The Wessels Library at Newberry College goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions


11/17/2016
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Koha supportThe Wessels Library at Newberry College 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 Wessels Library at Newberry College, of Newberry, South Carolina is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 75,000 plus holdings from Symphony earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.  The Library’s customized online Koha catalog can be viewed at: http://newberry.bywatersolutions.com

Nancy Rosenwald, Director of the Wessels Library, commented on their decision to switch to Koha with ByWater:

Our migration was initially motivated by cost and previous experience with Evergreen, a different open source program; however, reduced cost has proven to be just one of the many benefits of moving to Koha.  It’s easier for our patrons to find materials, and it’s simpler for our library staff to complete their work.  We’ve already seen increases in usage since our migration four months ago.  We’ve also found Bywater to be responsive to our migration and technical support needs in ways we never had with our previous vendor.  It’s been a great move for us.

Felicia Beaudry, Information Librarian for the College adds:

For other libraries considering the change……please don’t assume that open-source somehow means settling for something “less than” what you have.  Koha provides the same functionality of the proprietary systems, but with greater flexibility and ease of use. It’s a perfect solution for our small academic library.”

About Newberry College:
Newberry College has a rich tradition of providing personal attention, challenging academic programs, and a close-knit community that welcomes everyone. They combine our strong liberal arts foundation with specialized professional degree programs to prepare students such as you for successful futures. Newberry College prepares students in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition through their supportive academic community for lifelong intellectual and personal development, meaningful vocation, and engaged citizenship in the global society. The College has earned a spot on the 2017 U.S. News and World Report rankings for Best Colleges with their highest ranking ever on the Best Colleges in the South list. For more information please visit: https://www.newberry.edu/about-us

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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