2023 koha-US Annual Conference Wrap-Up

Members of the ByWater Solutions team attended, presented, and were recognized at the 2023 koha-US Annual Conference.

Several of our partner libraries also attended and presented at the conference.

There were over 70 people in attendance in person and almost 300 online!

Jessica Zairo, Director of Library Sales and Outreach at ByWater Solutions, commented on the conference:

"We got to connect with so many of our partners, some seeing for the first time, and meet so many new friends. There was so much infectious energy from the community!!!! Everyone was excited to reconnect."

ByWater Solutions Staff Recognized for Membership

Koha-US recognized two ByWater Solutions staff members on their 5 year memberships: Lisette Scheer and Todd Goatley-Seals. Jessica Zairo accepted the awards on their behalf.

ByWater Solutions Staff Presentations

Several ByWater team members gave presentations and participated in panel discussions at the 2023 koha-US Annual Conference.

All presentations can be viewed here: koha-US 2023 Conference YouTube Playlist.

ByWater staff gave the following presentations:

Explore Inventory: Present and Future Possibilities

Valerie Burnett. Data Migration Librarian at ByWater Solutions

Developing Development

Wally DesChamps (Prosper Community Library)
Bob Bennhoff (Colorado Library Consortium)
Nick Clemens (ByWater Solutions)

Kidding Around: Enhancing OPAC UX for Young Users with the Children’s Theme Plugin

Barbara Glassford Johnson (Bedford Public Library)
Jason Robb (Southeast Kansas Library System / SEKLS)
Lucas Gass (ByWater Solutions)

Creating Web Pages in Koha

Jessie Zairo, Kelly McElligott, and Lucas Gass (ByWater Solutions)

Put Data Where Your Staff Is

Andrew Fuerste-Henry (Dubuque County Library)
Nick Clemens (ByWater Solutions)

How To Get the Most Out of the Koha ERM Module

Jessie Zairo, Kelly McElligott (ByWater Solutions)

Elasticsearch for Koha, in Theory and in Practice

Nick Clemens (ByWater Solutions)
Fred King (MedStar Washington Hospital)

Monday Minutes

Kelly and Jessie were able to record an episode of Monday Minutes with some extra special guests! George Williams and Christopher Brannon, the hosts of the "Terrific Every Other Thursday Koha Training videos" joined Kelly and Jessie to talk about the process of patrons canceling their waiting holds on the OPAC.

About koha-US

koha-US promotes the ongoing communication, collaboration, and education of Koha users in the United States and beyond, partnering with the global community and supporting organizations.


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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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

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Elise Aiello
Partner Engagement Specialist
ByWater Solutions

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