2023 Kansas Summit

We are excited to announce we will be having a ByWater Summit in Derby Kansas, Thursday, February 23, 2023. Please consider joining us at this free event.

Event Details

Location: Derby Public Library
1600 E Walnut Grove, Derby, KS

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023

Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

Registration- click here!

Why Attend a Summit

Interested in learning more about Koha and Aspen and what they can do for your library? Then join us at the Kansas Summit on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Together with our partner library Derby Public Library, ByWater Solutions, and members of the Koha and Aspen Communities, we will discuss how open-source solutions will benefit your library.

Topics will include advantages of Koha and Aspen, customer and staff functionality, technical attributes, collection development, 3rd party integrations, and lending services. We will also discuss the Koha and Aspen communities and how collaborative developments work.


We will have our library partners around the Kansas area presenting on topics throughout the day pertaining to open source, Koha, Aspen, and more! If you are interested in presenting, please email

9:30 am: Networking and Refreshments

10:00 am: Opening (Adam Brooks and Bill Kessler, ByWater Solutions)

10:15 am: Derby Public Library speaking about the creation of KanShare and implementation of Koha.

11:00 am Break

11:15 am Aspen Discovery Overview and Open Source Community with Amy Adams, Melanie Hedgespeth, Hannah Leiker from Salina Public Library, and Bill Kessler, ByWater Solutions

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: SEKLS SEKnFind Coordinator, Jason Robb, will talk about Why Koha Rocks!

2:00 pm Robin Hastings & George Williams from NEKLS will talk about the Koha Community & koha-US and how you can get involved

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm - Time for Questions!

4:00 pm: Closing

For those who can't attend in person, we will be live streaming the day's presentions on YouTube Live!

About ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions is a full-service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly-ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit:

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:

About Aspen

Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with eContent and other third-party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers. It also improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (record grouping), and much more. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less impact on library budgets.

For more information about Aspen please visit

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