Each month, ByWater Solutions selects one library to be awarded $500. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals.
We are excited to announce our October 2022 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback, the Plum Creek Library System in Minnesota.
The funds will be used to support a mini training conference for staff system wide. This will be an opportunity for staff across the area to share ideas for future library programming and will also serve as a training opportunity for staff on the services currently offered by PCLS.
Elizabeth Hoffman, Director at PCLS, recently commented:
Many of our member libraries are small, and finding affordable training opportunities can be challenging. PCLS brings monthly training sessions to the libraries through in-person and virtual sessions. We would like to expand on our current offerings and host a mini conference for library staff across the area. This event would take place in winter and would be an opportunity to share ideas for future library programming as well as train staff on the services currently offered by PCLS. One topic that we would like to discuss at our conference is our move to Aspen Discovery and the best ways to use that resource. We are planning our mini conference now!"
About the Plum Creek Library System
Public library services have been available in Minnesota for over 150 years. For the past 50 years Regional Public Library Systems have worked to ensure quality library services for every Minnesotan, regardless of physical location. Our region in southwestern Minnesota was the setting of Laura Ingalls Wilder's book ON THE BANKS OF PLUM CREEK from which we take our name.
The Twelve Library Systems work closely together with the State Library Agency to provide smoothly integrated, statewide resources. The Minnesota Reciprocal Borrowing Compact insures users can access collections owned by any library around the state. For example, residents of Tyler in southwestern Minnesota can borrow materials from their local collection of 8,000 items, or they can easily access the over 800,000 items owned by the 26 libraries in the Plum Creek Regional Library System. Any item not owned by a Plum Creek Library can be borrowed from anywhere in the state, expanding the collection size to more than 28,000,000 items, including public, school, academic, and special libraries. Open resource sharing and efficient delivery systems make access to specialized and valuable information possible no matter where in Minnesota you live.
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About the ByWater Community Giveback
We will select one library a month to donate $500 to their Non-profit 501c3 organization such as Friends of the Library, Library Foundation, or other funding entity. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals. We LOVE libraries. Our team is made up of librarians and library fanatics. We're always looking for ways to give back and create opportunities where we can to support libraries. This is a small token of thanks for all the hard work libraries do in their communities every day.
Learn More About the Program and How to Apply.
If you have more questions, please contact: Outreach@bywatersolutions.com
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 https://bywatersolutions.com.