The Katharine Brush Library at The Loomis Chaffee School Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

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The Katharine Brush Library at Loomis Chaffee School Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that The Katharine Brush Library at Loomis Chaffee School, of Windsor, CT is now live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support. ByWater Solutions had completed the migration of the Libraries’ more than 30,000 titles last year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Library’s customized online catalog can be viewed at:

Eric Styles, Director of the Katherine Brush Library, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

“The Loomis Chaffee School’s Katharine Brush Library had the same ILS since it went automated in the mid-1990s. We were looking for an ILS and vendor that would provide a dynamic product, which continues to customize with improvements, and excellent customer service. The open source product Koha offered our first need. Koha provides a staff client and OPAC that is easy to navigate and provides the ability to make customizable and global changes, which is not available in many “out of the box” ILS vendors. Also, as an open source product Koha continues to improve with community needs and crowd sourcing. The open source environment makes you feel a part of a community, which again we would not get with an “out of the box” ILS. ByWater achieved our second need with excellent customer service, including a seamless, hands-on migration and OPAC customization. It is refreshing to deal with a dedicated staff, which believes in the success of their product. We also feel a part of the ByWater family and the continued excellent support we have from them.”

About TheLoomis Chaffee School:
The Loomis Chaffee School is a renowned New England boarding school located on a 300-acre campus in Windsor, Connecticut. Chartered in 1874 by five siblings whose children all died tragically and who then selflessly determined to found a school as a gift to the children of others, Loomis Chaffee provides our students with the best education – an education in which excellence in teaching and learning is shaped by the why, as much as the what, and every member of the community shares a commitment to the best self and the common good.

The School:

  • grades 9,12 and post-graduate
  • trimester schedule with an 11-day cycle; classes held on eight Saturdays
  • 300-acre campus in historic Windsor, Connecticut
  • 12 dormitories with 36 live-in faculty families and 42 affiliated faculty members
  • 250+ courses (regular, advanced, and Advanced Placement) and independent study
  • average class size: 12
  • The Norton Family Center for the Common Good
  • The Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies
  • The Henry R. Kravis ’63 Center for Excellence in Teaching

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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 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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