars

I know I’m not programming in PHP anymore – but that doesn’t mean that some of you aren’t. Thanks Ray for pointing out these webinars for PHP programmers.

Webinar: Part one – Seven Steps To Better PHP
January 09, 2008 – Your computer via Webex

Webinar: Part two – Seven Steps To Better PHP Code
January 23, 2008 – Your computer via Webex

Learn more.