Invitation to Regional Workshop on KOHA -An Open-Source Integrated Library System (ILS) | March 26-29, 2018| Rwanda

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Invitation to Regional Workshop on KOHA -An Open-Source Integrated Library System (ILS) | March 26-29, 2018| Rwanda

The Association of African Universities (AAU) in conjunction with the University of Rwanda, warmly invites you to the first regional training workshop on KOHA, an open source Integrated Library Management System. The objective of the workshop is to unbundle the KOHA open source Integrated Library System (ILS) to participants and institutions.

Koha is a highly sophisticated web-based ILS, with a SQL database backend and accessible via Z39.50.  Koha has a highly configurable and adaptable user interface that can also support many languages. Koha has most of the features that would be expected in an ILS, including:

  • Web 2.0 facilities like tagging, comment, Social sharing and RSS feeds
  • Union catalogue facility
  • Customizable search
  • Circulation and borrower management
  • Full acquisitions system including budgets and pricing information
  • Ability to cope with any number of branches, patrons, patron categories, item categories, items, currencies and other data
  • Reading lists for members
  • UNICODE and library standards compliant
  • Export/import and backup/restoration facilities

This workshop will also introduce the Linux operating system to the participants to acquaint the participants with the installation of Koha on server class machines and provide extensive hands-on-training for both librarians and the library IT support staff. Participants will be equipped with capacity to manage Koha as LMS at institutions with large collections

Workshop date and Venue

This workshop will be held in Rwanda at the University of Rwanda from the 26-29 March, 2018

Target Audience 

There will be two parallel session for the workshop

  1. Librarian Session for KOHA management
  2. IT session for installation, customising and configurations.

will be of immense benefit to LIS professionals working in any type of library. The number of participants will be restricted to 30 per session, and admission will be strictly on a first-come-first-served basis. The Workshop will be handled by experts with extensive practical experience in Linux and Koha.

Fee and Registration

The registration fee for the 3-day event is

AAU Members* $400

Non- AAU member institutions $500

This will cover workshop attendance fee, snacks and lunches, e-training material and other logistics

* List of AAU members here

 Travel, Accommodation and Conferencing

Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation and travel-related costs, such as flights. Rwanda issues visa on arrival but participants from other countries need to ensure that they leave enough time for University of Rwanda to submit their visa applications before they arrive. It is suggested that participants arrive latest on the Monday evening, as the training starts on Tuesday morning.

The AAU will deal with the registrations and issue invitation letters for visa and other purposes and will convey all logistics information


Registration, logistics and visas: Larissa ODZEBE GIDISU: /CC: Abednego Corletey:  and Nodumo Dhlamini:


Register at the following link

Registration deadline: March 20, 2018


Signed: Prof. Etienne E. Ehile

Secretary General

Association of African Universities


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