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Eleven Libraries Join to Form the Black Hills Library Consortium with ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

3/29/2016
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ElevenLibraries Join to Form the Black Hills Library Consortium with ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Eleven libraries in South Dakota have joined together to create the Black Hills Library Consortium.Members of the Black Hills Library Consortium include:

  • Custer County Library
  • The Deadwood Library
  • Edgemont Public Library
  • Grace Balloch Memorial Library
  • Hearst Library
  • Keystone TownLibrary
  • Piedmont Valley Library
  • Rapid City Public Library
  • Sturgis Public Library
  • Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library
  • Whitewood Public Library

ByWater Solutions completed the first phase of migrations for the Consortiumlast year and will be providing implementation services for future libraries joining the cooperative, as well as ongoing Koha support and hosting services. The Consortium contains over 250,000 titles and the migration brought in libraries from four different proprietary ILS systems.

Sean Minkel, Assistant Director of the Rapid City Public Library, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

“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.”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater, also commented:

“We love to see libraries coming together to improve the services they deliver to their patrons, especially when they can enjoy cost savings at the same time. We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Black Hills Consortium and look forward to seeing it grow to support more libraries in the future.”

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,XHTML, 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 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 to support Koha 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: /

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