The University Libraries at Virginia Tech are live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the University Libraries at Virginia Tech are now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions. ByWater completed the transition of the library's 1.5 million plus holdings from Sierra earlier this month and will be providing ongoing support and hosting services to the library. The University Libraries have also be implemented the Coral ERM through ByWater and the Ebsco Discovery Service to work alongside Koha for a unified Library Management System that allows students to easily find all of the resources needed in one interface. The University Libraries at Virginia Tech are the first R1 research libraries to adopt Koha as their LMS and marks a turning point for the Koha project in terms of large scale academic library adoption.

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: "We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with the dedicated team at Virginia Tech! The flexibility and control that is inherent in the open source model is a perfect match for the needs of Virginia Tech; an institution that continues to be at the forefront of innovation and technology. They are a true market leader and we are thrilled that they are up and running on Koha!"

About the University Libraries at Virginia Tech

The University Libraries plays an essential role in furthering Virginia Tech’s mission as a global land-grant university by providing access to a plethora of resources in varying disciplines. It strives to share information and knowledge regardless of geographic, institutional, or financial barriers, through our growing open data and research repositories. Overall, the University Libraries’ goal is to foster innovation, discovery, creativity, and collaboration through our spaces, technology, services, and people. For more information please visit:

About Koha

Koha is the first open-source Library Management System (LMS). 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:

About ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their LMS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions for Koha support not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an LMS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit:

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