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The American Alpine Club Library Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Implementation

March 25th 2010
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The American Alpine Club Library Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Implementation

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the American Alpine Club, of Golden, CO. has partnered with them for the installation and support of the community version of the Koha integrated library system.

Beth Heller, Preservation Librarian and the American Alpine Club commented on their decision to switch to ByWater Solutions and Koha:

“Open source software provides us with the flexibility and agility to make our catalog responsive to our members’ needs, and to embed it within our new open-source-platform website, which is currently in development.‚Äù

“ByWater offered an affordable solution for migration, installation, hosting and support. The fact that key players at ByWater have been deeply involved with the Koha community creates trust that upgrades and trouble-shooting will be timely and effective.‚Äù

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions stated:

“We are overjoyed to have the opportunity to partner with AAC. Many of us at ByWater are avid outdoors people, so to have the chance to work with such an important mountaineering library is very exciting! The collection they house is a real treasure and we cannot wait to use Koha and open source to organize and present it in the best way possible.‚Äù

About the American Alpine Club Library:
Established in 1916, the Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library is one of the oldest alpine research facilities in the United States, and the largest outside of Europe. A circulating collection of nearly 20,000 books and videos devoted to mountaineering and rock climbing is available for members to borrow. Rare and non-circulating collections include the AAC archives, John M. Boyle Himalayan Library, manuscript collections, photographs, and rare books dating back to the 16th century. The Library has special strengths in American and foreign guidebooks, Mount Everest and the Himalayas, the Alps, and mountaineering history. The collection includes nearly 600 journals from all over the world, and over 500 videos and DVDs. The entire collection is cataloged online on HENRY, the library catalog. For more information, please visit: www.americanalpineclub.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, 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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