Migration and Data Manipulation

Migration and Data Manipulation

We understand how important your data is to you and your patrons. Accurate transfer of your data from your legacy ILS to Koha is our mission in the Migrations Department. The first step in the migration process is data profiling in which we gain an thorough understanding of the data you have sent us. We analyze your data to assess the quantity and quality. We identify any potential anomalies in the data and prepare a strategy for the migration process to move the data into Koha. The design of the migration process is unique to each library. No two data sets are ever the same! During the migration process, each of our new partners receives a migration test system where the migration process is fine-tuned, modified, and adjusted until the data in Koha suits your library's needs. This migration server is also used in the hands on training and for all testing the library wishes to do during the migration process.

Our Koha migration and server setup services include, but not limited to:

  • Creation of a migration Koha system to be used for training and testing
  • Transfer of data from legacy ILS to Koha
  • Koha installation and customization
  • Administrative configuration
  • OPAC customization
  • Import of patron data
  • Assistance with the import/configuration of authority records
  • External device setup such as those using SIP2 and LDAP connections

Our Data Migration Team

Joy Nelson

Joy Nelson

Vice President Implementations

Joy Nelson

Joy Nelson

Vice President Implementations

Joy loves data, but not as much as she loves libraries! She completed her M.I.S. from the University of North Texas School of Library Science and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Her IT career has included software testing, quality assurance and database maintenance before she acquired her M.I.S. and started working in libraries. At ByWater Solutions, Joy combines her love of data with her love of libraries to help partners migrate their data to Koha in the most efficient method, with a minimum amount of disruption to them and their patrons.

Rocío Belén Dressler

Rocío Belén Dressler

Data Migration Librarian

Rocío Belén Dressler

Rocío Belén Dressler

Data Migration Librarian

Rocio’s love of libraries first began in elementary school! She most looked forward to visits to the library and exploring the stacks for new books to read. Her passion for libraries and data grew as she held positions in archives and preservation, and through managing large data sets. Rocio has a B.M. in vocal performance from Oklahoma City University and an M.I.S. in information systems from the University of North Texas.

Jessica Beno

Jessica Beno

Data Migration Librarian

Jessica Beno

Jessica Beno

Data Migration Librarian

Jessica received her BA from St. Xavier University and her MLIS from Dominican University’s School of Library and Information Science. She has worked for historical societies, museums, and archives across Chicagoland, but it was in her role as a corporate digital asset management associate where she developed her passion for data organization. It was with this passion and her love of libraries that she decided to continue her career as a migration librarian for ByWater Solutions. In her free time, Jessica enjoys staying active and spending her days outdoors.