Library Automation

The Menil Collection Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library’s over 39,000 bibs from Follett and continues to provide support services for Koha.

The catalog can be viewed here:

Lauren Gottlieb-Miller, Librarian at the Menil Collection, recently commented:

We had an incredible onboarding experience with the Koha team and were more than ready to roll out to our users on day one of Go Live. Moving from our previous OPAC to Koha was a seamless process thanks to the Bywater migration team. We are a library with only two librarians and couldn’t have done it without them!”

About The Menil Collection

The Library of the Menil Collection supports the reference, research, and scholarly needs of the museum. Outside scholars are an important secondary constituency. The library collects books, periodicals, and electronic resources focusing on the art and artists represented in the Menil Collection, as well as general and fundamental works on the movements in the arts and allied disciplines that contextualize them. Like the Menil Collection itself, the Library does not aspire to be encyclopedic; rather the Library’s goal is depth in the areas of strength of the museum’s art collection.

For broader coverage, the Library coordinates its holdings with other local art libraries, as it is a highly specialized component in the larger universe of Houston area art research resources.

Learn more about the library here:

About ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. 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, HTML5, 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

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Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions