ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Piedmont Public Library of Piedmont, Alabama is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.
ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 20,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Piedmont Public Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://piedmont.bywatersolutions.com/
Tessa Maddox, Director of the Piedmont Public Library, commented on their move to Koha with ByWater:
"We have been using Koha since February 2016 and have not once been sorry! It is streamlined, efficient, easy to use, and Bywater is easy to contact and quick to help with any questions we have. It is also extremely cost effective, which is very important in these days of constantly tightening budgets. We love it!."
Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater also commented on the Library's move to Koha:
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Tessa and the staff of the Piedmont Public Library. Alabama is quickly becoming a hot bed for Koha libraries and speaks to their commitment to the collaborative nature of libraries and open source. We look forward to many successful years of working together."
About the City of Piedmont
The area now known as Piedmont is a community that began in the early 1840's, located at the crossroads of two early post roads. Tradition has it that a hollow stump was used by the mailman to deposit and pick up the mail. This point received the official name of "Hollow Stump." Later a registered post office named "Griffen's Creek" was established by the Postmaster General. On July 30, 1888, the Postal Department renamed the office "Piedmont". The name Piedmont—meaning ‘Foot of the Mountains'—was pleasing to the people who enjoyed being nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range surrounded by the scenic beauty of mountains and streams. The City of Piedmont has prime real estate as well as the infrastructure necessary for industrial and commercial growth.
Piedmont is also home to the Chief Ladiga Trail. The Chief Ladiga Trail is a family oriented pathway that provides a safe, non-motorized way to travel, exercise and relax while enjoying the outdoors. Beautiful scenery such as wetlands, streams, forest, farmland, and a horizon filled with mountains can be enjoyed by all along the trail. The Chief Ladiga Trail and the Silver Comet Trail stretching nearly 100 miles from Anniston, AL to Atlanta, GA marks it as being the longest paved trail in the United States. Great economical and recreational opportunities make Piedmont a great place to work, live, and play.
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/