ByWater Partners Present at the 2021 koha-US Conference

The 2021 koha-US Annual Conference is happening September 21st - September 24th both live in McKinney, TX and available for you to attend online. If you attend online it is free (with appreciated donation)!

Staff from ByWater Solutions are presenting several presentations at the conference. We are also excited to see many of our partners and Koha Community members present. We compiled a list of of our partner presentations that we are excited about!

See the full conference schedule here:

See all of the presentations by ByWater Solutions team members here.

Tuesday, September 21st

Moving the Needle: Technology in Addressing the Next Normal

11 am ET /10 am Central

Cindy Li, Bridgewater State University

Presenter will share post-pandemic reflections and insights in library services moving forward into the next normal.

Our Mobile App

11 am ET/10 am Central

Christofer Zorn, Ajax Public Library

Session will cover how the library’s mobile app came to be, how it filled a need, and uptake.

Genrefying Your Koha Collection

11:45 am ET/ 10:45 am Central

Kati Fink, Hathaway Brown

Genrefy with Koha: reports, added metadata, and tips learned.

Functionality – Going Beyond Out-of-the-Box

11:45 am ET/ 10:45 am Central

Christopher Brannon, Coeur d’Alene Public Library

Learn how to create new features in Koha.

Homebound Delivery – Our Perspective

2 pm ET/ 1 pm Central

Rhonda Kuiper & Sal Saldana, Round Rock Public Library

How we used the Homebound module to implement homebound delivery.

Using Koha with Aspen Open Source Discovery

3 pm ET/ 2 pm Central

Sam Passey, Uintah County Library

Take a tour of the ways that you can use Koha with Aspen Discovery to integrate third party content and local history resources.

The Future of Past Data

4:15 pm ET/ 3:15 pm Central

George Williams, NEKLS

Report writing strategies for saving statistical data offline for future use.

Wednesday, September 22nd

Join the Club

9:30 am ET/ 8:30 am Central

Jason Robb, SEKLS

This presentation will cover the basic processes for setting up clubs in Koha and using club holds, additional jQuery implemented to improve the workflow, challenges and ideas for improvement.

Hold Lockers – Done Dirt Cheap

10 am ET/ 9 am Central

Michael Spagnuolo, North Richland Hills Library

Learn how to offer 24-hour pick-up service to your patrons without breaking the bank. No contracts or maintenance packages required. Yes you can! And with the power of Koha, implementation will be easy.

Crafting a Koha-Informed Vision

11 am ET/ 10 am Central

Myka Kennedy Stephens, Lancaster Theological Seminary

This presentation will introduce Integrated Library Planning–an adaptive and dynamic framework for strategic planning and management–and describe how Koha reports are an integral component to planning and visioning for the Lancaster Theological Seminary Library.

Pairing H5P with Koha for Interactive Online Patron Experiences

12 pm ET/ 1 pm Central

Myka Kennedy Stephens, Lancaster Theological Seminary

H5P, an emerging open-source framework for developing open educational resources, doesn’t have to be confined to learning management systems! This presentation will introduce H5P, its variety of content types, and demonstrate how H5P content can be embedded into Koha’s OPAC to enhance and expand your patrons’ online library experience.

The Work-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your

12 pm ET/ 1 pm Central

Marci Chen & Ann Gustafson, McKinney Public Library

Do you have records which no longer bring you joy? MPLS Tech Services staff will share our monthly workflow and reports used to delete defunct item and bibliographic records and update holdings with OCLC.

Making Pretty Filters (Facets)

4:15 pm ET/ 3:15 pm Central

Christopher Brannon, Coeur d’Alene Public Library

Out of the box, Koha has great filters, but it just lays it out there in an unattractive fashion. This session will show how to dress it up and make it less overwhelming for the staff and patrons.

Curbside or Crippling the Masses

4:15 pm ET/ 3:15 pm Central

Venesia Adams, Ritzville Public Library

This presentation will focus on applying the curbside mentality to other library services and discuss the need to expand thought patterns to embrace change and evolve with it.

Thursday, September 23rd & Friday, September 24th

Join ByWater Solutions team and community members for workshops and socializing on Thursday and Friday. ByWater Solutions team members will be on hand to answer questions, demo products, troubleshoot, and chat!

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