The Central Kansas Library System Chooses ByWater Solutions For Koha Support and Implementation

August 9th 2011
Nathan Curulla
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The Central Kansas Library System Chooses ByWater Solutions For Koha Support and Implementation

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Central Kansas Library System, of Great Bend, KS. has partnered with them for Koha support and hosting services.

ByWater Solutions brought the CKLS Pathfinder Central Online database onto their servers in late June with very positive results. ByWater Solutions will also be partnering with Catalyst IT of Wellington NZ for the ongoing development needs of CKLS.

Koha administrator Maribeth Turner and former administrator Kathy Rippel commented on their recent switch to Koha with ByWater Solutions:

“On June 27, 2011, Central Kansas Library System’s catalog, “Pathfinder Central,” went live with Community Koha. The consortium of thirty-eight member libraries contracted for support and hosting through ByWater Solutions. While the transition period has had some wrinkles, we are very pleased with ByWater Solutions’ level of service, knowledgeable staff, and quick response time as we iron them out. We look forward to using Community Koha and supporting developments for the future.”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: “While the initial data provided by their legacy system came with some issues, the staff of CKLS remained focused throughout the entire migration process. In the end we were able to meet our targeted go-live date regardless, thanks to the hard work of our migration team and the staff of CKLS. We love working with CKLS and look forward to future collaboration with Catalyst regarding their ongoing development needs.”

The Central Kansas Library System’s Pathfinder Central catalog is made up of roughly 38 member libraries and houses over 500,000 records. To view their customized online catalog, please visit:

About the Central Kansas Library System:
The Central Kansas Library System supports library services in 17 counties, covering 13,988 sq. miles with a total population of 187,750. Counties served include: Barton, Cloud, Ellis, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa Pawnee, Phillips, Republic, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, and Smith counties.

The mission of the Central Kansas Library System is to help member libraries give their patrons what they want by extending library service to the unserved and improving library service where it already exists.

The goal of the Central Kansas Library System is to respond to needs articulated by member librarians and trustees through specific programs that offer a level of sevice not affordable in local communities. CKLS pools resources and used modern technology to help local librarians serve their patrons better. CKLS also offers direct services to rural residents and those who need special services because of disability. Anyone living within the System boundaries can get the library materials they want by using the collections of local libraries or by contacting CKLS directly. 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, 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:

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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