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Kohacon2020

Kohacon2020 will run from Monday 19th - Sunday 25th October. It is the annual conference of the Koha Software Community. Kohacon is attended by Librarians, Software Developers and other contributors to the project from all over the world. All are welcome, it is free to attend, and you can register here.

For information about Kohacon and previous conferences, visit the Koha community website.

We had grand plans to be in attendance this year in Wellington, New Zealand but COVID-19 and the year that has been 2020 had other plans for us. We are still equally excited to take part virtually in this conference and we are so thankful, that despite everything going on, we can still get together with the Koha community.

ByWater Solutions Staff Presentations

We are so proud of our staff members that are presenting at this year's Kohacon2020. We can't wait to watch our other friends and partners present as well. Here is a round-up of ByWater staff presentations.

ByWater Solutions Partner Presentations

We always get excited to watch our friends and partners present at Kohacon. Here are a couple of our partner presentations we can't wait to attend!

Lisette Scheer works for the Latah County Library District as a System Administrative Specialist. She is also the current president of the Koha-US user’s group and is presenting two sessions as Kohacon2020.

Day 1, 11:25-11:50pm: 46 Libraries, 15 Groups, 1 Consortium – So Now What?

The VALNET Consortium has 46 individual libraries across 15 hierarchical groups. We use jquery to customize a variety of pages to fit the needs of individual libraries and groups within the consortium. This presentation will focus on troubles faced by consortium and how we solve them.

Day 3, 11:30-11:40pm: Koha-US: Life Since Portland Kohacon 2018

An update on what Koha-US has been up to since Portland Kohacon 2018.

Myka Kennedy Stephens is Seminary Librarian at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. She initiated the library’s migration to Koha in December 2014 and actively seeks to integrate strategic planning for library and information services with open source adoption and development. She is presenting the follow session at Kohacon20.

Day 2, 2:00-2:25pm: A Patron, A Librarian, And A Developer Walk Into A Bar: The Conversations And Relationships That Fuel Koha Development

It takes multiple perspectives and a variety of expertise to build a successful open source library system. As the Koha community looks toward the future, it must continue keeping the needs of libraries and their patrons at the forefront of development. How does this actually work? How do these relationships form, and how are they maintained? How does the patron experience influence development? This talk will explore the communication flow between patrons, librarians, and developers in the Koha community. It will also share a case study from one Koha library showing how an integrated library planning process has helped contribute to the Koha development cycle.

Are you attending Kohacon20 this year? If so, don't forget to say hello, ask questions, and stop by these wonderful presentations.

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