Library Automation

Avalon Free Public Library is Live on Koha and Aspen Discovery with ByWater Support

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Avalon Free Public Library in New Jersey is now live on the Koha ILS with Aspen Discovery and ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 47,000 bibliographic records from the Sierra ILS providing the library with customized implementation and training for their open source solutions.

The customized Aspen Discovery can be viewed here:

Erin Brown, Director, Avalon Library & History Center, recently commented on the migration:

While we knew we would be happy migrating to Koha, this feeling was further reinforced by the level of service and support provided by ByWater. From training to implementation, they worked to make sure we were as prepared as possible for the shift, which helped ensure a successful launch for our staff and patrons."

About Avalon Free Public Library

The mission of Avalon Free Public Library is to inform, inspire, and enrich the Avalon community near and far.

Read more about the Avalon Free Public Library at

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 the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha, Aspen Discovery, Metabase, and Libki.

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 Discovery

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:

For More Information

Elise Aiello
Partner Engagement Specialist
ByWater Solutions

Read more by Jessie Zairo

Tags koha, public library, Aspen