Koha and ByWater Solutions Testimonials


ByWater Solutions wouldn’t be who we are without our partner libraries. See what they have to say about working with ByWater for Koha support.

ByWater Solutions’ reputation for exemplary customer service is well earned. Following an incredibly smooth migration handled expertly by their staff, we continue to receive the same quick and expert response to any questions or technical issues. Koha was the best ILS solution for us, and we are thrilled to be working with ByWater Solutions.

Mary BarkerDepartment Head of Library SystemsJohn H. Evans Library at the Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourne, FL


Uintah and Duchesne County Libraries in Eastern Utah were pleased to migrate to Koha supported and hosted by ByWater Solutions as part of an LSTA grant administered by the Utah State Library Division. Our patrons and staff now enjoy many advanced features right out of the box. ByWater Solutions has been upfront and honest with us and quick to respond to all of our support needs.

Sam PasseyDirectorUintah County Library


We went with Koha because it had competitive features and promised to keep our ILS up to date without expensive extras and upgrades. Migrating isn’t an easy process, but ByWater made it as seamless as possible. Their migration specialists , Dani and Joy , worked tirelessly to merge data from 11 separate libraries into a working consortium.

Sean MinkelAssistant DirectorRapid City Public Library


We’ve had a very positive experience from planning to roll out. Even now, we continue to benefit from great customer service, which is of great benefit to us as we do not have a systems librarian. Whatever questions we have, we are confident that the ByWater team and other members in the ByWater community can assist us getting the right information.


Our transition to the Koha system was a positive experience throughout, from the pre migration meetings to go-live. ByWater was always ready with support, anticipating situations we had not thought of. The training was excellent, every detail of the system was explained thoroughly. Our students and faculty love the many new features, including the shelf browse which has made shelving for our student library workers a snap. Librarians love being a part of the Koha community.

Martin F. OlsenSystem and Electronic Resources LibrarianEverett LibraryQueens University of Charlotte


When we went to look for a new provider of technical support and server hosting for our Koha System we were impressed with what we heard from others about ByWater Solutions. It was a great testimony that regional library systems in our state had chosen their services. ByWater lives up to their reputation. We submitted our first help request with caution. Our previous provider had either not responded or responded and made us to feel silly for asking such a question. Not only did ByWater staff members fix the issue, but it was sent with supportive help and they EVEN followed up on it with us. This a HUGE improvement over our former carrier. We appreciate the realness, the responsiveness and the respect we receive from ByWater.

Scotty ZollarsDirector of Library ServicesLabette Community CollegeParsons, KS


Our team is consistently impressed with the customer service we receive from ByWater Solutions. It’s so refreshing to work with an organization that is comprised of professional and caring individuals. Thank you!

Mollie PeulerDirector of Library ServicesFull Sail UniversityWinter Park, FL


We have been very pleased with our new Koha ILS, and with the support we have gotten from ByWater. They were extremely helpful with our migration and customization, and worked with us every step of the way. And since we have gone live with Koha, the responsiveness of the ByWater support team has been just great. And of course, the Koha ILS is web-based, so it is platform independent, and it is extremely feature rich and customizable, offering many features that some well known proprietary products don’t even have. We are very happy that we made the move from our old proprietary ILS to Koha, and that we went with ByWater Solutions for our technical support.

Rob MorrisetteLibrary DirectorJ. Robert Jamerson Memorial LibraryAppomattox, VA


ByWater Solutions customer and technical support are excellent for this small special collection library and its unique titles. As Collection Management Librarian, I work with volunteers in the AIDS Library to catalog materials that circulate. I found the ByWater team easy to work with re: the migration of materials and borrower records from a much older version of Koha. The system was ‚Äòlive’ on schedule; a webinar helped prepare us for 3.12 implementation. The process overall has been seamless with minimal interruption of service. Module screens for cataloging, circulation, and especially the OPAC are user-friendly. I look forward to future collaboration.

Allie FraserLibrarianPhiladelphia FIGHTAIDS Library


Transitioning from a proprietary to an open source catalog was a necessary step for the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis Library, and partnering with ByWater Solutions enabled us to experience a smooth migration we could not have accomplished on our own. Our patrons enjoy the new Koha interface and SFCP librarians value the responsive training and support offered by ByWater Solutions. Additionally, our librarians and administrators appreciate the economy, potential and flexibility of Koha. We are thrilled to partner with ByWater and participate in the open source community!

Alyson Barrett-RyanLibrary DirectorSan Francisco Center for PsychoanalysisSan Francisco, CA


We are very happy with Koha. It was important to us to find a library system that was customizable. With Koha, we can customize features, look and feel and we have direct access to the data to use in other applications. We’re only limited by our imaginations. The move to open source has given us the freedom to create the library system we want. Working with ByWater Solutions to migrate from our previous system went very well. They’ve provided excellent service to us every step of the way, through planning, migration, go-live and everyday use.

Ruth HarrisonReference Librarian and Network AdministratorTexas State Law LibraryAustin, TX


Over the past 5 years, Koha has made it possible for the Southeast Kansas Library System to bring the libraries of our region up to speed with a modern, economical ILS solution that facilitates a powerful and efficient resource sharing environment. Even with the minor bumps along the way, our migration to ByWater is irrefutably the smoothest major transition we’ve undergone to date. Not only was our data expertly handled, we were able to implement major structural changes during the transition that have made the system much more user-friendly for both patrons and staff. Joy truly works wonders and the entire staff at ByWater has been nothing but cooperative. We are excited to be moving forward with a company so heavily ingrained in the very fiber of Koha’s open source initiative.

Jason RobbSEKnFind CoordinatorSoutheast Kansas Library System (SEKLS)


The benefits of the Koha system have enabled the Farmington Libraries to build a strong collection and meet the ever-evolving needs of our community, I’m happy with the knowledge that we have 6 more years ahead of us with Koha and ByWater Solutions. The savings we have seen in conjunction with the strong and stable relationship we have with ByWater has been integral to the Libraries’ growth in the past several years.

Jay JohnstonLibraries Executive DirectorFarmington LibrariesFarmington, CT


We needed a system that was going to be flexible & intuitive for all of our users. Koha is both & more. The ByWater staff welcomed us & the migration process could not have been easier. Continued support from ByWater has been a positive experience. They are personable & take time to answer any questions we may have as well as help us make decisions on how the system can work better for us. As system administrator I no longer dread simple tasks like importing new patron records or importing bib records. I’m thrilled to be working with ByWater & look forward to Koha’s future growth!

Suzanne FayleElectronic Resources/Systems LibrarianRoseman University of Health Sciences


I have long been a fan of both the flexibility and value offered by open source products like Koha. I chose to go with ByWater Solutions as my support and hosting provider due to their excellent customer service, automatic software upgrades, and competitively-priced hosting options.

Tatum PrestonLibrarianBirmingham Museum of ArtBirmingham, Alabama


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