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Mercyhurst University Library Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

Nathan Curulla
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Mercyhurst University Library Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Mercyhurst University’s  Hammermill Library in Erie, PA is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Hammermill Library’s 300,000 plus bibliographic records and will be providing ongoing Koha Support for them. Their custom mobile-friendly OPAC can be viewed at

The licensing and technical support costs for proprietary ILSes became problematic for the library and triggered the need to look at open-source options. As the premier open-source system and with the reputation of its community as precedence, the decision to select Koha was simple. The staff of Mercyhurst conducted an extensive RFP process with competing ILS vendors and ultimately chose Bywater Solutions to host their Koha system.

Rebecca Crago Barwell, Systems and Teaching Librarian, stated:

“We felt comfortable knowing staff would have the support of migration specialists, systems engineers and former librarians from the ByWater staff.”

Darci Jones, Director of University Libraries and Distance Learning, added:

“The Hammermill Library selected Koha because it felt strongly that it would be beneficial to the University as a whole to continue to be adaptive and innovative where tradition and technology meet on the university campus particularly in the library. This relationship with ByWater will help to generate a library system environment where commitment with library constituencies is forefront.”

About Mercyhurst University:

Mercyhurst University, is a fully accredited, four-year, Catholic, liberal arts institution founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, who worked hard to make the college and the Erie community a better place. Today, Mercyhurst has evolved considerably. The university is home to more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students immersed in more than 50 undergraduate majors with 67 concentrations as well as unique adult programs and eight graduate degrees. For more information about Mercyhurst University Hammermill Library, please visit:

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:

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:

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