ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and provider of Koha support, announced today that eight of their library partners joined forces to bring Overdrive search integration to Koha.
The libraries collaborating on this effort include:
- Arcadia Public Library, Arcadia, CA
- Chinook Library Network, Newport, OR
- Lopez Island Library, Lopez Island, WA
- Los Gatos Public Library, Los Gatos, CA
- Roseville Public Library, Roseville, CA
- Texas Library Consortium, Texas
- Waterford Township Public Library, Atco, NJ
- Wiggin Memorial Library, Stratham, NH
The Overdrive Integration Development allows libraries subscribing to Overdrive to integrate results from their eBook collection directly into their Koha search results. This direct connection between Koha and Overdrive will make it easier for patrons to find the digital resources they want at the library and will be in the Koha 3.14 release later this year. ByWater will also be working to integrate with other ebook vendors later this year in an effort to make Koha a more unified catalog for e-resources.
Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: "We love seeing our partners work together to improve Koha for the worldwide community. This effort by libraries of all sizes has added a much desired feature to Koha that will benefit anyone who upgrades to Koha 3.14. We find that libraries worldwide are in need of a more integrated product for their e-resources and this development is the first step in that direction for Koha."
A brief demo of the Overdrive integrated functionality can be found here: http://vimeo.com/68721178
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.
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle (U.S. only). OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland. For more information about Overdrive, please visit: www.overdrive.com.
About ByWater Solutions
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of the enterprise class open source library system, Koha. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions' clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: http://www.bywatersolutions.com