The speakers page on the Kohacon website has been upated (Thanks Kristina) and since Jo did a great blog post about the presentations, which included her personal highlights, I thought I would do one too.
I agree with all of her choices, but wanted to add a couple more myself.
Anthony Ching-Chen Mao – Koha Taiwan
Anthony has been around Koha for a long time, using it, promoting it, translating it. In his talk he will be talking about a student organized volunteer group Library Service Team at the Department of Library and Information Science, Fu Jen Catholic University. Who since 2000, have helped more than 50 schools and local govt organisations set up their libraries. Since 2006 they have been deploying Koha in these libraries. They even set up Koha remotely across the Pacific at the library of the University of Belize.
If you send a team of dozen students to a remote Chinese county library, they do not only set up Koha but also show the patrons how to start a people’s library. I want to share our story about Koha, a Taiwanese primary school library and my lovely students.
Olugbenga Adara – Koha uptake in Nigeria: Prospects and challenges
Olugbenga Adara is a consultant on implementing open source software projects in Projektlink Konsult Ltd. He specialises in intranets, website design and library automation. He has served as a consultant to library automation projects at Bowen University Iwo, National Mathematical Centre Abuja, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria Ibadan and the Kwara State Government House Ilorin, all in Nigeria, among others.
In his talk he will be talking about the recent upsurge in uptake of Koha as the Library Management System of choice in Nigeria. At present, at least over 12 institutions have adopted Koha in Nigeria in the past 18 months. His presentation seeks to highlight the issues faced by the adopters and present a viewpoint from a developing country.
Presentations like this are ones that remind me of how much good people working together can achieve, who would seriously have thought a library system that started out in small town New Zealand, would be helping people in Taiwan, China, Belize, Nigeria ….