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ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for SWAN Library Services

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of open-source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and software development services for the Aspen Discovery system for SWAN Library Services.

SWAN and ByWater Solutions, through a development partnership, expanded Aspen Discovery’s features. We were very excited to work with SWAN on developing integration with EBSCO Discovery Services and improving Aspen’s scalability and stability for such a large library network. Their first round of 42 libraries went live in October 2021 and 58 more will roll out in January 2022 out until 100 libraries will all be live on Aspen Discovery!

Aaron Skog, SWAN Executive Director, recently commented, "SWAN has a complex library e-resource arrangement, and the integration of those 2 million electronic resources within the Aspen Discovery record grouping feature helps SWAN’s 1.5 million combined library collection blend together in a search display that is seamless and beautiful. We are seeing usage increases already for requested items due to Aspen Discovery’s algorithm for suggesting collection titles to library users based on their activity. Library staff are excited to have Aspen’s tools for featured collection curation through Browse Categories and Spotlights."

About SWAN
SWAN Library Services is dedicated to bringing 100 libraries in the Chicagoland areas for the purposes of resource sharing and collaboration. We connect a 1.9 million service population with their community library. To this end, SWAN built a shared online public catalog with nearly 8 million items available to library users. This is a unique collection of materials, e-content, and library events. SWAN’s strength is founded on providing a common platform of services and promoting collaboration among libraries. Over the past 5 years, the membership of SWAN has grown by 25 libraries.


You can see the following SWAN libraries and their library catalog URL below:

Acorn Public Library District
Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District
Batavia Public Library District
Bedford Park Public Library District
Beecher Community Library District
Bellwood Public Library
Bensenville Community Public Library District
Tioga Elementary School Library
WA Johnson Elementary School Library
Blackhawk Middle School
Berkeley Public Library
Berwyn Public Library
Bloomingdale Public Library
Blue Island Public Library
Bridgeview Public Library
Broadview Public Library District
Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library
Calumet City Public Library
Calumet Park Public Library
Carol Stream Public Library
Chicago Heights Public Library
Chicago Ridge Public Library
Cicero Public Library
Clarendon Hills Public Library
Crestwood Public Library District
Crete Public Library District
Dolton Public Library District
Downers Grove Public Library
Eisenhower Public Library District
Elmwood Park Public Library
Evergreen Park Public Library
Flossmoor Public Library
Forest Park Public Library
Frankfort Public Library District
Franklin Park Public Library District
Geneva Public Library District
Glen Ellyn Public Library
Glenside Public Library District
Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District
Grande Prairie Public Library District
Green Hills Public Library District
Harvey Public Library District
Hillside Public Library
Hinsdale Public Library
Hodgkins Public Library District
Homewood Public Library District
Indian Prairie Public Library District
Itasca Community Library
Justice Public Library District
Kaneville Public Library District
LaGrange Park Public Library District
LaGrange Public Library
Lansing Public Library
Lyons Public Library
Bradford Anderson Oglesby Public Library
Matteson Area Public Library District
Maywood Public Library District
McCook Public Library District
Melrose Park Public Library
Messenger Public Library of North Aurora
Midlothian Public Library
Nancy L. McConathy Public Library District
National University of Health Sciences Learning Resource Center
North Riverside Public Library District
Northlake Public Library District
Oak Brook Public Library
Oak Lawn Public Library
Oak Park Public Library Main Library
Palos Heights Public Library
Palos Park Public Library
Park Forest Public Library
Prairie State College
Prairie Trails Public Library District
Richton Park Public Library District
River Forest Public Library
River Grove Public Library District
Riverdale Public Library District
Riverside Public Library
Roselle Public Library District
Saint Charles Public Library District
Schiller Park Public Library
South Holland Public Library
Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District
Stickney-Forest View Public Library District
Sugar Grove Public Library District
Summit Public Library District
SWAN - System Wide Automation Network
The Morton Arboretum Sterling Morton Library
Theosophical Society in America Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Thornton Public Library
Tinley Park Public Library
Town and Country Public Library District
University Park Public Library District
Villa Park Public Library
Warrenville Public Library District
West Chicago Public Library District
Westchester Public Library
Westmont Public Library
William Leonard Public Library District
Wood Dale Public Library District
Woodridge Public Library
Worth Public Library District
About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit:

About Aspen Discovery
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with eContent and other third-party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers. It also improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (record grouping), and much more. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less impact on library budgets.

For more information about Aspen please visit:
For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions

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