[Koha] Organizational Meeting for Koha Users Group
jbrice at meadvillelibrary.org
Fri Feb 8 11:21:42 NZDT 2008
Dear Koha Mail list Member:
We will be having a formal organizational meeting of Kudos (Koha Users
Group) at PLA. We are still working on the date and time of the event.
Once it is determined we will e-mail everyone on the list of current
developments. The meeting will be broken into two parts first meeting
will be for existing Koha users or Koha users planning to be up and
running within six months. This meeting will be an organizational
meeting to discuss what type of national organization to form the agenda
will be as follows:
1. How did we get here? A short history
2. Do we need a formal users group for
3. Develop a mission statement.
4. What type of structure do we need?
5. Form a committee of three to write a
6. Schedule next meeting.
The second part of the meeting will be a general interest session and
will be opened to anyone who is interested in Koha.
I understand that there is an IRC meeting being organized to talk about
exactly these same issues. I request that the meeting be postponed to
I ask for this postponement based on the following reasons:
Previous meetings between vested parties of Koha, from many
different nations, asked that any organizations based on the Koha
ILS be based on national boundaries, ie the French Koha Organization.
I believe that any Users Groups should be limited to only those
individuals who are using Koha presently or are planning to use Koha
within a relatively short time, say six months or so.
Using the IRC to form an new organization as complicated and unique
as a Koha User's Group would be difficult at best and and anarchy at
worst. Once we have some sort of structure in place we can then
use the IRC channel to discuss specific steps and or issues. But
to get started we need at least one sit down meeting with 7 to 10
vested users of the Koha ILS.
I understand that many of you may be asking yourselves what the heck is
going on here, who is in charge of the Koha Users Group? Well the
answer is no one is at this time, hence the confusion and multiple paths
Each library has to make their own decision about the best path to
follow in helping form a users group. Anyone else interested in
discussing this matter with me can reach me at jbrice at ccfls.org or call
me at 814-336-1773.
Crawford County Federated Library System
Meadville Public Library
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