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Taft College Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Implementation

April 20th, 2010
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Taft College Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Implementation

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

David Berry, Library Director of Taft College, commented on their decision to switch to Koha supported by ByWater Solutions;

“Having reviewed a variety of different systems, we felt that Koha would provide the greatest flexibility and ease of use for our patrons. ByWater Solutions offered the best fit for our needs and we look forward to a productive relationship with them in future.”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated; “We are overjoyed to have the opportunity to partner with Taft College for their Koha implementation. We are thrilled to see how the Koha community is growing and consider ourselves lucky to be part of that growth.‚Äù

The Taft College Library serves a population of 10,000 students and faculty, and is located in the western Kern County community of Taft with a population of 17,000.

About Taft College:
Taft College has been serving its community and students for over seventy-five years. This service has included the tradition of small classes, a focus on learning, strong interaction with faculty and staff, and access. Here students will find a college that engages learners as full partners in the learning process. Taft College’s small classes provide the opportunity to work directly with an excellent faculty. Learners at Taft acquire the skills to succeed on their job, at transfer colleges, and in life. For more information about Taft College, please visit: www.taftcollege.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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