Pasco County Libraries Choose ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support
ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Pasco County Library Cooperative, of Hudson Florida, is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.
ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the Pasco County Library Cooperative’s 9 Library branches in late 2013 and will be providing ongoing Koha Support and Hosting services. The libraries have a combined total of over 550,000 item and 171,000 borrower records. Their custom mobile-friendly OPAC can be viewed at http://pasco.bywatersolutions.com.
Sean McGarvey, Library Administrator, Pasco County Library System, spoke of their choice to move to Koha:
“I have been a user of the Koha Open Source ILS for over 3 years. It is one of the best tools for granting libraries all the power of a solid ILS system, combined with the flexibility of a web based program. Now both staff and users can have full functionality anywhere we have an Internet connection. The Open Source aspect of the program is even more attractive, as we don’t have to depend on any one single vendor to make the improvements we want. With that said the support we received from ByWater Solutions in migrating our data, training our staff and hosting the ILS has been excellent. The issues that appear with any migration were quickly addressed by Joy and her migration team. They bent over backwards to make sure our data started off as clean as possible; even working over the holidays! Our training conducted by Nicole was spot on and gave the staff a great foundation for our go live. She spent a day with each aspect of our library world and discussed any issues and solutions that might be needed. The most impressive part is all of this was done in a 4 month time frame, and anyone who has done a migration before knows that’s a very sharp deadline.”
Nicole C. Engard, VP of Education at ByWater Solutions commented on her experience with the staff at the Pasco County Libraries:
“I had the pleasure of training this great group of librarians. Their enthusiasm to learn and their excitement about the new system was great. In true Open Source fashion the training attendees spent time thinking of new ways to do things in Koha and even agreed to sponsor a new development to improve the fines/accounting system. I know that this group will make a great addition to the Koha community and the ByWater family.”
About Pasco County Libraries:
Pasco County Libraries’ 9 branches and website are one-stop community outlets for access to technology, government, and a world of learning. The libraries have a national reputation for innovation and have won awards for their youth programs. They’ve led the way on online access to government services and helped people start their own businesses. The Pasco County Libraries have changed lives by connecting people with quality information and community resources. For more information about Pasco County Library Cooperative, please visit: http://www.pascolibraries.org
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.
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/