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KohaCon10: Koha in Prison

Irma Birchall and Sue Lavery are up next to talk about Koha when it’s not the code that’s locked up (because the library is in a prison). The prison in question was built to focus on both incarceration and rehabilitation – so that the prisons can go back to normal life when released. Why Koha in the prison library? Because a modern ILS is essential. The librarian needs something simple  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: History of Koha

Paul Poulain from BibLibre was first after lunch to give us the history of Koha. He started with a recap of what we heard from Rosalie on the first day – Koha was developed to meet the needs of of HLT, and only HLT. Koha is full of firsts: it used agile development before there was any real definition of ‘agile development’ it was the first fully web based system  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: Sharing is Good

Fran├žois Marier was up next to tell us how to convince our bosses (well library bosses) that sharing is good! Before talking about software freedom, let’s take a look at non-free software. Fran├žois started with an example from Amazon in July 2009. Amazon realized that they had some books in their Kindle library that they didn’t have the rights to sell. They removed those books from the catalog, but people  [ Read More ]

KohaCon10: Koha in Schools

Mark Osborne from Albany Senior High School, New Zealand’s first open source high school, was up next. Slides are already online at At the high school, they pretty quickly found that there weren’t going to be any proprietary solutions that met their goals. Among those things were that the system be web-based, include web 2.0 features and have crowd-sourced metadata. One value at the school was “without sharing there  [ Read More ]

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 ]

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