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KohaCon 2009

Conference Schedule and Information

      • From the conference planners - David Schuster, [dhall@ebpl.org]:Dianne Hall, [mail:sclsvtl@gmail.com]: Vicki Teal-Lovely, and others for input!

We are really excited as we believe that we will be able to provide this conference FREE without a registration charge. Lunch will be on your own - most likely across the street at the food court of the mall, and Dinner as well. As time gets closer we may attempt some dinner outings at nearby restaurants that you could sign up for.

Any of the sessions that say "-looking for a presenter" please contact one of the Conference Planners so we can get your name on it! Or edit this WIKI so we can contact you! an email to us would be good as then we know how to get in touch with you. If you have an idea for another program or want to change the title of one again Contact the Planners!!!

KohaCon 2009 Registration

KohaCon 2009 will be held in Plano, TX April 16 and 17. This is a FREE conference. There is no registration fee, but we are requesting that all attendees pre-register. - Thank you for your interest registration closed on April 13th, 2009 - using a google form.

Conference Schedule

The conference was held at: Sockwell Center 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd., Plano, TX 75093

April 16th & 17th 2009.

Conference Program

16 April 2009

[He Taonga mo tatou]

Chris Cormack and Paul Poulain

Welcome and opening session - Koha - He Taonga mō tātou, A history of Koha The history of Koha, from its conception in 1999 to its current state, including why was Koha written, why was it released as Free Software/Open Source, how was it written, how the community grew, major milestones, NPL Library, Unido, web based circulation, Koha 3.0 etc.

[Square hole/Round peg: Open Source ILS vs. Proprietary ILS]

Vicki Teal Lovely

Once you have selected Open Source as your ILS, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. The experience is quite different than that of working with a proprietary vendor. Vicki will talk about the experiences that SCLS had as they worked through these decisions, including sorting through software development options, web hosting vs hosting locally, and whether to use a vendor for support. It really was like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

[‡biblios.net for Catalogers]

Nicole Engard

This presentation will include an overview of the ‡biblios.net service and the cataloging tool associated with it. This tool will be integrated directly into Koha 3.2 and so this presentation will be useful for all those interested in cataloging in Koha or outside of Koha.

[Database Structure]

Paul Poulain

The most important tables for cataloguing, issuing, patrons, and the most important parameters tables for migrating your data smoothly into Koha.

Disaster Recovery with Koha on Debian

Clay Fouts

Koha’s data storage method makes disaster recovery easy! In this session, we’ll discuss disaster planning, backup strategies, and a quick-and-easy recovery process to get your library up and running again quickly!

Koha demo: Cataloging and Acquisitions

Brendan Gallagher

[SQL reports for Koha]

Nicole Engard

This presentation will give a summary of the tables in Koha and show how to write simple reports using SQL. Attendees will leave with enough information to be able to write simple end of the year reports as well as general statistic reports.

[Cron Jobs]

Joe Atzberger

The presentation will have two parts. The first will enumerate the various scheduled jobs (cronjobs) that your Koha system should be running, and the options available for each, including: Advanced Notices, Long Overdues, Overdue Notices, Fines, Message Queue Processing, and Zebra Indexing. The second part of the session will briefly explain what goes into writing a good cronjob, with a look at some examples and perl modules you can use to help.

[Acquisitions in 3.2]

Paul Poulain

New Acquistions module written for SAN Ouest Provence

Empowering your Organization

Lori Ayre

Sure Koha is exciting because it is free and Open Source, but the best part of moving to Koha is the opportunity to control your destiny. With an Open Source Library System (OSLS), there is the potential to empower your staff and optimize the user’s experience by getting involved in improving your software. But if you treat Koha like “just another ILS” you are missing out on the chance to shift the culture of your organization from “learned helplessness” to one in which everyone can contribute to enhancing their working environment…and, it doesn’t mean you have to be a programmer! This session uses activities that will help participants understand (from the inside) the cultural shift that needs to happen so they can take advantage of their participation in this Open Source project and not just remain passive bystanders.

[Koha Integration: RFID, SIP2 and LDAP]

Joe Atzberger

Self-Check scanners, PC Reservation software, or RFID return chutes? I’ll show you how to setup and run Koha’s SIP2 server. Or maybe you want to keep your certain user information (like passwords!) automatically in sync with an external authentication server? LDAP is the answer here.

[Using Marcedit]

David Schuster

Show how one library uses MarcEdit a free program, to massage records before loading them into Koha. During the time of transition we have had to manipulate holding tags, extract records, edit in batch and reload them to cleanup and adjust existing records.

Koha demo: Circulation and OPAC

Nicole Engard

17 April 2009

[Under the hood with MYSQL]

Joe Atzberger

A look at Koha’s internal database structure using the mysql command-line. This isn’t to teach you SQL, but where to look in Koha tables for relevant data.

[Customize the Koha 3 OPAC to fit your library!]

Owen Leonard

The Koha 3 OPAC can be styled to match your library’s identity. Use custom graphics, style sheets, and JavaScript to make the OPAC work for you. Knowledge of HTML and CSS recommended.

‡biblios.net Web Services

Galen Charlton

‡biblios.net is a new Software-as-a-Service offering based on the open-source ‡biblios metadata editor. ‡biblios.net provides free access to the world’s largest database of openly-licensed library records–available under the Open Data Commons license and accessible via ‡biblios.net_Web_Services (BWS). BWS is a simple set of APIs that enable applications to interact with the database. This talk introduces BWS and provides examples of how it can be used by libraries/museums/archives as a platform for storing Openly Licensed Data.

[Update on the status of developments for version 3.2 of Koha]

Galen Charlton and Paul Poulain

How does sponsorship of new features and the RFC process work? What new development is on the horizon?

SIP2 Connected with Envisionware! RFID SelfCheckout and other services

Bryan Pasteryk

Koha: DIY or go with a support company

Brendan Gallagher, Owen Leonard and Lee Phillips

[Sponsorship: What is on the table?] (A six part YouTube series. It could practically pass for the Blair Witch Project. ;) )

The Conference Attendees






SIP2 Connected with ITG! RFID SelfCheckout and other services: ITG

Candace Oliver, ITG and Heidi Oliverson South Central Library System


Travel and Accomodation

Getting There

There is a MAJOR international airport - Dallas/Ft Worth International - And a local airport - Dallas Love Field(mainly Southwest airlines)

From: 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd, Plano, TX 75093-6395 US To: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), 1530 W 18th St, Dallas, TX 75261 US

DRIVING DIRECTIONS - from conference center to Airport - hotel is around the corner off the toll way.

A) 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd, Plano, TX 75093-6395 US

  1. Start out going SOUTHWEST on CHAPEL HILL BLVD toward W PLANO PKWY.  (go 0.2 miles)
  2. Turn RIGHT onto W PLANO PKWY.  (go 0.3 miles)
  3. Turn LEFT onto MIDWAY RD.  (go 0.4 miles)
  4. Turn RIGHT onto W PARK BLVD/FM 544 W. Continue to follow FM 544 W.  (go 0.8 miles)
  5. FM 544 W becomes E HEBRON PKWY.  (go 4.7 miles)
  6. Merge onto TX-121 S via the ramp on the LEFT (Portions toll).  (go 9.8 miles)
  7. Keep LEFT to take INTERNATIONAL PKWY S toward D/FW AIRPORT (Portions toll).  (go 3.1 miles)
  8. End at 1530 W 18th St Dallas, TX 75261

B) Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), 1530 W 18th St, Dallas, TX 75261 US

>> TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 26 minutes | DISTANCE: 19.28 miles


Super Shuttle are giving us a discount

Yes, we absolutely can offer a discounted rate for your attendees. Our discount to Plano is $3.00 off the regular rates, plus an additional $2.00 off for a roundtrip booking. I believe our rates to Plano are in the $26.00 range per person. We also have our sedan service "ExecuCar" for any VIP's that may need specialized services. I can offer a $5.00 off rate on that service.


Attached is the weblink – the group code is: WP6MG. The code is automatically inserted into the discount field when the link is used – it can, however, be manually input as well at www.supershuttle.com

Conference Hotel Information

Greetings from Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites North Plano!

The HIE North Plano team looks forward to serving the Koha Users and Developers of Open Source Group (KUDOS). Please accept our offer of $95.99 for a double bedded (two queen beds) standard room or king bedded (one king bed) standard room.

Block Name: KUDOS :: Koha User Group Block Code: KUD Rate: $95.99 Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (972) 403-1112 and mentioning the group block name KUDOS or by booking online with Group Code: KUD: http://www.hiplano.com

The smart and friendly Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites would love to have you stay with us in North Plano -- where exceptional customer service is our aim and promise. Centrally located minutes north of Dallas and from DFW, Frisco, Ikea, TX Motor Speedway, Dr. Pepper Ballpark, Stars Center, Pizza Hut Park, Stonebriar Mall, and Legacy Towne Center. Adjacent to Presbyterian/TX Back Hospital, Shops at Willow Bend and nearby more exceptional shopping, golf courses, and over 100 restaurants.

We feature 79 beautiful guestrooms and suites; 27 rooms with king sized beds, 35 rooms with two queen sized beds, 5 king suites and 9 queen suites w/ sleeper sofa, 2 Jacuzzi suites. Microwave and refrigerator in all suites.

Complimentary: Express Start breakfast bar, courtesy shuttle service-5 mile radius from 7 AM to 7 PM (M-F)they will extend this for the nights we have dinner outings, local calls, wireless high-speed Internet in all rooms and public area, 24-hour business center with high-speed Internet access, printer, copier, fax.

Standard in room amenities: Pay per view movies, wired & wireless high-speed Internet, coffeemakers, hairdryers and iron/ironing boards, 2-line phones with voice mail & speaker/conference call capabilities.

Rates quoted do not include the 13% hotel occupancy tax. Cut-off date is (14) days from arrival date. If rooms blocked are not reserved before this date, the rooms return to inventory to sell.

Things to see and do

Hotel Alternatives

[or stay in a private room] in the home of a local resident. There is one for only $25 and some have reviews.

Transcripts of planning meetings

Archived Discussions

- Initial planning for the 2009 conference on the wiki