Samuel Merritt University Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

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Samuel Merritt University Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha ( support, announced today that the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at Samuel Merritt University is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the John A. Graziano Memorial Library this summer and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services for their over 38,000 bibliographic records and 5,000 patrons.

Marcus Banks, Director of Library/Academic & Instructional Innovation at Samuel Merritt University, says,

“Samuel Merritt University is delighted to have switched to the community version of Koha. In 2008, having experienced firsthand the disadvantages of proprietary systems and vendor lock-in, and recognizing the advantages of open source software and the strength of the Koha community, we migrated to a hosted version of Koha. But our vendor replaced its offering of the community version of Koha with its own proprietary fork, putting us back where we started. With our migration to ByWater Solutions, we have a capable partner as we push the boundaries of what is possible with an ILS, and we’re able to benefit from and contribute to the expertise and camaraderie of the diverse and collaborative Koha community.”

The John A. Graziano Memorial Library’s customized online catalog can be viewed here:

About the John A. Graziano Memorial Library and Samuel Merritt University:
Founded in Oakland, California, in 1909, Samuel Merritt University is a fully accredited health sciences institution offering degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and podiatric medicine. SMU educates students to become highly skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals who positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities. The University’s John A. Graziano Memorial Library provides access to the largest collection of nursing and pediatric journals and monographs in the East Bay and is one of the best collections of these specialty areas in California. For more information about the John A. Graziano Memorial Library 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,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:

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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