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Smart Libraries Newsletter [January 2016]


Open source ILS products now constitute a routine part of the library automation industry. As much as 20 percent of the automation systems deployed in small and medium-sized public libraries are based on open source software. Percentages in the academic sector are smaller, but growing. In recent weeks, additional libraries have announced selections for two open source ILS products previously covered in Smart Libraries Newsletter, Koha, and Invenio.

The open source Invenio platform offered by TIND was recently selected by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library. This library will use Invenio to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon ILS and its repository based on DSpace. The library expects to use Invenio to manage a collection of documents that will eventually approach 10 million items. TIND and the Invenio platform and its adoption by Caltech were featured in the August 2015 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter. The Caltech library migrated from Millennium to Invenio hosted and supported by TIND Technologies in September 2015.

Koha continues to see many new adoptions globally. In the US, most libraries implementing Koha do so with migration, installation, support, and hosting provided through a commercial services firm. ByWater Solutions has become established as the leading Koha support provider in the US. Among the library clients, ByWater Solutions has announced are:

  • Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library of Clayton in North Carolina, withdrawing from the county-wide Polaris of the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield.
  • Elftman Memorial Library of Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont, migrating from Library- World.
  • Olivet University in California, shifting to ByWater for support from an independent implementation.
  • Lantana Public Library in Florida, migrating from a Follett Athena.
  • Uintah Basin Library System in Utah, a three-library system migrating from Follett Destiny and SirsiDynix Symphony.
  • Lansing Community Library in Kansas, joining the Northeast Kansas Library System shared implementation, migrating from Follett Circulation Plus.
  • Nine additional libraries join the Catamount Library Network in Vermont, bringing the total to 13.

ByWater Solutions issues announcements almost weekly regarding new libraries that it has engaged for its Koha support services. While each announcement may not make headlines, the cumulative impact has resulted in a substantial customer base. The database in Library Technology Guides currently documents 625 library organizations spanning 996 libraries using Koha supported via ByWater Solutions. Its customers are mostly small or medium-sized libraries, but some of these participate in relatively large consortial implementations. In addition to providing support for Koha, ByWater Solutions is an active participant in its global community of developers.

Two of the largest systems contracting for support with ByWater Solutions are the Northeast Kansas Library System and the Plano Independent School District.

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Publication Year:2016
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 36 Number 01
Issue:January 2016
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Record Number:21520
Last Update:2022-12-05 15:13:20
Date Created:2016-04-21 07:20:55