The Walker Art Center Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

Nathan Curulla
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The Walker Art Center Library goes 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 Walker Art Center Library and Archives, of Minneapolis, MN. is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The collections housed in the Walker’s Archives & Library department include a variety of materials concentrating on the development of the Walker Art Center, as well as focusing on the contemporary arts in the United States and around the world. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at:

Nathan Curulla, Co-Owner of ByWater commented on the library’s move to Koha:

“We are very happy to have the opportunity to bring the Walker Art Center up on Koha! The Center has a very impressive collection and our Educator was thrilled to be able to visit the center for their onsite training. ByWater has extensive experience working with museums and art centers and we were happy to use this to the advantage of the Walker Art Center and its team.”

About The Walker Art Center and its Library and Archives
The archives provides a rich resource for study on the Walker Art Center from materials dating back to the private collection of T.B. Walker in 1879 to Walker Art Center’s most recent exhibitions and events. Included in the holdings are thousands of photographs, documents, artist letters, publications, ephemera, audio, video and film that document the Walker’s long history with numerous artists, such as Chuck Close, Bruce Conner, Trisha Brown, and Merce Cunningham. In addition, the archives houses the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection of over 1,000 titles from the silent era to the contemporary.The library contains a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals, including artists’ monographs and catalogues from exhibitions held worldwide from the 1940s to the present, as well as files of small format ephemera and clippings for over 5,000 contemporary artists.

A special feature of the department is the Rosemary Furtak Collection of contemporary artist books. This important collection includes books by artists represented in the Walker Art Center’s permanent collection, such as Sol LeWitt, Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, and Lawrence Weiner. It includes books by artists working primarily with the book form, as well as exemplary work by local book artists. It is named after Rosemary Furtak, the Walker’s librarian of 29 years, who is recognized as a visionary in her field for building this distinguished collection of artist books. Rosemary Furtak defined artist books as “books that refuse to behave like books.” In this spirit, the library continues to collect specimens that push the boundaries of what book art can be. 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, 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 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 for Koha support 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: /