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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)

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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

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

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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

June 29, 2022. Spalding University live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Spalding University Library is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 21,000 items and over 10,000 borrowers.

June 29, 2022. ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for SEFLIN. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) in Florida. The four libraries that went live on Aspen Discovery are the Boynton Beach City Library, the Delray Beach Public Library, the Lake Park Public Library, and the Palm Springs Public Library.

June 23, 2022. ByWater Solutions announces June 2022 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 June 2022 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback is the Morristown Centennial Library in Morrisville, Vermont. The funds will be used for summer library outreach events, including pop-up storytimes at the local farmer's market, Books at the Beach, a nighttime market event, and more!

June 16, 2022. William James College live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the William James College Library is live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 5,000 items and over 1200 borrowers.

June 16, 2022. Cleveland University Kansas City Live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Cleveland University Kansas City Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of 13,000 items and over 1500 borrowers.

June 13, 2022. Koha Community announces 22.05 Release. The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open-source library system, announced last month that the Koha 22.05 release is available. This major release includes 6 new features, 239 enhancements, 360 bugfixes.

June 8, 2022. ByWater Solutions Announces Aspen Discovery 22.06.00 Release. Aspen now has much more elegant support for languages and grouped works, greatly improving how patrons search for titles and formats in a specific language and how librarians build language-specific lists, browse categories, and showcases. We're also now providing integration with EBSCOhost through our Articles and Databases search.

June 6, 2022. Memphis University School goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Memphis University School Joseph R. Hyde, Jr. Library Learning Center is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of 36,000 plus bibliographic records.

June 6, 2022. ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for North Olympic Library System. ByWater Solutions announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the North Olympic Library System in Washington.

June 6, 2022. ByWater Solutions exhibit presentations at ALA 2022. ByWater Solutions announced the schedule for exhibit presentations at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The conference will take place from June 2427! The event will be held at the Walter E Convention Center.

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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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2021 ByWater Solutions Accomplishments Narrative

2021 saw another historic growth rate for ByWater. Aspen Discovery business has more than doubled and we now support 570 libraries during the 2 years we have supported this product. More non-Koha libraries adopted Aspen in 2021 than already existing Koha institutions. Koha has seen significant growth as well, both with our typical library types as well as with much larger institutions when paired with Aspen Discovery. We were proud to successfully bring up the Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland on both Koha and Aspen. The library system circulates 11 million titles per year and represents the largest circulating library utilizing Koha in the United States. ByWater also brought on an additional 5 team members to aid in the support of both Koha and Aspen during 2021 and is poised to hire several more team members next year.

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