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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
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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]

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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

August 4, 2020. Aspen Discovery Announces 20.11.00 Release and Notes. We are thrilled to work with EBSCO and our partner libraries to introduce support for searching EBSCO EDS within Aspen Discovery. This functionality helps public libraries make effective use of their articles and databases and unifies the search experience for academic libraries. The introduction of this functionality marks a significant new chapter in the evolution of Aspen Discovery.

July 22, 2020. The Pennsylvania Koha Consortium Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Pennsylvania Koha Consortium is now live on Koha! Nine Libraries throughout the state of Pennsylvania form the PKC Group! The member libraries were formerly known as Pennsylvania Millennium Users Group (PAMUG).

July 14, 2020. Aspen Discovery Announces 20.10.00 Release and Notes. Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.10 release is available. This major release includes 28 improvements.

July 8, 2020. School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College is now live on Koha!

July 8, 2020. Carl S. Swisher Library at Jacksonville University Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Carl S. Swisher Library, Jacksonville University is now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the library's 512,000 plus holdings from OCLC and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at

June 29, 2020. Aspen Discovery Announces 20.09.00 Release and Notes. Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.09 release is available. This major release includes 48 improvements.

June 25, 2020. Peacham Library Joins VOKAL with Koha Support from ByWater Solutions. ByWater Solutions announced that VOKAL (Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries) has added Peacham Library to its consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS.

June 15, 2020. Aspen Discovery announces 20.08.00 Release and Notes. Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.08 release is available. This major release includes 63 improvements and 4 performance & reliability fixes.

June 12, 2020. Inclusivity in our Open Source Communities. The Koha community, along with many other companies and open source projects, continue to move towards using inclusive language in their code bases. In the area of gender inclusivity, the Koha community has enhanced the code multiple times to remove gendered code comments and include more neutrality in relation to gender in the patron module.

May 30, 2020. University of Texas Health San Antonio Goes Live on Libki with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, Americaís forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries, in San Antonio Texas is now live on Libki. ByWater completed the transition of the library's cross-platform Open Source computer reservation and time management system 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

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Annual Accomplishments Statements

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

2019 ByWater Solutions Accomplishments Narrative

2019 not only marked the 10 year anniversary of ByWater, it also resulted in tremendous growth for the company. Along with our record breaking sales numbers for the year, both in value and in the size of new libraries signed, ByWater rolled out two new products, the FOLIO LSP and Aspen Discovery, and hired staff to fill position in two new divisions within the company.

Our partnership with EBSCO to be their implementation and support company for FOLIO systems in the USA offered tremendous growth potential within ByWater, and the purchase of Turning Leaf Technologies and the hiring of Mark Noble to support Aspen Discovery entered ByWater into the Discovery niche. Aspen is already taking off and we have brought on 4 new libraries, one being a large consortium in Colorado. We see great potential for this productís adoption rate.

Koha has also grown by leaps and bounds, with hundreds of new features added to the system and the application of Elastic as the search engine opens up many new possibilities for the project. We have also drastically expanded Kohaís RestAPI functionality, making it even easier to connect to 3rd party products than before. Koha is also very close to having native ILL functionality with other separate Koha systems, and we are in the process of testing that feature with many of our partners. We see Koha taking on more and more market share within the library technology realm and it is showing no sign of slowing down, with many new libraries lining up for the 2020 migration schedule.

All in all 2019 was a tremendous year for ByWater, Koha, FOLIO and Aspen, and we look forward to an even more productive 2020!

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