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

March 15th 2011
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944

The Northeast 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 Northeast Kansas Library System, of Lawrence, KS. has partnered with them for Koha support and hosting services.

ByWater Solutions and Catalyst IT of Wellington NZ partnered to bring the NEKLS NExpress database onto the ByWater Solutions servers early this month with very positive results. ByWater and Catalyst will also be partnering together for the ongoing development needs of NEKLS.

Jim Minges, Executive Director of NEKLS, commented on their decision to switch to ByWater Solutions for their ongoing hosting and support: “The experience of the Northeast Kansas Library System with ByWater Solutions has been entirely positive. They have developed a very creative solution to our Koha hosting and support needs in partnership with Catalyst IT. Ruth Bavoussett, our ByWater migration manager, has done a splendid job in managing a complex migration of our Koha system. When serious glitches occurred in the data transfer, Ruth worked through the night to make our migration happen on schedule. We appreciate ByWater Solution’s total commitment to Koha open source principles, and look forward to partnering on developing new Koha features and adding additional libraries to our Koha consortium.”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: “We look forward to a long and very productive relationship with Jim and the staff of NEKLS. NEKLS is another excellent illustration of the flexibility and scalability of both Koha and the companies who support it. We have enjoyed working with both NEKLS and Catalyst in the implementation of the NExpress catalog and look forward to more collaboration in the future.”

The Northeast Kansas Library System’s NExpress Catalog is made up of roughly 35 member libraries and houses over 850,000 records. For more information and to search their online catalog, please visit:

About the Northeast Kansas Library System:

The Northeast Kansas Library System is a cooperative multi-type regional library system created by Kansas statutes. NEKLS has approximately 120 member libraries, including 48 public libraries, 22 academic and special libraries, and 50 school districts and private schools. NEKLS provides a variety of consulting and training, financial assistance, technology support and resource sharing services, including the NExpress regional library catalog. NEKLS and its member libraries are leaders and innovators in providing exemplary library services. 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:

Read more by Press Releases

Tags koha support