Over the course of two enriching days, I had the privilege of participating in the Librarian Guide Academy’s Online Training Program on Advanced Koha. This event, held on September 9th and 10th, was a remarkable learning opportunity, made even more special by the presence and wisdom of D.P. Tripathi Sir, the Deputy Librarian at Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, and a renowned content creator on the YouTube channel Librarian Guide.
The training program covered a spectrum of topics related to the Koha Integrated Library System, and I had the honor of conducting sessions on the following themes:
Circulation: Exploring the intricacies of circulation management in Koha, we delved into the software’s capabilities and how it can streamline library operations efficiently. The session highlighted the importance of smooth circulation processes in enhancing user experiences.
Patron and Bulk User Management: Understanding the significance of maintaining patron records and efficiently managing bulk user data is crucial for any librarian. During this session, we explored the tools and features that Koha offers for seamless patron and bulk user management.
WhatsApp Integration for Sending Alerts: In today’s digital age, effective communication is vital. Integrating WhatsApp for sending alerts directly from Koha proved to be a fascinating discussion. We learned how libraries can harness the power of instant messaging to keep users informed and engaged.
OPAC Customization: A library’s online public access catalog (OPAC) serves as the face of the library to users. This session shed light on how libraries can customize their OPACs to offer an enhanced and personalized user experience.
The online format of the training program allowed participants from diverse geographical locations to come together, fostering a sense of community and collaboration among librarians. The interactive nature of the sessions encouraged discussions, questions, and the exchange of ideas, making the learning experience incredibly valuable.
In conclusion, I am grateful for the opportunity to have shared knowledge alongside D.P. Tripathi Sir and to have interacted with fellow librarians eager to enhance their skills. It is through such initiatives that the library community continues to grow, adapt, and serve its users better.
Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom – Kottayam and BCM College, Kottayam jointly organize a two-day national workshop on Koha Open Source library management system (offline) on 12-13 November 2022. It aims at giving enhanced training on Koha and all its modules.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORKSHOP
Koha installation on Cloud
Mode of Workshop: Hands-on training
Target People: Library Science students and professionals.
Intake Capacity: 30
Registration Fees: Rs. 1100 (Includes Lunch and Tea)
I am grateful to the central library, Sunniyya Arabic College, Chennamangallur, Calicut for choosing me as the resource person for the four-day training program on the Koha Open-Source library management system organized on 26-30 October 2021. Library professionals from various institutions participated in the training program. The main aim of the program was to give Koha training and enhance confidence levels among LIS professionals.
This is yet another most important scene of my professional career, once again I thank Mrs. Shadiya Muhammed, the librarian, for choosing me as the resource person.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORKSHOP
1. Selection and management of Open-Source software in the library 2. Basic Linux training 3. Learning of Koha installation on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS 4. Hands-on training of Koha modules 5. Tips for system maintenance and administration 6. How to utilize Koha community support
VENUE AND DATE
Venue: Sunniyya Arabic College Date: 26-30 October 2021
Happy to announce our National level online workshop on Koha ILS begins from November 1 to 10, 2021. organized by Unity Services, Changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala.
• Live virtual classroom
• Koha on Cloud for training
• Printed course content
• Printed certificate
• Preparations for the implementation
• Koha installation on cloud
• System maintenance
• All Koha modules
Dr.Vimal Kumar V. has been teaching and writing about Linux and Koha for more than 15 years. A library professional and an expert in Free and Open Source software. His Koha Geek blog is trendy among the Library and Information Science community.
It is my pleasure to had a session in the 10 days of Koha online training program (Malayalam) conducted by unity services, changanassery, Kottayam, Kerala. My session was on “Getting Started with Koha in the Cloud” under which I tried to convince the candidates about the factors which are taken into consideration while working with the cloud. the following areas have been discussed in the session along with a practical demonstration.
How to deploy a VPS/Cloud Server
How to register a Domain name
An introduction to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Upcloud
Things to do after getting a VPS/Cloud server
Koha installation – domain based
Setting up FREE SSL Certificate
Of course, It was a nice experience with Dr. Vimal Kumar sir, Mr. Subeesh Gopinathan, and the entire candidates. although my session was purely a technical side, I hope candidates could have understood what are the things that are being done behind the configuration at least.
Unity Services Changanassery conducting online training on Koha ILS from October 1 to 10. The training will teach you the preparations for installing koha, basics of Linux, detailed study of all modules, data security provisions, and how to handle the Malayalam language in Koha software.
It is my pleasure to be the backend support for the cloud-based koha platform for the training program
Besides, you will be provided a Koha user guide (Unleashing Koha: the complete library solution)
Dr.Vimal Kumar V has been teaching and writing about Linux and Koha for more than 15 years. A library professional and an expert in Free and Open Source software. His Koha Geek blog is trendy among the Library and Information Science community.
Mr. Subeesh Gopinathan is a tech-savvy young library professional. He is interested in knowing and understanding technology changes. He explores and experiments the Linux-based operating systems and Open Source solutions in libraries. Also acts as a resource person for Koha training programs.