Kohacon16 Day 3 – 10 years of Koha in Greece: from solitude to solidarity?

Georgia Katsarou then spoke about the history of Koha usage in Greece. She started by introducing where she works, a library in a school called College Year in Athens.

They started with a card catalogue, and then moved to Access (the students like the card catalogue much better). In 2006 they moved to Koha.

Greek Timeline
  • 2006-2007 Quiet
  • 2008 A few libraries started asking about Koha
  • 2009 More libraries, HEAL-links ebooks.
  • December 2009 First presentation at a Greek Conference
  • 2010-2015 Interest of every kind of library
  • 2016 Kohacon in Thessaloniki

Georgia felt that she need to give back, her boss said ok. So she started by translating and ran a blog called KohaGR.

What we must do
  • Communicate
  • Spread the news
  • Have a virtual space
  • Ask/Answer/Discuss
  • Meet with each other
  • Have an annual meeting
  • Volunteer
  • Public and private work together
  • Companies must not be afraid to contribute
  • Help those who are in need (libraries with no IT, unimarc users)
  • Work together on projects
  • Ask for help and ideas from other local communities
What not to do
  • Exchange questions, ideas and solutions privately!!!
  • Set up our installation and forget about it
  • Take for granted other people’s contribution

Georgia presented so well and so passionately, that I feel really invigorated and ready to go on the hackfest.

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