Brandon Regional Health Authority Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Implementation

February 22nd 2011
Nathan Curulla
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Brandon Regional Health Authority Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Implementation

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Brandon Regional Health Authority, of Brandon, Manitoba, has partnered with them for their implementation and support of the Koha ILS.

The library’s Koha installation is scheduled to go live in the beginning of March, and they have partnered with ByWater Solutions for ongoing support services.

Robert Kowaluk, Library Technician of the Health Resource Centre, commented on their move to Koha with support from ByWater Solutions:

“The Health Resource Centre Library picked Koha after an exhaustive consideration of all ILS options. In the end, it was Koha’s robustness and scalability that led us to choose this product. We wanted something stable that allowed room for growth.” He continues; “The decision to partner with ByWater Solutions was made after consulting with other Koha libraries. Simply put, we liked what we heard. We were also suitably impressed with ByWater’s very vocal commitment to free and open source software”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: “Brandon Regional Health Authority is ByWater Solutions’ first Canadian library and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to help transition their Health Resource Centre to Koha. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Robert and the staff at Brandon RHA.”

The Brandon Regional Health Authority Health Resource Centre is slated to go live in early March of 2011.

About Brandon Regional Health Center:
The Brandon RHA is fully accredited and offers a wide range of health services and programs to the citizens of Brandon and the rural municipalities of Cornwallis, Elton and Whitehead, along with being a regional referral centre for the “Westman ” area. The RHA Board and over 2400 staffare committed to providing the utmost in quality health care. 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–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:

About ByWater Solutions:
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit:

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