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ByWater Solutions

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U.S. Bancorp Tower; 111 SW 5th Avenue 31st Floor
Portland, Oregon 97204
United States
Phone: 888-900-8944
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Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Koha -- ByWater Solutions product logo
Koha -- ByWater Solutions
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FOLIO -- ByWater Solutions product logo
FOLIO -- ByWater Solutions
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Executive Leadership

photo of Brendan A. Gallagher
Brendan A. Gallagher
Co-Owner and Chief Executive Officer
photo of Nathan A. Curulla
Nathan A. Curulla
Co-Owner and Chief Revenue Officer
photo of Joy Nelson
Joy Nelson
President, Koha Division

Company Ownership

ByWater Solutions is privately owned by its founders Brendan A. Gallagher and Nathan A. Curulla.

Personnel employed

[Data source: statistics supplied for the annual Library Systems Report or from public information]

ByWater Solutions 202042845130
ByWater Solutions 201942634127
ByWater Solutions 201832424124
ByWater Solutions 20172203520
ByWater Solutions 201641535120
ByWater Solutions 20154142222
ByWater Solutions 201421434119
ByWater Solutions 201311223014
ByWater Solutions 201231224113
ByWater Solutions 201131233113
ByWater Solutions 20104622015
ByWater Solutions 2009344214

Documents or articles featuring ByWater Solutions

Breeding, Marshall. ByWater Expands Support Offerings to Include Aspen Discovery. December 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter. ByWater Solutions, a company involved in providing services surrounding open source software, has recently expanded its portfolio to include Aspen Discovery. This open source discovery interface based on VuFind was originally developed by Mark Noble. His business, Turning Leaf Technologies, has been acquired by ByWater solutions and Noble now serves as Aspen Discovery Team Lead.

Breeding, Marshall. Virginia Tech Libraries to Implement Koha. March 2018. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The libraries of Virginia Tech University have begun the implementation of the open source Koha integrated library system and the Coral electronic resource management application. Virginia Tech selected ByWater Solutions as its technology partner, not only to provide support services for Koha and Coral, but also to enhance these systems to meet the library's specific needs while offering substantial savings relative to its current environment. The library will migrate from Sierra ILS from Innovative Interfaces, which was implemented in 2011.

Breeding, Marshall. ByWater Solutions to Offer FOLIO Services. March 2018. Smart Libraries Newsletter. ByWater Solutions has become well established as a support services firm for open source library software, primarily for the open source Koha integrated library system. The company announced that it will also offer support for the open source FOLIO library services platform in partnership with EBSCO Information Services. ByWater Solutions will provide services to libraries to implement and support FOLIO hosted on EBSCO's technology infrastructure. EBSCO will also provide data services, such as access to its knowledge base and to EBSCO Discovery Service. ByWater Solutions will also explore using FOLIO microservices and apps to enhance services for its current clients using Koha and other open source components.

Breeding, Marshall. ByWater and Donohue Group To Develop New Advanced Cataloging Module for Koha. April 2014. Smart Libraries Newsletter. A collaborative project between ByWater Solutions, one of the major providers of support services for the open source Koha integrated library system, and Donohue Group Inc. proposes to develop new MARC record editing and management capabilities to support the needs of complex cataloging operations. The Donohue Group will partially fund the development of the new cataloging module, which will be supplemented by funding contributed from ByWater Solutions

Breeding, Marshall. Open Source ILS Continues to Expand. April 2011. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The movement toward open source library automation continues. Recent months have seen many announcements of libraries selecting both Koha and Evergreen to replace proprietary systems. Keeping in mind that proprietary ILS products continue to dominate, both in new selections and in the overall base of installed systems, open source library automation has gained a strong footing in the industry and has become a common option for most types of libraries.

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News Announcements

July 27, 2021. ByWater Solutions partners with Theke Solutions and iii to launch INN-Reach integration with Koha. ByWater Solutions announced that the Koha Open Source ILS now has integration with INN-Reach, a resource-sharing tool from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ByWater Solutions partnered with Theke Solutions and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. to develop the integration between the two platforms.

July 23, 2021. ByWater Solutions announces support of Koha for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support services for Koha ILS for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. Bywater Solutions completed the transition of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine's 3,300+ item records from Sierra to Koha and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

July 23, 2021. ByWater Solutions hosts Open Source Live: Koha Bugsquashing Bonanza. Join the ByWater team and Koha community members for a live event to help the Koha community squash some bugs. We are hosting this event on Tuesday, August 10th at 11am EST- pop in at anytime to join us during this two hour event.

July 23, 2021. ByWater Solutions Joins SEFLIN for 2021 SEFLIN Regional Conference. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that team members will be at the Virtual 2021 SEFLIN Regional Conference Whose Library Is It Anyway: Improvisation in Improbable Times conference. The event will be held virtually on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

July 16, 2021. ByWater Solutions at Colorado Association of Libraries 2021 Annual Conference. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that team members will be at CALCON 2021, Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) Annual Conference. The event will take place in Westminister, Colorado at the Westin from September 9-11.

July 7, 2021. ByWater Solutions Announces Aspen Discovery 21.08.00 Release. Aspen Discovery 21.08 has lots of new features that will help patrons, especially power users, to be more efficient. It also includes numerous changes to make administration easier. Finally, there are some back end changes to enable future performance enhancements and new indexing functionality.

July 2, 2021. Library is Open Podcast with Mark Noble. ByWater Solutions announced its newest session of The Library is Open Podcast! This session features an interview with Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Team Lead at ByWater Solutions. Mark and Jessie talk about the future of open-source discovery, the global community and what's on the roadmap for Aspen Discovery in this episode.

July 2, 2021. Ajax Public Library increases circulation and holds with Aspen Discovery - A Case Study. With three branches to serve the entire community, the Library offers over 500 annual programs and events including workshops, training, book clubs, film screenings and information sessions for toddlers, kids, teens, adults and seniors. With a catalogue collection of over 150,000 items, including books, periodicals, music and movies, the library provides a substantive inventory of both print and digital assets for readers of all skill-sets and ages. Appointed by Ajax Town Council, the Ajax Public Library is governed by a nine member board, including eight citizens and one Councillor.

June 23, 2021. ByWater Solutions announces support of Koha for Santa Fe Public Library. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support services for the Koha ILS for Santa Fe Public Library in New Mexico! Santa Fe Public Library also went live on Aspen Discovery in January 2021.

June 22, 2021. ByWater Solutions announces support of Koha for Motlow State Community College. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support services for Koha ILS for Motlow State Community College in Tennessee. Bywater Solutions completed the transition of Motlow State Community College's 69,000+ items from Alma to Koha and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

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Corporate Chronology

Apr 17, 2009 ByWater Solutions listed as an official Koha support company
ByWater Solutions has been recognized for providing expert open source ILS support by the Koha free library software developer and user community. As a result the newly formed company has been listed as an official pay-for support vendor on

Koha -- ByWater Solutions Satisfaction Ratings

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Annual Accomplishments Statements

[Data source: text supplied for the annual Library Systems Report]

2020 ByWater Solutions Accomplishments Narrative

Although 2020 posed various challenges to both libraries and ILS companies ByWater was still able to achieve tremendous growth for the year. The fact that ByWater has been a web based company for over 12 years definitely helped in terms of business continuity and ensured an interruption free service offering even during the height of the pandemic.

Koha library adoption continues to grow and the project and community celebrated its 20th year in 2020. As part of the festivities, ByWater received the Outstanding Education Award from the Koha Community for our work on training materials and other educational content shared over the past 12 years. As a system, Koha added comprehensive point of sale functionality as well as increased RestAPI features for better integrations with third party systems. Along with our record breaking Koha sales numbers for the year ByWater showed a very strong growth trajectory for Aspen Discovery, bringing on an additional 252 library sites onto the product. ByWater also brought on several new staff members for its Koha and Aspen departments. FOLIO also showed increased adoption and in partnership with EBSCO four libraries went live on FOLIO in 2020.

All in all, despite the many challenges, 2020 was a strong year for ByWater, Koha, FOLIO and Aspen, and we look forward to an even more productive and hopefully pandemic-free 2021!

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