ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Plumas County Library System of Plumas County, CA. is now live on their official Koha integrated library system.
Plumas County Library and the Open Source-Open Libraries Consortium have partnered with ByWater Solutions for their Koha implementation. The library system's Koha installation will be moved into the NorthNet union catalog which will be made up of several Northern California libraries who have chosen to move to Koha with support and implementation services provided by ByWater. The Plumas County Library System is made up of four branches located in Quincy, Chester, Greenville, and Portola.
Margaret Miles, County Librarian of the Plumas County Library, commented on their move to Koha and ByWater Solutions:
"I am not a techie, and we were able to accomplish the migration with technical assistance provided by ByWater Solutions. They were great at explaining everything to us in English, answering our questions and keeping us on schedule. Cheryl Gould from InfoPeople provided us with a great all-day all-staff training one month before we went live, and ByWater gave us a test database with our own data so we could practice and experiment during the month."
She continues: "Plumas County Library started investigating migrating to Koha because the North Net Cooperative Library System obtained a grant that would pay our migration costs and the first year of support. With support costs on our current system threatening to sink us, I was all in favor of finding a cheaper alternative. The crucial factor was determining if Koha could do everything we needed it to do."
Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: "We are excited to be one step closer to forming the collaborative NorthNet Catalog. Margaret and the staff of Plumas have been a joy to work with during this process and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with Plumas and the other NorthNet Libraries"
About the Plumas County Library
The Plumas County Library provides free access to printed, audio-visual and electronic forms of in- formation, and educates the community as to the uses and value of resources. Serving as a gateway to knowledge beyond its collection, the Library is a reflection of the community, a gathering of its knowledge, culture and information. The Plumas County Library System is made up of four branches located in Quincy, Chester, Greenville, and Portola. For more information please visit: http://plumascounty.us/index.aspx?nid=546
About Open Source-Open Libraries
Open Source – Open Libraries is a consortia of libraries, library systems, and other organizations committed to pursuing Open Source Software alternatives for libraries. The primary focus of the project is on Open Source Library Systems as potential replacements for commercial, proprietary integrated library systems (ILS). The goal is to empower libraries and library consortia by encouraging participation and collaboration in software products generally, and encouraging them to consider an Open Source Library System such as Koha or Evergreen. Just as libraries provide opportunities for people to empower themselves, Open Source Software provides an opportunity for libraries to empower themselves by asserting more control over the software tools used to run their libraries. The project is funded by member contributions combined with support from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information please visit: http://opensource.califa.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
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions' clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: http://www.bywatersolutions.com