ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, of Allen Park, MI. has partnered with them for the installation and support of the official Koha integrated library system.
Matthew Gass, Assistant Librarian at the Seminary commented on their decision to migrate from their Voyager system to Koha supported by ByWater Solutions;
"We concluded that the open source community was producing a product now mature enough to meet our needs. Once we became confident in the support being provided from ByWater and that the open source project was moving in a direction that is addressing the needs and desires of academic libraries, the decision became simple: we’re getting more than our money’s worth."
He continues; "The conversations with ByWater associates during the sales process was positive overall. The expressed an interest and commitment to their customers. This was reinforced by overwhelmingly positive feedback from ByWater’s current customers."
"This is an exciting time for ByWater, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, and Open Source," stated Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions. He continued; "By choosing Koha, DBTS is taking control of their software and improving their services to their faculty and staff. We are all very excited about this new partnership."
The library collection’s main holdings consist of more than 40,000 monographs, reference works, scholarly dissertations, and bound volumes of periodicals. The library currently has paid subscriptions to about 270 print periodicals (including more than 170 indexed religious journals) and about 100 electronic journals, all of which keep students abreast of current biblical, theological, historical, and practical research.
The Detroit Theological Seminary’s library is on track to go live at the beginning of August, 2010.
About the Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary Library
Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary Library exists to glorify God and to serve the Seminary by making available an excellent, comprehensive, current and balanced collection of quality academic resources, commensurate with the Seminary’s philosophy, in order to produce and develop incisive students and teachers of God’s Word. For more information, please visit: www.dbts.edu.
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
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. 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: www.bywatersolutions.com