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William Way LGBT Community Center Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that William Way LGBT Community Center Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of 14,000 plus bibliographic records from ResourceMate.

William Way LGBT Community Center Library's customized OPAC can be viewed at

John Anderies, Director, William Way LGBT Community Center Library recently commented on the migration to Koha!

We are thrilled to have a new library catalog for our small community-based lending library. For the first time in our 46-year history we have a catalog that uses MARC, allows for online access, and sends notices to our borrowers! Bywater Solutions has been a joy to work with and we couldn't have wished for a smoother transition.

About William Way LGBT Community Center Library

The John J. Wilcox, Jr. Library at William Way LGBT Community Center is the nation’s oldest LGBTQ lending library, established in 1976 as the Library of the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia. The Library collection focuses on the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals. We collect both fiction and nonfiction across all disciplines that engage with issues of relevance to LGBTQ communities. The Library contains more than 14,000 books and DVDs, mostly acquired through community donation.

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 the 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 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

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Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions