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Conference Aston Meeting Suites

Aston University

Aston St


B4 7ET

United Kingdom

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Customer Day - Tuesday 4th December

Registration and coffee at 9.30am

Meeting start: 10.00am

Meeting close 3.30pm


10:00 Introduction & review of the year. Jonathan Field, Managing Director of PTFS Europe will give a review of what has been happening over the past year

10:15 News from Koha and PTFS Europe

10:30 Crowdfunding - a look at the Crowdfunding resource that can be used to collaborate on getting new features into Koha

10.45 Sandboxes - a tour of the environment you can use to test new functionality

11:00 COFFEE

11:30 Review of KohaCon 2018 - news from the KohaCon conference held in Oregon in September 2018

11:45 Improvements to support procedures

12:00 Interleaf Technology - an update on Koha and Open Source in Irish Libraries from Charles Quain, Managing Director, Interleaf

12:15 Plugins - an introduction to the Plugin sytem used by Koha

12:25 Product news

12:45 OPAC next steps

12:55 Introduction to the afternoon sessions

13:00 LUNCH

Session A

14:00 EBSCO update. Richard Burkitt gives an update on developments with EDS

14:20 Loughborough University - Implementing Koha, VuFind and Coral in a year and other tips on accelerating your ageing process. Jeff Brown reflects on Loughborough University Library’s implementation of 3 new open source library systems – the pain & the gain.

14:40 University of the Arts London - Moving to open source: Karen Carden reflects on the UAL experience three years on

15:00 Bradford College - Simon Lyes and Haydn Clark outline their experiences implementing auto-renewals

Session B

14:00 The King's Fund - Implementing an open source online archive solution (Hyku) - interaction and comparisons with Koha. Matthew Hale outlines how The King's Fund went live with an online archive solution called Hyku in June 2018 to host its historic digitised publications, with support provided by CoSector (ULCC) - this talk will cover briefly what Hyku is, why we chose this path, how it co-exists with Koha with mention of how we use XSLT to link from the OPAC, and a brief comparison of the two open source projects and their communities

14:20 Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency - Agnes Kozlowska-Wolodkowicz describes Invisible Koha. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency uses Koha LMS hidden behind Summon Discovery Tool. You can find out how we offer our users a completely different search experience and utilise the best of both information environments.

14:40 Newcastle Council - Piloting resource discovery and single sign-on. Luke Burton describes how working together Newcastle’s Community Hubs and Libraries Service and EBSCO have been piloting the use of Open Athens and Stacks to improve customer’s experience with signing on to online resources and to give the libraries access to a flexible platform for resource discovery.

15:00 Skolkovo Moscow School of Management - Who needs business books or databases? Helen Edwards and Ivan Smagin discuss the challenges of their work in a new business school library where many users have no tradition of using databases and reading business books but are very comfortable with social media and internet searching.

15:30 CLOSE


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2. Select your ticket

3. Click on the 'Checkout' tab

4. Fill your details in the registration form

5. Choose whether you want to go to Breakout Sessions A or B

6. Choose if you also want a hotel room, breakfast and evening meal for Monday 3th December (£130+VAT)

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Car Parking

This must be booked online, prior to arrival. Please visit where you can book and pay for your space online. You will then be sent an email permit to display in your windscreen and an entry code for the car park. Please ensure you book this, prior to setting off, as we cannot guarantee availability at the venue car park, on the day.

PLEASE NOTE: The venue is Conference Aston Meeting Suites. For those that have been to our other events at Aston - these suites are a few minutes walk from the previous location that we used.

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Conference Aston Meeting Suites

Aston University

Aston St


B4 7ET

United Kingdom

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