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Sterling College Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support


By ByWater Solutions - Posted on 17 April 2013

4/17/2013
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Sterling College Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions completed the migration for Sterling College at the beginning of February and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services for them.

Petra Vogel, Librarian at Sterling College commented on the library’s decision to migrate to Koha:

“I was excited about converting our library system to Koha with ByWater Solutions. However I was also somewhat nervous because, except for a very part-time coworker, our library is pretty much a one-woman operation. On top of that, just as I was working on sending our data, our campus IT person left to pursue another career. The folks at ByWater Solutions provided the training and support needed to make the migration a success. Overall it was a positive learning experience for me. I felt, and still feel, 100% supported by the team at ByWater.”

“I had the pleasure of training Petra and her staff on their new Koha system.” Commented Nicole Engard, Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. “I love getting to visit libraries like the one at Sterling College. The team was excited about the change, eager to learn and ready to share their knowledge with others. That’s just the type of community member we love to welcome to Koha.”

About Sterling College:

Sterling College is a small, progressive, liberal arts college in northern Vermont, in the heart of a rural region called the Northeast Kingdom. Sterling is unique in many ways, among them our small size, our environmental focus, and our commitment to grassroots sustainability. The Sterling library collection focuses on environmental and resource issues and supports our areas of study: Conservation Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Natural History, Northern Studies, Outdoor Education & Leadership, and Sustainable Agriculture. The walls of the library serve as an art gallery featuring Vermont artists. For more information about Sterling College, please visit: http://www.sterlingcollege.edu/library.html

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/