The American Numismatic Society Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support

June 22nd, 2010
Nathan Curulla
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The American Numismatic Society Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that The American Numismatic Society, of New York, NY. has partnered with them for the support and hosting of the Koha integrated library system.

The Society’s Library, which houses one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of numismatic literature, presently numbers some 100,000 items. These include books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, auction catalogs, and microforms, all of which are cataloged. The library currently uses Koha as their ILS and had previously installed and implemented the system in house.

Elizabeth Hahn, Librarian at ANS, commented on the library’s original decision to move to Koha:

“Budget considerations and the fear of vendor lock-in were our primary concern and therefore a major reason for choosing an open source solution. We also liked the idea of a community discussing issues and sharing updates, and the opportunity to take part in the ongoing development of the software. In addition, the ability to customize the catalog to suit our own needs played an important role in our decision.”

She continues;

“The immediate responses to our initial questions and excellent customer service were leading factors in our decision to partner with ByWater. In addition, the reasonable pricing options and variety of available services also played a major role in our final decision. ”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions stated; “Being an amateur (very amateur) coin collector, I was thrilled with the opportunity to partner with a library such as the ANS. We look forward to optimizing their Koha experience for them!”

About The American Numismatic Society:

The American Numismatic Society is an organization dedicated to the study of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present. The Society’s headquarters in New York City has the foremost research collection and library specialized in numismatics in the United States. These resources are used to support research and education in numismatics, for the benefit of academic specialists, serious collectors, professional numismatists, and the interested public. 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, 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

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:

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