Library Automation

Chesapeake Public Libraries now Live on Koha and Aspen Discovery with ByWater Solutions Support

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Chesapeake Public Libraries in Virginia is now live on Koha and Aspen Discovery with ByWater support and hosting services.

ByWater Solutions successfully completed the migration of 177,700 bibliographic records, 353,000 item records and more than 159,000 patron records.

The library’s custom Aspen Discovery catalog can be viewed here:

Amanda B. Jackson, Director of Chesapeake Public Libraries, commented on the implementation:

The Chesapeake Public Library System is so excited to be part of the ByWater family. Our experience with the ByWater team has exceeded our expectations. CPL staff are thrilled to be able to offer the personalized, flexible and intuitive Aspen interface to our patrons. ByWater clearly values its partnerships with public libraries as is evidenced by their responsiveness during all steps of the conversion process. We look forward to a long relationship with ByWater."

About Chesapeake Public Libraries

Our Mission
It is the mission of the Chesapeake Public Library to build bridges to discovery by delivering a mix of materials, services, and experiences.

Our Community
Readers: Provide the tools and experts necessary to grown young readers and advance reading proficiency for all.
Learners: Support learners at every level to succeed in their education and career paths.
Partners: Serve as a community advocate through partnerships and information sharing.
Neighbors: Provide the community with welcoming, safe, and dynamic physical and online spaces for engagement.
Explorers: Satisfy and inspire curiosity through resources and events designed to generate moments of discovery.

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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 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 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