Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive


March 1, 2024

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions at the 2024 Joint Utah and Mountain Plains Conference. ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that team members will be at the joint Utah Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association Conference in Salt Lake City Utah. The joint conference will be held from May 8-10 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. [Full Announcement].

February 28, 2024

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Announces the CommunityGiftED Series. Are you looking to connect with other staff and librarians to enhance your knowledge of all THINGS Koha? Community GiftED is an initiative that allows librarians to learn from each other and give back to their fellow partners. With webinars and sessions taught by experienced Koha Partners, you'll have the opportunity to expand your skills and network with like-minded professionals. Get ready to embark on a journey of growth and collaboration in just 30-minute sessions. [Full Announcement].

February 26, 2024

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions at the 2024 Joint Maryland and Delaware Library Association Conference. ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that team members will be at the joint Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. The joint conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. [Full Announcement].

February 23, 2024

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions contributions to Koha - February 2024. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced the contributions to the Koha Community code from the ByWater Development team. At ByWater, we believe transparency is the key to success. We submit all developments, plugins, tools, and documentation we create back to the Koha Community. [Full Announcement].

February 20, 2024

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces February 2024 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 February 2024 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback, the Nesmith Library in New Hampshire. [Full Announcement].

February 14, 2024

ByWater Solutions The 24.02 release of Aspen Discovery and Aspen LiDA includes more than 100 updates for libraries including Palace Project integration for Discovery, event integration for LiDA, and so much more. Aspen LiDA now includes full integration with the same functionality and library event platforms that Aspen Discovery supports including Attend from Communico, LibCal from Springshare, and Library Calendar from Library Market. In addition to searching for and viewing all event details, patrons can also save events to their accounts. Event integration is managed through Aspen Discovery, so there's no additional setup needed to get Discovery events in LiDA. Our academic libraries should check out our Summon integration and the ability to export users lists and search results in RIS for citations. There are additional enhancements to Archives, lots of specific ILS integration updates, and many more small features and tweaks suggested by our partners. [Full Announcement].

February 4, 2024

ByWater Solutions Austin Seminary and Seminary of the Southwest are live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Austin Seminary and Seminary of the Southwest, both located in Austin, Texas, are now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 185,000 titles from the Voyager ILS product from ExLibris. [Full Announcement].

January 29, 2024

ByWater Solutions Ranger College Library is live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Ranger College, in Texas, is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 11,000 titles from EOS.Web ILS. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions and the Quipu Group announce the integration of eRENEW with Aspen Discovery. ByWater Solutions announced that integration of eRENEW with Aspen Discovery and Quipu is available. Patrons of libraries who use Quipu's eRENEW and Aspen Discovery can enjoy seamless library card renewals right from their online library accounts. [Full Announcement].

January 26, 2024

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Contributions to Koha Community for January 2024. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced the contributions to the Koha Community code from the ByWater Development team. At ByWater, we believe transparency is the key to success. We submit all developments, plugins, tools, and documentation we create back to the Koha Community. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Hagerstown Community College is live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Hagerstown Community College, William M. Brish Library, in Maryland, is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 10,000 titles from Horizon, ILS. [Full Announcement].

January 17, 2024

ByWater Solutions Panhandle Public Library Cooperative goes live on Aspen Discovery with ByWater Solutions Support. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System in Florida. PPLCS is an existing open source ByWater Partner with Koha as their ILS. Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System supports public libraries in Calhoun, Holmes, and Jackson counties in Florida. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions The Aspen Discovery and LiDA 24.01 release starts the year off with a bang that includes ecommerce, support for external links, and a new locations design for LiDA. Several new features were added to LiDA this month. With the new eCommerce support patrons can go directly to the fines page in Discovery from the My Account drawer in LiDA to pay their fines without ever leaving the app. The ability for LiDA to link to any external website from the “More” screen allows libraries to further customize the user experience and provide more information to their patrons through the app. [Full Announcement].

December 29, 2023

ByWater Solutions Mass Maritime Academy Library joins HELM and ByWater Solutions' Koha Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts, an association of Massachusetts college libraries in public higher education has added Mass Maritime Academy Library to their HELM catalog. ByWater completed the transition of the Academys' 21,000 plus holdings from Horizon and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Citrus Libraries. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the Citrus Libraries in Florida. Citrus Libraries is an existing Koha Partner supported ByWater Solutions. [Full Announcement].

December 21, 2023

ByWater Solutions Koha Community announces 23.11 Release. The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open-source library system, announced last month that the Koha 23.11 release is available. Koha 23.11 is a major release, that includes 10 new features, 330 enhancements, 573 bugfixes. Y [Full Announcement].

December 20, 2023

ByWater Solutions The 23.12 release for Aspen Discovery and LiDA includes improvements to relevancy and more for LiDA with linked accounts as part of the 80+ new enhancements. As larger consortiums use Aspen, we've identified a need to update the relevancy to take into account the many dozens of editions a consortium might have of the same title. We've also made improvements to title searches to better take series titles into account. For sorting, we've made some smaller updates such as ignoring econtent when doing call number sorts and making sure that we're always ignoring articles for title sorting no matter the source of the content. This month saw LiDA adding a few final features and notifications to make sure that all functionality for Aspen Linked Accounts is included in LiDA and synced with a patron's use of Aspen Discovery. LiDA also moved loading of patron languages to on-demand to improve loading performance. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces December 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 December 2023 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback, the Arcadia Public Library in California. The funds will be used to support the purchase of Chinese language materials and supplies for the library's 3D printer. [Full Announcement].

December 19, 2023

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions collaborates with EBSCO to enhance Koha integration. ByWater Solution collaborated with EBSCO Information Service on a development aimed at helping Koha libraries. Libraries using the Koha Open Source ILS are now able to use new functionality to streamline the acquisitions process. The EDIFACT Invoice Plug-In for EBSCO Journals, which allows Koha systems to fully integrate with EBSCO Journals, will now facilitate loading EDI Invoices into Koha. [Full Announcement].

December 11, 2023

ByWater Solutions Westlake Porter Public Library is live on Koha and Aspen Discovery with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Westlake Porter Public Library in Ohio is now live on the Koha ILS with Aspen Discovery and ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 155,000 bibliographic records from the Symphony ILS with ByWater Solutions providing the library with customized implementation and training for their open source solutions. [Full Announcement].

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