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ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for SWAN Library Services

Press Release: ByWater Solutions [November 9, 2021]

ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of open-source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and software development services for the Aspen Discovery system for SWAN Library Services.

SWAN and ByWater Solutions, through a development partnership, expanded Aspen Discovery's features. We were very excited to work with SWAN on developing integration with EBSCO Discovery Services and improving Aspen's scalability and stability for such a large library network. Their first round of 42 libraries went live in October 2021 and 58 more will roll out in January 2022 until 100 libraries will all be live on Aspen Discovery!

Aaron Skog, SWAN Executive Director, recently commented:

SWAN has a complex library e-resource arrangement, and the integration of those 2 million electronic resources within the Aspen Discovery record grouping feature helps SWAN's 1.5 million combined library collection blend together in a search display that is seamless and beautiful. We are seeing usage increases already for requested items due to Aspen Discovery's algorithm for suggesting collection titles to library users based on their activity. Library staff are excited to have Aspen's tools for featured collection curation through Browse Categories and Spotlights."

About SWAN

SWAN Library Services is dedicated to bringing 100 libraries in the Chicagoland areas for the purposes of resource sharing and collaboration. They connect a 1.9 million service population with their community library. To this end, SWAN built a shared online public catalog with nearly 8 million items available to library users. This is a unique collection of materials, e-content, and library events. SWAN's strength is founded on providing a common platform of services and promoting collaboration among libraries. Over the past 5 years, the membership of SWAN has grown by 25 libraries.


You can see the following SWAN libraries and their library catalog URL below:

  • Acorn Public Library District
  • Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District
  • Batavia Public Library District
  • Bedford Park Public Library District
  • Beecher Community Library District
  • Bellwood Public Library
  • Bensenville Community Public Library District
  • Tioga Elementary School Library
  • WA Johnson Elementary School Library
  • Blackhawk Middle School
  • Berkeley Public Library
  • Berwyn Public Library
  • Bloomingdale Public Library
  • Blue Island Public Library
  • Bridgeview Public Library
  • Broadview Public Library District
  • Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library
  • Calumet City Public Library
  • Calumet Park Public Library
  • Carol Stream Public Library
  • Chicago Heights Public Library
  • Chicago Ridge Public Library
  • Cicero Public Library
  • Clarendon Hills Public Library
  • Crestwood Public Library District
  • Crete Public Library District
  • Dolton Public Library District
  • Downers Grove Public Library
  • Eisenhower Public Library District
  • Elmwood Park Public Library
  • Evergreen Park Public Library
  • Flossmoor Public Library
  • Forest Park Public Library
  • Frankfort Public Library District
  • Franklin Park Public Library District
  • Geneva Public Library District
  • Glen Ellyn Public Library
  • Glenside Public Library District
  • Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District
  • Grande Prairie Public Library District
  • Green Hills Public Library District
  • Harvey Public Library District
  • Hillside Public Library
  • Hinsdale Public Library
  • Hodgkins Public Library District
  • Homewood Public Library District
  • Indian Prairie Public Library District
  • Itasca Community Library
  • Justice Public Library District
  • Kaneville Public Library District
  • LaGrange Park Public Library District
  • LaGrange Public Library
  • Lansing Public Library
  • Lyons Public Library
  • Bradford Anderson Oglesby Public Library
  • Matteson Area Public Library District
  • Maywood Public Library District
  • McCook Public Library District
  • Melrose Park Public Library
  • Messenger Public Library of North Aurora
  • Midlothian Public Library
  • Nancy L. McConathy Public Library District
  • National University of Health Sciences Learning Resource Center
  • North Riverside Public Library District
  • Northlake Public Library District
  • Oak Brook Public Library
  • Oak Lawn Public Library
  • Oak Park Public Library Main Library
  • Palos Heights Public Library
  • Palos Park Public Library
  • Park Forest Public Library
  • Prairie State College
  • Prairie Trails Public Library District
  • Richton Park Public Library District
  • River Forest Public Library
  • River Grove Public Library District
  • Riverdale Public Library District
  • Riverside Public Library
  • Roselle Public Library District
  • Saint Charles Public Library District
  • Schiller Park Public Library
  • South Holland Public Library
  • Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District
  • Stickney-Forest View Public Library District
  • Sugar Grove Public Library District
  • Summit Public Library District
  • SWAN - System Wide Automation Network
  • The Morton Arboretum Sterling Morton Library
  • Theosophical Society in America Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library
  • Thomas Ford Memorial Library
  • Thornton Public Library
  • Tinley Park Public Library
  • Town and Country Public Library District
  • University Park Public Library District
  • Villa Park Public Library
  • Warrenville Public Library District
  • West Chicago Public Library District
  • Westchester Public Library
  • Westmont Public Library
  • William Leonard Public Library District
  • Wood Dale Public Library District
  • Woodridge Public Library
  • Worth Public Library District

About ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit:

About Aspen Discovery

Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with eContent and other third-party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers. It also improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (record grouping), and much more. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less impact on library budgets.

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Publication Year:2021
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:November 9, 2021
Publisher:ByWater Solutions
Company: ByWater Solutions
Products: Aspen Discovery
Libraries: SWAN Library Services
Subject: System announcements -- installations
Record Number:26827
Last Update:2024-05-23 03:32:11
Date Created:2021-11-09 12:15:22