Columbia County Rural Library District Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

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Columbia County Rural Library District Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the US’s forefront provider of Koha ( support, announced today that the Columbia County Rural Library District in Dayton, Washington is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

The Library’s Koha installation went live earlier this month, and ByWater Solutions will be providing ongoing support and hosting services for them. The Columbia County Rural Library District has a collection of over 25,000 items. Their public catalog can be searched at

Nicole C. Engard, Vice President of Education, commented on the newest ByWater partner:

“I had the pleasure of training the staff at The Columbia County Rural Library District and I loved seeing their excitement and drive to learn a new system. They’ll make a great new addition to the ByWater family.”

Janet Lyon, Director, commented on her library’s decision to switch to Koha:

“Columbia County Rural Library District’s decision to move to ByWater Solutions Koha, an open source ILS system, was the best decision our library made. The staff finds it simple to use and the OPAC is easy for the patrons to use. The training was great and the support by everyone at ByWater Solutions has been superb.”

About Columbia County Rural Library District:

The Columbia County Rural Library District was formed in 2005 by the voters residing in the unincorporated area of Columbia County as a way to provide stable library funding. Working with the City of Dayton, the CCRLD increased library hours to 21 with the addition of a director in 2007. In January of 2008, the CCRLD took over management of the library. Additional staff was hired, which brought library operating hours up to 41 per week. The City of Dayton contracted with the CCRLD to expand services both in Dayton and in the unincorporated areas of Columbia County.

As of the end of 2008, over 3,000 new materials had been added, there had been over 20,000 library visits made by patrons, and over 22,000 checkouts of library materials. For more information about the Columbia County Rural Library District, 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:

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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