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Marlboro College Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Implementation

March, 15th 2010
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Marlboro College Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Implementation

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that Marlboro College, of Marlboro, VT. has partnered with them for the installation and support of the community version of the Koha integrated library system.

Emily Alling, Library Director of the Rice Aron Library at Marlboro College, commented on their decision to migrate to Koha with the help of ByWater Solutions;

“Koha is a natural choice for Marlboro College, a liberal arts college that values creativity and encourages exploration across many disciplines. We are excited to be working with ByWater to create a system that works for our community.‚Äù

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Emily and the staff of Marlboro College‚Äù stated Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions. “Our two institutions are very similar with regard to our excitement and enthusiasm about open source, and we look forward to making sure they get the most out of their software.‚Äù

About Marlboro College:
Marlboro College offers a student-centered approach to education that is structurally and culturally different from other colleges. Unfettered by generic course requirements, each student works with their faculty advisor to choose an individualized course of study. For graduation, seniors complete a self-designed Plan of Concentration that is reviewed by an outside evaluator who is an expert in the student’s field. All this occurs within a campus community governed by students, faculty and staff in monthly Town Meetings. The philosophy of students taking responsibility for their education is rooted in the college’s beginnings in the 1940s, when G.I.s returning from World War II insisted on playing a dynamic role in their academic community.

In 1997, Marlboro College created the Graduate School in nearby Brattleboro. The Graduate School offers a wide variety of education and training programs, including graduate and distance education, corporate training and joint offerings with other organizations. For more information about Marlboro College, visit: www.marlboro.edu

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, circ, 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: www.koha-community.org

About ByWater Solutions:
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: bywatersolutions.com

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