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The Luther Rice Seminary and University Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Hosting

July 19th, 2010
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The Luther Rice Seminary and University Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Hosting

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Luther Rice Seminary and University, of Lithonia, GA. has partnered with them for the hosting and support of their official Koha integrated library system installation.

The Library switched to Koha from their Winnebago Spectrum system in 2009.

Hal Haller, Librarian at LRU’s Bertha Smith Library, and Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology, stated that the “affordability and mechanisms for improvement” that Koha offered were key factors in deciding to switch to an open source product.

When asked what made LRU decide to partner with ByWater for their support and hosting needs, he stated that the key factors were “the excellent feedback we received from the references we contacted, as well as quick response times to all requests for information and implementation.”

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with LRU” stated Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions. He continued; “The transition from their self hosted environment over to our servers was quick and painless, and lifted the burden of server maintenance from the library and technology staff. We are thrilled that we are able to accommodate their needs.”

The Bertha Smith Library’s online Koha catalog can be viewed here: http://koha.lru.edu

About the Luther Rice Seminary and University:

Be trained and equipped to have a real IMPACT on the world! Join thousands of men and women around the world who have found the degree programs at Luther Rice to be a convenient, affordable, and flexible way to earn a degree. There are Luther Rice students in 18 foreign countries and 42 states currently working on a degree. We know distance learning– we’ve been successfully doing it for over 45 years. You can trust our time-honored tradition of academic excellence and truly personal service. Luther Rice has one of the lowest tuition rates of any private university or seminary in the country. We are convenient; degrees can be achieved completely online. If you prefer, you can attend classes on our beautiful campus in Metro Atlanta during the day, evenings, on Saturday, or in one-week intensives. Come join our family– that’s Luther Rice! For more information, please visit www.lru.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, 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 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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