Aspen Discovery

ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for Eight More VOKAL Libraries

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for eight more libraries in the VOKAL consortium (Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries).

The following VOKAL libraries are now live on Aspen Discovery:

Arvin A. Brown Library

Blake Memorial Library

Groton Free Public Library

Huntington Public Library

Quechee Library (2 libraries, 1 opac)

Roxbury Free Library

Mary L. Blood Memorial Library

Kim Peine from VOKAL recently commented on the implementation:

We now have 46 of our VOKAL consortium libraries using Aspen and the feedback has been wonderful. Patrons love the colorful and easy to use interface. The ability to see all formats, including digital, is a game changer. The Aspen team are wonderful partners and their commitment to excellence shows in the product. It just keeps getting better!"


The Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL) is a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium dedicated to creating a shared catalog and Integrated Library System.

In late 2007 three Vermont libraries joined with a representative from the Vermont Department of Libraries to explore a replacement ILS for Follett, the system currently used by the three libraries. After exploring many options, the group settled on Koha, an open source ILS solution originally created in New Zealand.

In May of 2008, the group chose the name VOKAL - the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries - as a name for the group and the project.

Initially VOKAL's Koha project was implemented on stand alone system. In October of 2010, VOKAL implemented a consortium version of the ILS and began migrating member libraries into the shared system. By January 2011, 4 libraries had been migrated.

Today VOKAL has grown to 63 libraries. We're very proud of the growth that has been accomplished in a relatively short period of time. Along with adding libraries VOKAL has also sponsored numerous developments over the years. These enhancements have improved the Koha experience for our partners and the rest of the world-wide Koha community.

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 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 Aspen Discovery

Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with eContent and other third-party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers. It also improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (record grouping), and much more. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less impact on library budgets.

For more information about Aspen please visit:

For More Information

Elise Aiello
Partner Engagement Specialist
ByWater Solutions