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Bossier Parish Libraries Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Bossier Parish Libraries are now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library’s over 220,000 bibs from Library.Solution and continues to provide support services for Koha.

The catalog can be viewed here: https://catalog.bossierlibrary.org/

Teresa Rice, Associate Director of Technical Services, recently commented, "We are most excited by the OPAC. We were immediately impressed with the look of our online catalog. It far exceeded any expectation. Our catalog is such an important part of our relationship with our community and representational of who we are and what we offer. As we have used the catalog more and are getting settled in, we are also seeing how easy it is for our community to access and use. Our catalog now properly reflects our branding and blends seamlessly with our website. There are so many features in the new catalog. Our community will have so much more available to them to manage their library accounts. Now our community will have a more complete picture of all the materials we have to offer by being able to see our electronic materials offered from OverDrive and hoopla from a simple keyword search by using the integrated API. Our chat feature has also been integrated into our catalog to help our borrowers navigate using the catalog or accessing their account. Some of the koha features that we most look forward to implementing in the near future are patron clubs and homebound services. Pretty much every request we have made to our Bywater koha support team has been received enthusiastically and implemented. We look forward to growing and expanding with our new ILS."

About Bossier Parish Libraries
Bossier Parish Libraries, located in Northwest Louisiana, has seven locations and a History Center. Their mission is to enrich, educate, and inspire our community by providing unique and welcoming physical and virtual environments in which open thought, innovation, and the sharing of ideas are encouraged. Their vision is to support the changing needs of Bossier Parish by being a safe and inviting haven for all, fostering education and literacy, encouraging personal growth, inspiring curiosity, and building connections that strengthen our community.

Read more: https://www.bossierlibrary.org/

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 the 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 https://bywatersolutions.com.

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 http://koha-community.org.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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