ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Bedford Public Library, of Bedford, Texas is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library's 100,000 plus holdings from Millennium earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The Library's customized online Koha catalog can be viewed at: https://catalog.bedfordlibrary.org/
Libraries migrating from the major traditional proprietary ILSes to Koha from ByWater typically save an average of 49% on their annual ILS costs. Maria Redburn, Director of the Library stated that "switching to Koha saved the Bedford Public Library $32,000.00 annually"
"The savings we are providing for public libraries in the US are substantial" stated Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater. He continues: "with the money saved, many libraries invest some of the savings back into the software to create new features that all Koha users in the world will have access to. Either that or they can use this money for new programs or additional hires, ultimately leading to a happier patron base. We are thrilled to facilitate these savings. "
About the Bedford Public Library
The Bedford Public Library is a vibrant, state-of-the-art facility that has become a popular destination for its citizens. The Library is open 7 days a week for a total of 59 hours. The Library collection includes over 100,000 items including adult and children's classics, modern best sellers, paperbacks, magazines, DVDs, music CDs and audio books. The Information Services Division prides itself on answering questions using authoritative services and educating patrons in how to use these resources. The Library acts as a bridge for the digital divide by providing public computers, online databases, ebooks, free wireless Internet access and computer classes. The Youth Services Division seeks to instill a passion for reading and learning in the children in our community. A host of program opportunities, including toddler and preschool story times, Mother Goose story time, Library Buddies teen tutoring, Bookworms book club and various adult programs are offered. The library continues to search for new and better ways to provide services and to involve itself in the community. For more information please visit: http://www.bedfordlibrary.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 Koha 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 for Koha support 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/