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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Installation Services

5/24/2011
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Installation Services

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences has partnered with them for the installation and support of the Koha integrated library system.

Paul Landers, IT Section Manager at the Preston Smith Library commented on their choice of Koha and ByWater Solutions:

“We are thrilled to be working with ByWater Solutions on our ILS migration. The personnel at ByWater have been not only engaging and proactive, but also positive and friendly.It was especially reassuring that some staff even have a Health Sciences library background. ByWater has taken the time to understand our unique needs and concerns, and has worked with us in a very flexible, detailed and professional manner. We are excited to see the fruition of our partnership and eager to reap the benefits of Koha this summer.”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Stated: “We are very excited to get the Preston Smith Library up and running on Koha. The enthusiasm of our new partner makes us even more thrilled to bring the benefits of open source to their library. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center!”

The Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences consists of over 120,000 bibliographic titles and is slated to go-live this Summer.

About the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences:
The Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences serves the TTUHSC Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Allied Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As the major resource of clinical information in West Texas, the library also serves health professionals throughout the area. The facility contains twenty-eight group study rooms, a sixty-four-station Internet-connected computer lab in the Learning Resource Center, a Rare Books Room with adjacent Conference Room, three Photocopy Rooms, a Microfilm Room, and a Student Mentoring Program Room. The library has public seating for over three hundred users, as well as eighteen tables and twenty-eight open carrels. For more information please visit: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/libraries

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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