Kohacon15 – Nigeria – Round up (You should have been here)

As is the trend for all Kohacon, this was the best Kohacon yet. Not only was the venue great, but so were the people and the presentations.


It flew by so fast (that’s how you know it was interesting)  and we covered so many topics. From Automation uptake in Nigeria, to sysadmin tips, to RFID, to digital resources and so much more.


One of the major takeaways for me was the passion  and the willingness to discuss and share ideas. There certainly are challenges here, with unreliable power, not great internet, and of course as it is libraries, funding. But what there isn’t here is any sense of fatality, people are working hard to make things better, and to serve their users to the best of their ability.


Apart from the conference proper, for the cultural day we went to ‘The Sacred Grove in Osogbo, Osun” which is a world heritage site, and for good reason.


We probably didn’t get as much done at the hackfest as we could have, but the internet made that a little hard. We did though explore some monitoring tools that can help deal with the symptoms of the unreliable power. I hope that it was some use to the participants.

In conclusion, I would like to say it was an honour for me to be here, I hope that I provided some useful information for others, I certainly learnt from them. A big e se to Projectlink Konsult, and to my work Catalyst for making it possible for me to come. And e se to all the other participants who made the conference what it was.

You should have been here.


5 thoughts on “Kohacon15 – Nigeria – Round up (You should have been here)”

  1. The Conference was indeed a huge success. I was privileged to participate and indeed blessed. Thanks Chris for the job well done. To all co-participants, you did a very good job. @Projectlink, weldone.
    looking forward to seeing you in KohaCon16.


  2. It was a great privilege been part of the success of the Conference, learning and sharing was of good attitude while Chris Cormack and BWS Johnson added extra spice/flavour to the Conerence.
    Lots of thanks to ProjectLink for making this a reality in Nigeria. Looking forward to KOHACon16. See you all there…. Cheers.

    Onwuegbuzie Innocent U.
    The Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti


  3. It is indeed a great privilege to be part of KOHACON15 which was held at IITA, Ibadan.
    The conference gave the opportunity for the various stakeholders in KOHA open source software to meet others, exchange ideas and learn. At least for me, it was ideal.
    Thanks to the ProjektLink team, Chris Cormack and BWS Johnson. I believe it is a blessing to all of us. Definitely looking forward to KOHACON16…


  4. I’m sorry I missed it. I’m one of the many “go-it-alone” users, and I would have enjoyed talking to other librarians about my experience–yes, you really can set up and use Koha even if you don’t have a lot of Linux experience. Alas, I would have had to pay my own way, and the only way I could have gotten to Nigeria was by walking or flapping my arms.


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