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Sibley Memorial Hospital of Washington, D.C. Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support

December 28th 2010
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Sibley Memorial Hospital of Washington, D.C. Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Medical Library of Sibley Memorial Hospital has partnered with them for the support of their self hosted Koha installation.

The library’s Koha installation was conducted in-house and the they have partnered with ByWater Solutions for ongoing support services. ByWater also provided consultation services throughout their in-house installation.

Yelena Supranova, Librarian at Sibley, commented on their switch to Koha with support from ByWater Solutions:

“Koha is a great solution for a small library. I would have never been able to justify the purchase of a high priced ILS to organize my collection of roughly 3,000 items. At the same time, Koha, like any full scale ILS, needs support. Luckily, ByWater Solutions knows everything about it and you can rely on their fast and efficient help; they are wonderful to work with.”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: “We are very happy to have the opportunity to partner with Yelena and the staff of Sibley Memorial Hospital. We love to see that more and more medical libraries are beginning to embrace Koha and take advantage of the benefits and freedoms of using open source software.”

About Sibley Memorial Hospital:
Sibley is a non-profit, full service 328 bed acute care community hospital serving the Washington, DC area. Our campus is also home to our assisted living residence, Grand Oaks and The Sibley Renaissance which houses our Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, Sibley Senior Services, skilled nursing care and a residential Alzheimer’s unit.

The mission of Sibley Memorial Hospital is to provide quality health services and facilities for the community, to promote wellness, to relieve suffering, and to restore health as swiftly, safely, and humanely as it can be done consistent with the best service we can give at the highest value for all concerned. For more information please visit: http://www.sibley.org

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: http://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: http://bywatersolutions.com

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