Mercy College of Health Sciences Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions


12/29/2016
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Koha supportMercy College of Health Sciences 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 Library at the Mercy College of Health Sciences, of Des Moines, Iowa is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings from Library.Solution 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://mchs.bywatersolutions.com/. ByWater has expressed their excitement regarding this partnership and is happy to assist another health science library in taking advantage of the benefits found in using an open source ILS.

About the Mercy College of Health Sciences Library:
The mission of Mercy College Library is to facilitate student success, to provide access to resources for the academic, professional and personal development of the Mercy College community and its affiliates, and to promote life-long learning and information literacy. In addition to the five core values of Mercy College of Health Sciences, the Library values:

  • Service – The Library is service-oriented first and foremost.
  • Collaboration – The Library values collaboration among its own staff, across the entire MCHS community, and with local, state and national libraries, associations and consortia to advance the Library’s mission of serving others.
  • Access – The Library values free and open access to its services and collections.
  • Information Literacy – The Library values teaching users how to gather, critically evaluate, and use information.

The Mercy College Library is a dynamic member of the MCHS community and provides equitable access to information for those on campus and those engaged in online education. The Library embraces and promotes change in its organization, collections, and services to meet current demands and anticipate future needs, and encourages and supports both independent and collaborative learning at all levels within the community. For more information please visit: http://www.mchs.edu/Academics/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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