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Northeast Harbor Library Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support


By ByWater Solutions - Posted on 03 June 2013

5/31/2013
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Northeast Harbor Library Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Northeast Harbor Library, of Northeast Harbor, Maine is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Northeast Harbor Library’s 50,000 plus volumes earlier this year and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. Their custom OPAC can be viewed at http://neharbor.bywatersolutions.com/.

Brook Ewing Minner, Director of the Northeast Harbor Library commented on their decision to partner with ByWater:

“The Northeast Harbor Library was using Koha for about 4 years before we made the switch to ByWater Solutions. We were impressed with the friendly and knowledgeable customer service and it was primarily for this reason that we selected ByWater over similar companies. Our migration was seamless and any little issues we’ve had since have been handled promptly by the ByWater team. We’re very pleased with our choice and our patrons are loving many of the new features that we can offer them.”

About The Northeast Harbor Library:
The original Northeast Harbor Library and Reading Room opened in 1892 as a seasonal subscription library. The founders – most of them summer residents – developed an outstanding collection for that era. In 1905 the need for a winter library was met when the Neighborhood House opened with a single large room as a winter library called the Northeast Harbor Village Library. This was a free library for the community and its collection was expanded each fall when books were brought from the summer library. The library currently serves as three libraries using a single collection: A privately funded library for seasonal residents, a “free” library for the towns’ inhabitants, and a school library for Mount Desert Elementary School. For more information please visit: http://nehlibrary.org/

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–XHTML, 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: http://koha-community.org/

About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality 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 to support Koha 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: http://bywatersolutions.com/