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Trinity County Library System Now Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

June 7th 2011
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Trinity County Library System Now Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Trinity County Library System of Weaverville, CA. is now live on their official Koha integrated library system.

Trinity County Library and the Open Source-Open Libraries Consortium have partnered with ByWater Solutions for their Koha implementation. The library system’s Koha installation will be moved into the NorthNet union catalog which will be made up of several Northern California libraries who have chosen to move to Koha with support and implementation services provided by ByWater. The Trinity County Library System is made up of three branches.

Oresta Esquibel, County Librarian of the Trinity County Library, commented on their move to Koha and ByWater Solutions:

“The Trinity County Library is a small library system in rural Northern California offering service in a main library and two small branches. As a relative latecomer to automation in 2003, the Trinity County Library has been working on completing the cataloging of its collections for the last eight years. After automating in 2003, I thought we were done but with several very lean budget years and understanding that a brutal financial picture awaited us in the future, migrating to a product with a much lower technical support cost was easier to contemplate.”

She continues: “When I heard about the grant opportunity offered to North State libraries through NorthNet, I knew that we would be migrating along with partner libraries to share in an eventual union catalog. I was further encouraged by the functionality offered by Koha and its ability to customize reports. Although I had to reschedule our migration date, everyone was accommodating and helpful: ByWater’s Ruth Bavousett, the lead migration specialist assigned to us, as well as the staff of Plumas and Del Norte County Libraries, our partner libraries, who have been so willing to share information and tips along the way. We migrated to Koha over the weekend of April 15-17, a “migration on steroids” to be sure, but we survived and are fast learning the features of our new system.”

About the Trinity County Library:
The Trinity County Library seeks to make a positive impact on all county residents by offering quality resources, programs and exhibits in a variety of formats and by providing services that fill the informational, educational and recreational needs of its residents. To fulfill its mission, the Library employs a knowledgeable, well-trained staff committed to excellent service. For more information please visit: http://www.trinitycounty.org/departments/library/library.htm

About Open Source-Open Libraries:
Open Source , Open Libraries is a consortia of libraries, library systems, and other organizations committed to pursuing Open Source Software alternatives for libraries. The primary focus of the project is on Open Source Library Systems as potential replacements for commercial, proprietary integrated library systems (ILS).The goal is to empower libraries and library consortia by encouraging participation and collaboration in software products generally, and encouraging them to consider an Open Source Library System such as Koha or Evergreen. Just as libraries provide opportunities for people to empower themselves, Open Source Software provides an opportunity for libraries to empower themselves by asserting more control over the software tools used to run their libraries.The project is funded by member contributions combined withsupport from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information please visit: http://opensource.califa.org/

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: http://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: http://bywatersolutions.com

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