Ocean State Libraries Selects Koha and Aspen Discovery to Power Its Patron Portal to Books, Media and More in Partnership with ByWater Library Solutions

Ocean State Libraries is delighted to announce that its members have selected Koha and Aspen Discovery as its next ILS and discovery solution after more than a year of product explorations and evaluations. Koha and Aspen Discovery work together to power behind-the-scenes operations and patron-facing discovery of library resources.

Koha and Aspen Discovery are open-source solutions with strong communities and growing adoption by libraries and library consortia around the United States and the world.

Stephen Spohn, Executive Director at Ocean State Libraries, commented:

“We are very excited about our new partnership with ByWater Solutions and eager to join the Koha and Aspen Discovery open source communities. With help from ByWater, we hope to transform the discovery of library resources for all Rhode Islanders.”

Ocean State Libraries and ByWater Solutions will begin the process of data migration and training this fall in hopes to go live in May 2023. OSL’s current contract with Innovative Interfaces, Part of Clarivate, ends in June 2023.

Nathan Curulla, CRO at ByWater Solutions, recently commented:

“We are beyond thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Ocean State Libraries for their implementation of Koha and Aspen Discovery. I have a long held personal connection to Rhode Island and I am overjoyed that we are able to bring our services to the libraries and patrons of this great state. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the talented staff at Ocean State Libraries and greatly appreciate the trust they have placed in ByWater.”

About Ocean State Libraries

Ocean State Libraries (OSL) is a consortium of Rhode Island’s 48 public libraries and St. George’s School. OSL coordinates a statewide catalog of library materials, digital content and future-ready technology services for its member libraries so they may better serve their patrons and communities. Through their library’s membership in OSL and OSL’s partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services, library patrons have access to over six million books, movies and more, all available at or through their local public library.

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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Stephen Spohn
Executive Director
Ocean State Libraries

Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions

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