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.

The migration to Koha was both challenging and rewarding. It was very helpful to have three of us consulting and collaborating as we built our customizations and learned Koha’s functionality. I particularly appreciate the layering of detail to explore. My circulation staff have a simple, user-friendly interface with which to do their jobs, whereas the library director as ‘superlibrarian’ has access to the whole system and all its permutations. I’m looking forward to learning about future upgrades.

Jay RancourtLibrary DirectorCook Memorial LibraryTamworth, NH


We are delighted with our new Open Source Koha ILS and ByWater’s support. Our users have quickly adapted and we have received only positive feedback so far. In particular, the faceted searching, the option to browse the shelves virtually, and the direct links to Google and WorldCat are met with enthusiasm. On the staff side, we deeply appreciate the web-based interface and flexibility of the system. One of our main reasons for selecting Koha and ByWater support is the continuous development of Koha and the option of joining together with the community to implement new features.

Sebastian HierlDrue Heinz LibrarianArthur & Janet C. Ross LibraryRome, Italy


The Corona Public Library went live about a month ago and we are very happy with Koha. When searching, it is very refreshing to use an ILS that is intuitive and displays relevant results in a logical manner. The ByWater staff have been extremely supportive and helpful through the migration process and have displayed their creativity and expertise when solving issues that have come up during this transition phase from our old ILS.

Chris DixonTechnical ServicesCorona Public LibraryCorona, 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


We are all getting used to Koha and feel like any bump we’ve had along the way has been immediately solved by a staff member at ByWater. Our public LOVES the new catalog and all of the options available to them. We feel like it has been a change for the positive and look forward to diving into the reporting very soon. From the initial contact through the training and the conversion weekend, the ByWater staff has been incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. We are just a month into going live and we are so glad we made the change!

Maribeth BreenDirectorThe Henry Carter Hull LibraryClinton, CT


ByWater has been great to work with. We had a really short timeline to make the transition from our old ILS to Koha and the whole staff at ByWater worked with us to make sure we done with time to spare. With the onsite training, library staff were ready to go on our go-live date.

Chris Tina SmithLibrary SupervisorCorona Public LibraryCorona, CA


Moving from a proprietary database to a fully functioning, open source ILS has brought the Sasaki Library into the 21st century. The ability to customize Koha to the unique needs of our small corporate library and archives has brought ease of access and use to a new level. ByWater Solutions was instrumental in facilitating this transition: handling the migration of our data, providing excellent training on the Koha software, and answering the million question I had about system setup and use. I really could not have done it with them! I couldn’t be happier with the level of service ByWater provides, the functionality of Koha, or the user experience of this ILS.

Deirdre DoranSasaki AssociatesBoston, MA


Our patrons are so excited about all the new services our OPAC now offers. Now that we’re using Koha my staff’s lives are all a little bit easier as well. Cataloging is now a breeze! The team at ByWater Solutions have been great with providing training and continuous technical support. I can honestly say, it was definitely worth us switching over Koha.

Tanya Finney EstradaLibrary DirectorWaterford Township Public Library Atco, NJ


ByWater Solutions was recommended to us by a very satisfied customer, and after our experience with moving to Koha and starting to use it, we are now also very satisfied customers. Koha has been easy to use and the ByWater team has been so responsive. The training from Nicole was detailed and answered all of our specific questions. We have been so excited with our new catalog system since teaming up with ByWater and moving over to Koha.

Sheila BlackfordLibrarianScripps LibraryMiller Center, University of Virginia


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


Schaff Library at Lancaster Theological Seminary has been a Koha library for just over a year. We expected and welcomed the tremendous improvement over our outdated proprietary ILS. What we did not expect was to become a member of a broad family of Koha users and recipients of fantastic out-of-this-world service and support from ByWater Solutions. There are bumps in every ILS migration, but the team at ByWater was very supportive and responsive throughout the migration process. Once migration was complete, the level of service and support did not change. Because Koha is open source, all of us who use Koha participate in its ongoing development. This has been one of the most exciting parts of becoming a Koha library. Our needs lead to ideas that are funneled into developments, and this is how Koha continues to improve the way libraries manage their resources. It is a beautiful thing and we are so proud to be a part of it.

Deaconess Myka Kennedy StephensSeminary Librarian and Assistant Professor of Theological BibliographyLancaster Theological SeminaryLancaster, PA


I have been a user of the Koha Open Source ILS for over 3 years. It is one of the best tools for granting libraries all the power of a solid ILS system, combined with the flexibility of a web based program. Now both staff and users can have full functionality anywhere we have an Internet connection. The Open Source aspect of the program is even more attractive, as we don’t have to depend on any one single vendor to make the improvements we want. With that said the support we received from ByWater Solutions in migrating our data, training our staff and hosting the ILS has been excellent. The issues that appear with any migration were quickly addressed by Joy and her migration team. They bent over backwards to make sure our data started off as clean as possible; even working over the holidays! Our training conducted by Nicole was spot on and gave the staff a great foundation for our go live. She spent a day with each aspect of our library world and discussed any issues and solutions that might be needed. The most impressive part is all of this was done in a 4 month time frame, and anyone who has done a migration before knows that’s a very sharp deadline.

Sean McGarveyLibrary AdministratorPasco County Library SystemHudson, FL


We had been using Koha for two years when we decided to explore other options for support and hosting. Switching to ByWater allowed us to have deeper and more flexible support without having to increase our budget. ByWater has been incredibly easy to work with! Our conversion was seamless and fast, and we haven’t had any offline time since we switched. The best thing about ByWater is the people – I love getting to know the team that supports our software! Everyone is friendly, down-to-earth, and responsive. We have been so happy with ByWater, and would strongly recommend them to anyone seeking support for their open-source ILS.

Nissa FlanaganSystems and Technical Services ManagerMerrill Memorial LibraryYarmouth, ME


Moving from a traditional library system to an open-source system was like shedding off this great weight and frustration that we didn’t realize we had. It has been extremely easy to operate and manage, especially in regards to collecting data and providing user access. The ease of sharing notes, editing accounts and making changes to records have been a synch. If you’re interested in the cataloging feature, my cataloger and I can attest to the ease of dropping in MARC records, batch edits and creating item types , it makes cataloging much more dreamier than it already is for those of us to specialize in this library field. My favorite, or rather ‚Äòmost fun’ is how you can personalize the catalog homepage and make it look and feel exactly the way you want. The open source options for OPAC is the best way to promote your brand and feature items.

Christie StarnesDirectorClayton LibraryClayton, NC


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


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