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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
Web site: http://bywatersolutions.com/
Email: sales@bywatersolutions.com

Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Koha -- ByWater Solutions product logo
Koha -- ByWater Solutions
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FOLIO -- 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 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]

CompanyYearDevelopmentSupportSalesAdminOtherTotal
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

December 3, 2021. ByWater Solutions presents with Pioneer Library Consortium for NCompass Live. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they joined Pioneer Library Consortium for an outreach presentation on NCompass Live, a weekly broadcast hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission. The Pioneer Library Consortium is currently migrating to Koha ILS and Aspen Discovery.


December 1, 2021. Montgomery County Public Libraries go live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland is now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater migrated over 2 million item records from Symphony.


November 29, 2021. ByWater Solutions joins koha-US for Giving Tuesday. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they will be joining koha-US for Giving Tuesday. The koha-US Education Committee will be holding a 2-hour YouTube Livestream on November 30th starting at 9:00am PST (Noon EST, 17:00 UTC)


November 17, 2021. ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Rapid City Public Library. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Rapid City Public Library in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Rapid City Public Library has been a Koha and ByWater partner since 2015.


November 16, 2021. ByWater Solutions launches Aspen LiDA App. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of open-source library technology support, announced that they have launched Aspen LiDA (pronounced Lee-dah; Library Discovery App), a companion app to Aspen Discovery. Aspen Discovery provides a simple and powerful way for patrons to find exactly what they are looking for in their library's catalog. Now with Aspen LiDA, they have access wherever they are. We believe that patrons deserve a better way to discover all the amazing resources that libraries offer, and with Aspen LiDA, everything is in the palm of their hands.


November 11, 2021. ByWater Solutions announces Support of Aspen Discovery for McKinney Public Libraries. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for McKinney Public Libraries in McKinney, Texas. McKinney Public Libraries has been a Koha and ByWater partner since 2016.


November 11, 2021. Bossier Parish Libraries goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Bossier Parish Libraries are now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the library's over 220,000 bibs from Library.Solution and continues to provide support services for Koha.


November 10, 2021. ByWater Solutions Announces Aspen Discovery 21.14.00 Release. This release features a lot of backend and infrastructure work to Aspen Discovery to increase scalability and real time monitoring of everyone's systems. This backend work may not offer the glitz and glamor of some of our other releases, but we are excited to see how these proactive processes better support our Aspen partners. We have found with this release that indexing is quicker, as some of our partners have millions of records. We made the ability to more easily identify deleted records in Overdrive more streamlined. Additionally, we made several ILS-specific improvements since Aspen Discovery is ILS-agnostic and supports a variety of partner needs.


November 10, 2021. ByWater Solutions announces the Open Opportunities webinar series. Are you looking for a more flexible and affordable ILS? Are you interested in all the buzz surrounding discovery layers? Then, we have solutions for you! Attend any or all of the upcoming webinars with ByWater Solutions to learn more about Koha ILS and/or Aspen Discovery.


November 9, 2021. ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for SWAN Library Services. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of open-source library technology support, announced that they are providing support and software development services for the Aspen Discovery system for SWAN Library Services.


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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.org.

Koha -- ByWater Solutions Satisfaction Ratings

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Annual Accomplishments Statements

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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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