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ByWater Solutions Develops Curbside Pickup Functionality for the Koha Community

The Koha Community, one of the world's largest and most active Open Source communities, now has a curbside service integration, allowing our library partners to serve their patrons remotely in a much more efficient manner. ByWater Solutions saw an urgent need for this functionality within Koha and wanted to develop this integration as quickly as possible for our partners and the Koha Community.

Equinox Open Library Initiative shared the specifications for similar functionality that was written for Evergreen ILS, (Bugzilla bug 25698 from Galen Charlton).

The speed at which this feature was written illustrates how quickly an Open Source community can react to the needs of their libraries, especially during times of crisis.

Kyle Hall, Director of Development & Operations, at ByWater Solutions recently commented on the Curbside Plugin:

We would like to thank the Equinox Community and Galen Charlton for the design specifications. These specs were a great advantage in getting this development completed quickly. We are proud to have written a tool that our library partners and the Koha Community need urgently in these trying times.

Download the Curbside Plugin

The Curbside plugin can be found at ByWater’s Github: https://github.com/bywatersolutions/koha-plugin-curbside-pickup.

Using the Curbside Plugin

This tutorial will show you how to use the tool within Koha. Curbside Pickup Plugin.

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 http://koha-community.org.

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 https://bywatersolutions.com.

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