Aspen Discovery

Aspen is a full-featured Open Source 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 (FRBR), and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less impact on library budgets.

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Every month we present Aspen Discovery demos on a variety of different topics. Join us for one of these free sessions to learn more about what Aspen can do for your library and library patrons!

Pathways to Open Source: Aspen Discovery Webinar Series

Introduction to Aspen Discovery

Aspen Discovery Goals

Goal 1: Create a unified experience through deep integration with ALL library technologies

Goal 2: Maximize User Engagement with the Library

Goal 3: Connect every user with a personalized and accessible library homebase

Goal 4: Empower library administrators to customize and expand Aspen

Aspen Discovery Goals Aspen Discovery Expanded Goals

Aspen LiDA

Aspen LiDA (Library Discovery app) is the companion to Aspen Discovery. The app expands the robust offerings currently available with Aspen Discovery; including intuitive searching, visually engaging browsing, patron account management, and suggested searches to bring an enhanced library experience to your patrons.

Download for free now in the Google Play and Apple App Store.

Complete Integration Third Party Products

Aspen integrates with the APIs for any ILS and eContent providers. New integrations are being continually added and existing integrations are continually being refined.

Here is a complete list of Aspen Discovery Integrations

Documentation

The Help Manual for Aspen Discovery is available at https://help.aspendiscovery.org/

The Release Notes can be found here.

Learn more about Aspen Discovery https://aspen.bywatersolutions.com/

Aspen Discovery Community

  • 20+ Contributors
  • 1,500+ Libraries
  • 10 Translated Languages

Meet our Team

Bill Kessler

Bill Kessler

Aspen Sales Consultant

Bill Kessler

Bill Kessler

Aspen Sales Consultant

Bill has a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has extensive sales, innovative marketing and outreach, and customer relationship experience. Bill has been working with libraries since 2001. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Jordan Fields

Jordan Fields

Head of Aspen

Jordan Fields

Jordan Fields

Head of Aspen

Jordan holds an MSLIS and a CAS in Digital Libraries from Syracuse University as well as a BA in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. She spent the first phase of her career working in technology management for public libraries from a large urban public library to a smaller rural library system and even a mixed-type library consortium.

Frustrated by the lack of good software options for libraries, she turned her attention to product management and support where she has spent the past several years working on patron-facing offerings including library discovery, archives, and marketing platforms. There’s nothing she enjoys more than talking to librarians and dreaming up the future for their communities.

Jordan lives in Colorado and spends most of her free time enjoying the mountains.

Kalleen Marquise

Kalleen Marquise

Aspen Implementation Specialist

Kalleen Marquise

Kalleen Marquise

Aspen Implementation Specialist

Kalleen aka "Kal" holds a MLIS from the University of South Florida and a BA in English from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She has over seven years of experience working in public service in public and academic libraries. Kal is passionate about training and getting to know library partners far and wide. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exploring with her dog, and traveling to new places. Kal lives in St. Petersburg, Florida and enjoys its vibrant arts and community events.

Kate Lozyk

Kate Lozyk

Aspen Support and Quality Assurance Analyst

Kate Lozyk

Kate Lozyk

Aspen Support and Quality Assurance Analyst

After jet-setting around the world for a few years, Kate came to the library world in 2020 and quickly developed a deep appreciation for modern libraries' role in the community. She is passionate about raising awareness about what a library can do for people and wants to empower library staff to help them deliver the best user experience to all visitors. An English major, she enjoys cheesy puns and wordplay, board games, and adventures with her spoiled dog.

Kendra Little

Kendra Little

Systems Team

Kendra Little

Kendra Little

Systems Team

Kendra originally went to school with dreams of becoming a doctor, although she has always had a deep love for computers and everything technology. After an unlikely encounter, while completing her B.S. in Sports Medicine at Howard University, she decided to alter her career path and learn about Linux. Following graduation, she landed her first job in IT as a software administrator. Since then, she has had two Linux Systems Administrator positions before joining ByWater Solutions. She hopes that she can apply her technical skills to assist ByWater Solutions with its continuous growth. Originally from Long Island, NY Kendra has been a resident of the District of Columbia for over 10 years. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike around the national mall, attending sporting events, reading, and serving her community.

Kirstien Kroeger

Kirstien Kroeger

Aspen Developer

Kirstien Kroeger

Kirstien Kroeger

Aspen Developer

Kirstien holds an MPS in UX Design from MICA, a BS in Computer Science from Fort Hays State University, and an AAS in Graphic Design from Salina Area Technical College. With over twenty years of development and design experience, she fell into the library world on a whim after joining the technology department at her local public library. While working there, she quickly found libraries as a place where she could apply her skills to make information and resources more accessible to real people.

Kirstien lives in central Kansas with her cat Harley, and in her free time she enjoys reading spooky thriller novels, collecting quirky art from comic conventions, and watching too many true crime documentaries.

Kirstien is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International, and serves on the Organizing Committee for Designing for Digital.

Kodi Lein

Kodi Lein

Aspen Developer

Kodi Lein

Kodi Lein

Aspen Developer

Kodi started her career by first pursuing Dietetics/Nutrition, but decided to shift her goals towards software development due to her passion for video games. She went on to earn her BS in software development from Champlain College and discovered that she loves programming and UI/UX design even outside of game development. Her work in healthcare, as well as other customer service-based positions, bolstered her skills in communication and problem-solving and she is excited to combine those skills and experiences with her technical skills to assist ByWater's library partners! Currently, she lives in Vermont with her cat but grew up in Kansas City and hopes to be moving to Seattle soon! In her spare time, you can find her reading, singing, playing the guitar, or playing video games.

Lauren Conley

Lauren Conley

Aspen Support / Customer Success Analyst

Lauren Conley

Lauren Conley

Aspen Support / Customer Success Analyst

Lauren has a BA in International Studies from The Ohio State University and an MLIS from Kent State University. She grew up in Ohio, spending most of her time reading and then realized becoming a librarian would be a good fit (after she swore never to return to school again). After moving to Colorado, she worked for a library consortium, serving public, school, community college, and correctional libraries across the state. She has a firm belief that everyone deserves a good library and loves helping library staff with their questions and processes. She lives with her librarian spouse, daughter, and dog in Colorado and enjoys reading, sunshine, and playing trivia.

Mark Noble

Mark Noble

Aspen Architect

Mark Noble

Mark Noble

Aspen Architect

Mark graduated with a degree in Architectural Engineering, but moved immediately into software development. More than half his career has been spent building software for libraries with the majority of the time spent working on Discovery software. He enjoys creating innovative new functionality to make library software work better for patrons and staff. In his spare time, Mark enjoys being outdoors running and hiking, traveling, and hanging out with his kids.

Morgan Daigneault

Morgan Daigneault

Aspen Implementation Specialist

Morgan Daigneault

Morgan Daigneault

Aspen Implementation Specialist

Morgan began her journey as a public library volunteer while studying graphic design but eventually realized her heart belonged to the library world and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She received her MLIS from the University of Missouri. As a librarian, she has experience with teaching technology classes for adults, leading staff development workshops, and having a blast in youth services. Morgan is excited to bring her enthusiasm for teaching and technology to ByWater’s library partners! Originally from Kansas City, Morgan now lives in Maine with her tiny dog and large cats. In her personal time, she enjoys hiking, audiobooks, cross-stitching, and video games

Myranda Fuentes

Myranda Fuentes

Aspen Product and Quality Assurance Analyst

Myranda Fuentes

Myranda Fuentes

Aspen Product and Quality Assurance Analyst

Myranda is a lifelong public library enthusiast whose experiences in the world of library technology date back to her teen years as a volunteer. After graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in English Literature, she began her career as a library worker in archives and special collections. At ByWater, Myranda seeks to leverage her passion for libraries, open-source software, discovery tools, and tech troubleshooting to provide the best support for our library partners. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Myranda currently resides in New Hampshire with her sister and pampered cat. When left to her own devices, Myranda can be found maintaining her personal websites, browsing the yesterweb, playing video games, reading stacks of manga, and trying her hand at hardware repair.

Katherine Perdue

Katherine Perdue

Aspen Developer

Katherine Perdue

Katherine Perdue

Aspen Developer

Katherine received degrees in linguistics at the University of Virginia and the University of Hawaii before figuring out where she truly belonged: working in libraries and library technology. She holds an MLIS from the Catholic University of America and a BA in Computer Science from Auburn University. She spent nearly a decade as a systems librarian at academic and public libraries. She lives in Virginia with her two cats and loves hiking, birding, and, especially in the dead of winter, hydroponic gardening.

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