Lee Rowe

Ko Manuao Kakau nō Ngati He me Ngā Pōtiki, raua ko Wiremu Te Kanawa, nō Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga, ōku kaiwhakaako te reo Māori.

Nō Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, England ōku tīpuna.

I whānau mai ahau i Ōpunake, ki Taranaki.

Kei Tauranga e noho ana ahau, ināianei.

E noho ana ki te awa Waipapa.

Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi.

Ko Lee Rowe tōku ingoa.

I work in the vocational education sector managing library services at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Our library migrated to the Koha ILS in 2018 after an evaluation found it was the best system to meet the needs of our learners. It was also the one most closely aligned to Toi Ohomai’s aspiration to be awakened and inspired by learning and to ensure our people, communities and region continue to prosper and flourish. Together with Koha we also make use of the EBSCO Discovery System Koha plugin to provide one search for all physical and electronic library resources.

I like spending time with my family, cycling, bush-walks, op-shopping, reading and playing the piano.

Pronouns: she/her.

Twitter: @leerowe

Catch me at Kohacon20

Day 3, 10:00-10:25am: Data, data, cup of tea – Success factors for a successful Koha implementation - Jacinta Osman, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Lee Rowe, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (live, in-person)

In July 2018, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology went live with Koha, hosted and supported by Catalyst. This followed a four month implementation project. The project team needed to migrate data from two different ILS (Voyager and Liberty) into Koha, integrate the EBSCO EDS plug-in, implement SSO, integrate with Ozone for patron data, configure our specific requirements, carry out comprehensive UAT, and much more. The project was highly successful, with Toi Ohomai senior leadership commenting that this was the smoothest IT project they had ever been involved with. This presentation will cover what made the project so successful from both a relationship and technical perspective. It will include the groundwork involved, including, communication between project members, unified policy development, and technical expertise. As with any project, there were lessons to be learned, and these will also be explored. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology was formed on 1 May 2016 as the result of a merger of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology. Toi Ohomai is the largest tertiary provider in the Bay of Plenty and is one of the largest regional ITPs in New Zealand. Toi Ohomai is home to more than 14,000 students, more than 1000 staff, and offers more than 150 programmes ranging from certificate to postgraduate level. Toi Ohomai’s five main campuses are in Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Tokoroa, and Whaktane. We teach from more than 68 delivery sites around the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato. There are two campus libraries, 23 library staff, 80,000 physical items, and an extensive collection of online resources.

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