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The Edsel Ford Memorial Library at The Hotchkiss School Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

Nathan Curulla
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The Edsel Ford Memorial Library at The Hotchkiss School Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that The Edsel Ford Memorial Library at The Hotchkiss School, of Lakeville, CT is now live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support. ByWater Solutions had completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 70,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at:

Robert Hilliker, Director of the Ford Library, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

"I think the biggest factor in our decision to move to Koha was the sense of ownership: knowing that we have the ability to make the changes we need to suit our workflows. We were also blown away by the support the ByWater team have us during our migration, especially Rocio, who put us at ease that our data would transfer smoothly out of our old system. Our users love the new Koha interface too: in fact or students actually cheered when I demonstrated the shelf browsing feature in the OPAC!"

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater also commented on the library's partnership with ByWater

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Rob and the team at the Ford Library at The Hotchkiss School. Having come from a private school in Connecticut I know the value of personalized education and we are thrilled to be able to help by supporting a vehicle to effectively deliver the resources of the library to the students.

About The Edsel Ford Memorial Library:
The Edsel Ford Memorial Library provides students with a wealth of research tools — and an ideal place for both individual and group study. In addition to cozy armchairs and quiet study carrels, the library offers ample space for collaborative work: a smart classroom, two media viewing rooms, and a multimedia lab. Wireless computer access is available throughout the building, and students can check out a variety of equipment, such as computers, calculators, cameras, and tripods.

  • Personal Librarian Program
  • Departmental Liaison Program
  • Research Consultation
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Spaces to study, meet, and socialize
  • Classrooms and viewing rooms
  • Maker Space:
    • Programmable sewing machine, Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits, desktop laser cutters
    • Innovation Club
  • Children's Library

Beyond the library’s collection of books, multimedia, and reference volumes, students can access a wide range of online databases for research. Each academic department has a designated librarian to help students make the most of the library’s resources, and a knowledgeable staff is available during library hours to provide assistance. Town residents are welcome to use the Library. For more information 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, HTML5, 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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