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Keynote speaker profile: Anahera Morehu, President Libraries and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA)

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Anahera Morehu will deliver our conference opening address. Anahera (BMIM, RLIANZA) is a descendant of Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu, and Ngāti Whātua iwi. To date, her library career is a long and illustrious one with a particular focus on Māori and Indigenous issues. She has presented at many Indigenous fora. Anahera is the current Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) President and Kaiārahi of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Business and Economics. As well as being the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori programme within New Zealand libraries, Anahera is also a Ngā Kaiwhakahau member (National Council) of Te Rōpū Whakahau, with the Governing Group of Ngā Upoko Tukutuku, on the LIANZA Professional Registration Board, and past Tumuaki of Te Rōpū Whakahau. We guarantee that Anahera will challenge and inspire you.

Selected Publications and Creative Works:

  • Morehu, A. P. (2012). Organization of Indigenous Knowledge Plenary Session. Indigenous Knowledges: Local Priorities, Global Contexts. University of Bristish Columbia, Vancouver.

  • Morehu, A., & Hobson, J. (2008). Hokinga ki te kainga. In A. Garwood-Houng (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th International Indigenous Librarians Forum (pp. ). Brisbane, Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library Information and Resource Network (ATSILIRN).

  • Morehu, A.P., Hobson, J. (2005). Hokinga ki te kainga. Proceedings of the 5th International Indigenous Librarians Forum: Brisbane, Australia, June 4-7, 2007. Ed. Alana Garwood-Houng for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library, Information and Resource Network (ATSILIRN).

Presenter profile: David Nind

David resides in Wellington, New Zealand. Although he does not use Koha in his everyday work, he is extremely active in the Koha community facilitating the @kohails Twitter account, looking after the Zotero bibliography, and as a member of the documentation team. David loves libraries, reading, learning, and free software and is very kindly turning his hand to delivering four highly informative and useful sessions during Kohacon that cover a variety of topics:

  • Day 1, 2:20 – 2:45 From a manual to a documentation portal…what’s the future for Koha’s documentation? (live, in-person): In this presentation, David will share what the documentation team is doing now, and planning for the future.

  • Day 2, 3:40 – 3:50 Working with messy data (live, in-person): This lightning talk will provide a quick introduction to using OpenRefine for tidying up messy data and getting it ready to import into Koha.

  • Day 3, 2:30 – 2:40 Wikidata – what libraries need to know about wikidata, the Wikipedia project you’ve probably never heard of (live, in-person): David’s second lightning talk will give you a quick guide to what Wikidata is, how to edit it, as well as provide some practical uses for libraries.

  • Day 5 Workshop, 11:00 – 12:25 Documentation: During this hands-on practical session, you’ll learn how to contribute to to Koha’s documentation.

Talk highlight: You say tomato, I say tomahto - Janet McGowan, Director of Operations, PTFS Europe (pre-recorded, online)

Koha is in use in hundreds of libraries around the world, but all libraries have their own workflows and ideas of how features should work. Speaking from the point of view of rolling out new implementations and managing support, Janet will provide examples of contrasting requirements for features or behaviours and offer up ideas on “twisting” Koha to fill the gaps.

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