Library Automation

San Luis Obispo Public Libraries Go Live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater Support

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that San Luis Obispo Public Libraries in California is now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater migrated over 157,000 bib records, 362,000 item records, and over 58,000 borrowers.

The customized OPAC for the library can be seen here:

Valerie Burnett, Data Migration Librarian at ByWater Solutions, recently commented:

Working with San Luis Obispo County Library was an unforgettable experience. The librarians used the migration as an opportunity transform their data, and worked diligently to achieve that goal. They clearly care deeply about their patrons and their patrons' access to library resources, and I'm excited to see how Koha with Aspen will level up that excellent access."

Kalleen Marquise, Aspen Implementation Specialist at ByWater Solutions, also commented:

It was wonderful to work with Sharon, Margaret and the entire staff at the San Luis Obispo Libraries. Although, they were already using Aspen, switching to the Koha ILS and undergoing an implementation again, gave them a chance to look at their data and their Aspen Discovery layer through fresh eyes. They were able to learn some new things and turn on features they weren’t previously utilizing. I’m excited to continue to work with them in the future!

About San Luis Obispo Libraries

The San Luis Obispo County Library was established in 1919 under authority of the County Free Library Act. The Library is a department of the County of San Luis Obispo, operating under the authority of the County Board of Supervisors. Today the library provides service to residents of 6 of the 7 incorporated cities and the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County, a service area that extends over 3,000 square miles. The Library offers circulation of books, magazines, newspapers, government publications, and other special publications, and also offers downloadable media of all types.

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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 the 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

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 Aspen Discovery

Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with eContent and other third-party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers. It also improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (record grouping), and much more. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less impact on library budgets.

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Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions

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