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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

Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Koha -- ByWater Solutions product logo
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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 Jessie Zario
Jessie Zario
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
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

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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

March 29, 2023. Nevada Library Cooperative chooses ByWater Solutions. ByWater Solutions announced that the Nevada Library Cooperative has selected Koha and Aspen Discovery powered by ByWater Solutions. Their system includes 41 sites throughout the State of Nevada, and they are excited to make the move and partner with ByWater.

March 28, 2023. ByWater Solutions Welcomes Lauren Conley. ByWater Solutions announced that Lauren Conley has joined the ByWater Solutions Aspen Discovery team. Lauren has a BA in International Studies from The Ohio State University and an MLIS from Kent State University. She grew up in Ohio, spending most of her time reading and then realized becoming a librarian would be a good fit (after she swore never to return to school again). After moving to Colorado, she worked for a library consortium, serving public, school, community college, and correctional libraries across the state.

March 28, 2023. ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Prosper Community Library. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the Prosper Community Library in Texas. The Prosper Community Library has been an existing ByWater Solutions Partner using Koha ILS and they have added Aspen Discovery as their discovery layer.

March 28, 2023. ByWater Solutions announces March 2023 Community Giveback Winner. 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. The March 2023 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback, the Benbrook Public Library in Texas.

March 25, 2023. Spring into Fitness: Koha Community Challenge. ByWater Solutions has partnered with koha-US for another Community Challenge! This is a great way for the open source community to come together, move, and raise money for a good cause. Walk, Jog, Run, Swim, Bike, Hike, Yoga, Dance- whatever your activity of choice is-come join us for this community challenge! Be part of the open-source community sharing your daily activities, photos, and words of wisdom

March 20, 2023. ByWater Solutions welcomes Lisette Scheer. ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open-Source library technology support, announced that Lisette Scheer joined the ByWater Solutions Implementation team.

March 16, 2023. Amherst County Public Library is live on Koha and Aspen Discovery with ByWater Solutions. ByWater Solutions announced that the The Amherst County Public Library in Virginia is now live on Koha and Aspen Discovery with ByWater support and hosting services. ByWater completed the migration of over 71,000 bibliographic records and 96,000 item records.

March 15, 2023. The Aspen 23.03 release adds searchable facets, support for Koha 22.11 and 75+ total partner requested updates. This month's Aspen release is chockablock full of partner requested updates starting with the ability for patrons to search within facets. Needing to know both that advanced search exists and how to use it is a big barrier to your average public library patron. Now that Aspen has searching within facets, it's a lot easier for patrons to pinpoint exactly what they're looking for using the facets they're already familiar with.

March 13, 2023. ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Franklin County Libraries. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Franklin County Library System in Pennsylvania.

March 10, 2023. ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Pasco County Libraries. ByWater Solution announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Pasco County Libraries in Florida.

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Corporate Chronology

Nov 07, 2019 ByWater Solutions expands services to include Aspen Discovery
ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they have acquired Turning Leaf Technologies and will be providing implementation, support, hosting and development services to the Aspen Open Source Discovery system. Mark Noble the founder of both the Pika and Aspen Discovery systems, has joined the ByWater family as the Aspen Discovery Team Lead and users will benefit from his 10 plus years of experience in developing, managing and supporting Discovery systems for Public, Academic and School Libraries.

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

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Annual Accomplishments Statements

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2022 ByWater Solutions Accomplishments Narrative

2022 was another huge growth year for ByWater, with record breaking new sales of both Koha and Aspen! We are starting to see much larger institutions adopt Koha and Aspen and this momentum is carrying us into 2023. Big wins for ByWater in 2022 included the Cape Libraries Materials Sharing consortium (CLAMS) which represents all of the libraries in the Cape Cod MA area, Ocean State Libraries, which is comprised of all of the public libraries in the State of Rhode Island and Cuyahoga County Public Libraries, which is a very well known large county system in Ohio. We had several Aspen libraries sign on with ByWater as well. In addition to those who purchased Aspen alongside Koha, Like CLAMS, OSL and Cuyahoga, ByWater also partnered with several non-Koha libraries including the Wyoming State Library’s WYLDCat, Ramapo Catskill Library System, the Franklin County Library System, Spokane County Libraries, Mountain View Public Library, and the Westchester Library System. ByWater also brought on a total of 5 new team members and added dozens of new features and improvements to both Koha and Aspen. We continue to improve and upgrade our infrastructure and server environments to stay ahead of the current technology environment as well.

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