Library Automation

Four Libraries Join HELM and Choose ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) an association of Massachusetts college libraries in public higher education has added 4 more libraries to their HELM catalog. Northern Essex Community College, Berkshire Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, and Bristol Community College joined the group this year.

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 115,000 plus holdings from Symphony and Evergreen ILS is providing ongoing support services to the library. The HELM Catalog can be viewed at

Nate Curulla, CRO of ByWater Solutions recently commented on their migration.

Watching the Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts (HELM) grow their Koha Community has been amazing over the last few years. We are excited to see the academic Koha Community grow in Massachusetts!

About Northern Essex Community College

The Library welcomes all users, including Northern Essex Community College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community guests.

Read more about the Northern Essex Community College Libraries.

About Berkshire Community College

Open to the BCC community and the general public, the Jonathan Edwards Library provides a rich on-site collection, as well as online resources and is home to numerous events throughout the year. The library maintains a website that grants 24/7 access to full-text online articles, videos, and ebook databases to BCC students, faculty, and staff.

Read more about the Jonathan Edwards Library at Berkshire Community College.

About Springfield Technical Community College

Springfield Technical Community College is committed to accessibility and inclusion, ensuring that all are able to access college programs, activities, and events.

Read more about Springfield Technical Community College Library.

About Bristol Community College

A Bristol Community College Library can be found on the Attleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford Campuses. Research Librarians are available at these locations, as well as virtually for all BCC students, including distance learners and students at the Taunton satellite.

Read more about Bristol Community College Libraries.

About HELM

HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) is a growing consortium of Massachusetts public higher education libraries that share an integrated library system, allow direct borrowing of materials, and collaborate on professional development opportunities. HELM was formed to develop and sustain cooperative initiatives and to enhance library resources, systems and services for all member libraries.

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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 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:

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Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions

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