Spring into Fitness: Koha Community Challenge 2023

Spring into Fitness: Koha Community Challenge

ByWater Solutions has partnered with koha-US for another Community Challenge! This is a great way for the open source community to come together, move, and raise money for a good cause!

Walk, Jog, Run, Swim, Bike, Hike, Yoga, Dance- whatever your activity of choice is-come join us for this community challenge! Be part of the open-source community sharing your daily activities, photos, and words of wisdom!

The challenge will go from May 1 – May 31.

How Do I Join?

  • Sign Up at RunSignup.com
  • Set a fitness goal for yourself- there is no amount too little, or too much!
  • Simply log onto your RunSignup.com profile and click “Submit Virtual Results” to log your activity and miles or minutes. You will be able to view your results and community member results!
  • Share with others in the challenge in our Facebook Group
  • Share on social media with #KohaChallenge23

This event is awesome because age does not matter, pace does not matter; just make sure you get moving and enjoy yourself! All proceeds will be donated to help the Koha Community and koha-us.

Team Up (Or Stay Solo)

A great way to bring your library and co-workers together is by signing up as a team. You can definitely do this solo but this could be a fun way to motivate each other and even challenge another branch in your system to a little friendly competition!

Who Can Join?

Anyone! You don’t have to be a ByWater Solutions partner or a member of koha-US. This is a fun way to connect virtually and come together to celebrate open source and the open source community!


There will be a couple of ways to get involved in this fundraiser!

Koha Enthusiast – $10.00

  • Completion Certificate File
  • Access to Online Fitness Community

Koha Contributor- Don’t want to participate in the challenge but want to make a donation? Find out more at: https://koha-us.org/donate/

  • All the good feelings
  • Giving back to a growing community of open-source libraries

This year you can purchase your own shirt (and style) at koha-US’ Threadless Shop! You can order one here!

ALL Proceeds are going straight to koha-US!

Sign Up Now!

Sign Up Now!

Purchase a Shirt

Purchase a Shirt from threadless

Join the Facebook Group and Cheer Each Other On!

Join the Facebook Group and Cheer Each Other On!


Just Ask!

Email outreach@bywatersolutions.com for any questions or ways to get involved!

KohaCon22 Slides & Recordings

Day 1 / Tuesday / September 20

Full day recording: https://youtu.be/h_vxMZ60OmQ




Slides, etc.

The Long and Winding Road to Open Sharing in Northeast Kansas – Keynote Address

  • Jim Minges (Minges & Associates Consultants)
  • Liz Rea (ByWater Solutions)



Elevating ILL with some Rapid Improvement

  • Andrew Isherwood (PTFS Europe)
  • David Peacock (University of Hertfordshire)

Level Up the Library Community with Koha via RAFLIMTS

  • Furrukh Hussain Zai (Pakistan Library Association & RAFLIMTS)

Designing a Patron Empowering OPAC

  • Jessie Zairo (ByWater Solutions)
  • Lucas Gass (ByWater Solutions)

Adoption, Implementation and Data Migration: Lagos State University Library Experience

  • Adegoroye Adebola Oluwamayokun (Lagos State University)

Koha Implementation in GHQ Central Library

  • Sher Afzal Khan (Koha Pakistan)

Assessing and Improving Koha Performance

  • Nick Clemens (ByWater Solutions)

Koha and Open Source at the King’s Fund Library

  • Matthew Hale (The King’s Fund)

Twilio – Enhancing Patron Communication

  • Christopher Brannon (Coeur d’Alene Public Library / Cooperative Information Network)

Working for a Region that Reads and Writes

  • Mariela Zelada (Red para la Lectoescritura Inicial de Centroamérica y el Caribe (RedLEI))

Day 2 / Wednesday / September 21

Full day recording: https://youtu.be/zjL4LHEH74g




Slides, etc.

Open Source Software as Free Culture

  • Andrew Preater (University of West London)
  • Tundun Folami (University of West London)

A Fine-Free Koha Build

  • Michael Spagnuolo (North Richland Hills Library)

Redesigning Coverflow: Enhancing the User Experience

  • Barbara Glassford Johnson (Bedford Public Library)

Coffee & SIGs [Special Interest Groups]

  • Moderator: Christopher Brannon
  • Panelists: Daniel Gaghan (Circulation) – Heather Hernandez (Cataloging) – Rhonda Kuiper (Acquisitions) – Barbara Glassford Johnson (Demonstration) – Bob Bennhoff (Consortia) – Lucas Gass (Web Dev) – Jason Robb (Sys Admin)

koha-US Monthly General Meeting

  • koha-US Board

Displays Revisited

  • Jason Robb (Southeast Kansas Library System)

Leveling Up with Plugins

  • Kelly McElligott (ByWater Solutions)

Metabase: Next Level Data Visualization

  • Justin Laake (McKinney Public Library System)

Funding QA and Joint Development

  • Brendan Gallagher (ByWater Solutions)
  • Andrew Auld (PTFS Europe Limited)
  • Jonathan Field (PTFS Europe Limited)
  • Nate Curulla (ByWater Solutions)

Saving Kittens and Supporting Koha

  • Aleisha Amohia (Catalyst IT New Zealand)

Day 3 / Thursday / September 22

Full day recording: https://youtu.be/yIkvNmJE_6o




Slides, etc.

Implementation and Use of Koha ILMS at KCW Sidhwan Khurd: A Case Study

  • Dr. Mahipal Dutt (Khalsa College for Women Sidhwan Khurd)

Open to Everyone – Getting Involved in the Koha Community

  • Jessie Zairo (ByWater Solutions)
  • Kelly McElligott (ByWater Solutions)
  • Nick Clemens (ByWater Solutions)

Koha – Advancing into Electronic Resources Management (ERM)

  • Jonathan Field (PTFS Europe Limited)

From csv to mrc: Converting Your Spreadsheet into MARC Records

  • Fred King (MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
  • Lauren Denny (Teamwork Library Consortium)

Impromptu session: FRBRization in Koha

  • Sam Passey (Uintah County Library System)

Impromptu session: Driver’s License Scanner

  • Christopher Brannon (Coeur d’Alene Public Library / Cooperative Information Network)

Circulation SIG discussion

  • Daniel Gaghan (Pueblo City-County Library District)

Cataloging SIG discussion

  • Heather Hernandez (San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Research Center)

Acquisitions SIG discussion

  • Rhonda Kuiper (Round Rock Public Library)

Day 4 / Friday / September 23

Full day recording: https://youtu.be/3pBA14KfJHE




Slides, etc.

How Koha is the Best ILS

  • Sunita Pareek (Poornima University)

Train the Trainer – Keeping your Staff Up-To-Date with Koha

  • Jessie Zairo (ByWater Solutions)
  • Kelly McElligott (ByWater Solutions)

Build Cool and Insightful Visualizations with your Koha Data

  • Raymond Bryson (Montgomery County Public Libraries (MD) – MCPL)

Sys Admin & Web Dev SIG Discussion
Note: Due to technical issues with the stream, only the first portion of this SIG was recorded.

  • Andrew Fuerste-Henry (Dubuque County Library District)
  • Jason Robb (Southeast Kansas Library System)

Consortia SIG Discussion

  • Bob Bennhoff (Colorado Library Consortium)

Bonus Content: Fred's Poetry