The Urban School of San Francisco's Herbst Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

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The Urban School of San Francisco’s Herbst Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha ( support, announced today that The Urban School of San Francisco’s Herbst Library is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Herbst Library in early September and will be providing ongoing support and hosting services for them.

The Herbst Library supports the education needs of 375 students and nearly 40 faculty members with a collection totaling over 11,000 items. Their customized online catalog can be viewed here:

Sarah Levin, Urban Librarian, commented on her experience with migrating to and using Koha:

“We are so excited to have Koha as our new library system. The flexibility that an open source product has along with great support from ByWater Solutions made the decision to switch easy. We are excited to transition from a basic ILS that simply got the job done to a more robust tool that will not only make our OPAC more useful to patrons, but will also make my job as a solo librarian more streamlined.”

Nicole C. Engard, Vice President of Education, commented on the team at the Herbst Library:

“Training staff as excited about change and new technology as those at The Urban School was a pleasure! The enthusiasm that Sarah and her term showed about open source, both in libraries and in education, was refreshing. I can’t wait to work with this team both on improving Koha and educating the next generation on the values of open source.”

About The Urban School of San Fransisco:
Founded in 1966, The Urban School of San Francisco is an innovative, independent high school with a mission to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire our students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education. We honor the uniqueness of each individual and seek students from diverse backgrounds in order to build a strong, inclusive community and prepare students for lives in a multicultural society. For more information about The Urban School of San Fransisco, please visit:

About the Herbst Library:
The library is a dynamic information commons. It supports the school’s philosophy of instilling in students a life-long love of learning. The mission of the library is to ensure that students acquire research skills needed to succeed in their courses and in college. The library supports the curriculum by providing primary source material and other resources not easily found at the local public libraries. For more information about the Herbst Library, 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:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS 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 to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: /

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