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Monterey County Free Libraries go live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater support

Press Release: ByWater Solutions [April 4, 2022]

ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Monterey County Free Libraries in California is now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater migrated over 180,000 bib records, 300,000 item records, and over 80,000 patrons.

Hillary Theyer, Director, Monterey County Free Libraries, recently commented:

I very much appreciate the teamwork from the Bywater folks, including adapting to our training options for staff, and working with our current structure that we wanted to preserve going forward. I'm excited for this new chapter in the ILS for Monterey County Free Libraries."

Kris Amaral, Managing Librarian, also commented:

The customer service with the Bywater Team for Aspen and KOHA was A+! We appreciated their time and patience through the migration process! Everyone took the time to answer all our questions and made themselves available to work out the kinks. A big thank you to migration team (Andrew, Morgan, and Valerie) for their support and help through this tedious process!"

About Monterey County Free Libraries

The Mission of Monterey County Free Libraries is to bring ideas, inspiration, information and enjoyment to our community.

Our collection includes a variety of formats including books, books in large print, books on tape, books on CDs, DVDs, videos, newspapers, magazines and electronic resources. We have books in Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean, and magazines and videos in Spanish and Vietnamese. All materials are selected in accordance with the Collection Development Policy.

Our Californiana collection, located at the Prunedale Branch, consists of books on the history of Monterey County and California. Historical photographs, pamphlets, papers and maps are located at the Library Administrative Office in Marina. The photographs have been digitally reproduced and copies can be purchased for a fee. The collection can be viewed by appointment only. Appointments are made according to staff availability. Please call 831-883-7512 to make an appointment or view a sample of the images.

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 the 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 Koha

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.

Koha's OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, 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:2022
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:April 4, 2022
Publisher:ByWater Solutions
Company: ByWater Solutions
Products: Aspen Discovery
Libraries: Monterey County Free Libraries
Record Number:27194
Last Update:2022-08-17 22:39:29
Date Created:2022-04-04 09:57:42