ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Nunavut Public Library Services, made up of 11 community libraries spread across Nunavut's three regions: Kitikmeot, Kivalliq, and Qikiqtani, is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.
ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the eleven Libraries' more than 80,000 items earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library using ByWater's Canadian based hosting facility. The Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://catalogue.publiclibraries.nu.ca/
Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater commented on their partnership with NPLS:
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the staff and patrons of the Nunavut Public Library Services. With Koha we will be bringing improved functionality to the library users and staff at an affordable price and we are happy to be part of this transition. The feedback we have gotten from library staff has all been very positive and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with then!
About the Nunavut Public Library Services
Created in 1999, Nunavut is the newest Canadian territory. It is both the least populated and the largest of the provinces and territories in Canada. Nunavut's geography spans over 2.2 million square kilometres (three times the size of Texas!), with an estimated population of approximately 36,000 people residing in 25 communities organized into 3 regions with 3 different time zones.Nunavut Public Library Services (NPLS) is the division of the Government of Nunavut (GN) empowered to provide resources for the eleven public libraries located in the Territory. NPLS is part of the Department of Culture and Heritage.
In 2006, Nunavut Public Library Services opened its new office and distribution facility in Baker Lake which has a full-time staff of five. NPLS also continues to operate the Iqaluit Centennial Library, which is the busiest public library in Nunavut, and has two full-time and two part-time staff. Support is currently provided to eleven community libraries located in all three regions of the territory. These libraries vary program and resource offerings according to the needs and aspirations expressed by members of the community. Part of the support provided by NPLS is a single catalog for the NPLS collection housed in the eleven branches. For more information please visit: http://www.publiclibraries.nu.ca/about.html
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 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 to support Koha 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/