Register today! 2016 Koha Northeast Summit


Koha Northeast Summit

Date: November 3, 2016
Location: Farmington Libraries
Address: Six Monteith Drive Farmington CT 06032
Click here to Register Now  Or call Bernie Dayton at 860-673-6791 x219
Registration Fee: $5 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Make checks payable to: The Farmington Libraries

Program and Agenda for the Day

9:00-10:00
Hospitality and Welcomes
Mix and mingle with colleagues around a continental breakfast.

10:00-10:45
What is Koha? An Overview
Learn about the history of Koha, why it was created and see the growth history of the system in terms of adoption worldwide. We will also discuss the advantages of using Koha from a patron and staff perspective and how the community operates utilizing collaborative development to evolve the system.
(Jay Johnston, Farmington Libraries and Nate Curulla, ByWater Solutions)

10:45-11:30
The Koha Experience: A Public Library Perspective
What was it like to transition to Koha from a proprietary ILS in a public library? Hear perspectives on staffing needs as well as what it is like working with an open source vendor and the cost differences associated. The positives and negatives of using Koha in a public library will also be explored.
(Jay Johnston, Farmington Libraries)

11:30-12:15
The Koha Experience: An Academic Library Perspective
What was it like to transition to Koha from a proprietary ILS in an academic library? Hear perspectives on staffing needs as well as what it is like working with an open source vendor and the cost differences associated. How flexible is Koha when it comes to integrating campus-wide systems and 3rd party products?
(Lee Jamison, Marywood University)

12:15-1:15
Lunch: Join your colleagues in frank discussions concerning the future of libraries and librarianship while dining on local fare.

1:15-2:00
Koha Demo: See Koha in action and have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the system’s functionality.

2:00-2:30
Koha’s Flexibility and Use in Special Collections:
Learn how the Goodspeed Opera House has used Koha to catalog and showcase their special collections utilizing out of the box functionality found in the system.
(Josh Ritter, Goodspeed Opera House)

2:30-3:15
Creating Your Own Consortium with Koha:
Members of the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (Vokal) talk about what it takes to create your own consortium, including operating costs, difficulties faced and how things are progressing as one of the largest self made co-operative of libraries on Koha.
(Kim Peine and Wendy Hysko, Vokal)

3:15-4:00
The Koha Experience: An Independent School Perspective
Hear from two independent school libraries about how Koha fits the unique needs of their institutions. Speakers will talk about how students use Koha in the classrooms and the ease of integrating with 3rd party products.
(Rob Hilliker, Hotchkiss School and Eric Styles and Kathie Popadin, Loomis Chaffee School)

4:00-4:45
EBSCO EDS Integration with Koha
A representative from ByWater will be present to show the integration of the Ebsco Discovery Service with the Koha ILS.
(Jessie Zairo, ByWater Solutions)

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