ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.' forefront provider of Koha (www.koha-community.org) support, announced today that the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) in Washington state is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.
The North Central Regional Library houses over 790,000 items and will receive ongoing support and hosting services from ByWater. Their customized catalog can be viewed at: http://ncrl.org.
Chad Roseburg in the Automation Department at NCRL spoke about the library's decision to choose Koha and ByWater Solutions:
"We are excited about using and contributing to an open source web-based ILS. We looked at six different integrated library systems over the past few years and are very happy with our decision to move to Koha in January of 2012. We are one of the largest systems in Washington State and ByWater has been very helpful at getting Koha to meet the needs of our librarians and patrons.
"Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions, commented on ByWater Solutions' newest partner library:
"It's always exciting to have a new partner at ByWater, especially one with as much reach as NCRL. We hope that this introduction to open source to those in the regions that NCRL supports will encourage more use of and participation in open source in the future."
About North Central Regional Library
The Mission of the North Central Regional Library is to promote reading and lifelong learning. The North Central Regional Library district is the largest library district in the state serving Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, and Okanogan counties. The library strives to select from the mass of available materials, and organizes for easy access, those books and related materials which best meet the needs of the service area. The library staff provides guidance and assistance for people to obtain the information they seek. For more information about the North Central Regional Library, please visit: http://ncrl.org
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.
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