The New York Law School’s Mendik Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions


9/8/2016
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The New York Law School’s Mendik Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the New York Law School’s Mendik Library, of New York, NY. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings from Millennium earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.  The Mendik Library’s customized online Koha catalog can be viewed at: http://lawlib.nyls.edu/

Bill Mills, Associate Librarian for Information and Technology Resources for the Mendik Library, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

“Our decision to migrate away from our original ILS, which ran on an in-house server for over 27 years, was spurred by our feeling that the system had ceased to be a cost-effective solution for us. We formed an ILS team, made up of library manager-stakeholders, to investigate several competing ILS alternatives. Our ILS team’s unanimous choice was Koha, in a cloud-based instance hosted and maintained by ByWater Solutions. Its user interface is modern and attractive. And our annual maintenance cost is now just a fraction of its previous amount.”

Mr. Mills continues;

“ByWater’s support team is bright and enthusiastic. Their migration specialists had prior experience with other libraries using our previous ILS, and they devoted intensive attention to our migration. While no migration of this size or scope goes without bumps in its road, ours has been relatively pain-free. ByWater’s support staff gives prompt attention to our many inquiries and requests. Eight months into Koha, we consider the overall experience to be a successful one.”

About The Mendik Library:
Located in the law school’s new building at 185 West Broadway, the Mendik Library provides comfortable research and study facilities for students and faculty. It houses more than 500,000 volumes of books, microforms, and audio/visual materials. The fully air conditioned physical facilities include study carrels and tables, lounge seating, and meeting rooms for study groups. A range of sophisticated computer research services and other technological enhancements augment the Library’s superb book collection.

The Library’s Online Catalog, automated acquisitions, serials, and circulation control systems provide easy and comprehensive access to the Library’s collections. To maximize the range of materials and facilities available to students and faculty, the Library has joined several library consortia. Our participation in these consortia enables us to arrange access for our students and faculty to other research and academic libraries throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Using bibliographic databases, librarians can locate and arrange for the interlibrary loan of materials from academic, court, public and private libraries throughout New York and the United States. For more information please visit: http://www.nyls.edu/library/

About Koha:
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit: http://koha-community.org/

About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions for Koha support not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: http://bywatersolutions.com/

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