Koha user group day 2012

On Friday the 15th of May a large group of current and prospective Koha users got together a the NZ Treasury for the second ever NZ Koha users group meeting. So first off I’d like to thank Treasury for making the space available and Hannah and her helpers for organising and running the day so smoothly.

I think there were 60+ people there, from about 25 different organisations all with differing levels of knowledge about Koha. Despite the varying levels I think the programme shaped itself (it was run mostly as an unconference) into something that worked for everyone there.  One of the highlights for me was that during the question and answer sessions, a lot of questions were being answered by other Koha users.

The show and tell section went well too, with NZICA, LGNZ, and The family violence clearinghouse all showing off what they have done with their Koha. I got a kick out of seeing the LGNZ one, as it was something I had worked on in 2003/4, it was great to see it still in use.

I got the opportunity to try out my Kohacon presentation on a real live audience and I think I didn’t even bore them too much.

The day ended with drinks and nibbles, sponsored by Catalyst IT, and lots of great chatting. I always say the talking between conference sessions is the best part of any conference and I think it was the same again.

This week I get to follow up on all the emails I said I would send, and hopefully watch a lot of nz libraries become more and more active in the Koha community. Thank you to everyone who attended for making it a great day.