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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)

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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 Michael Kucsak
Michael Kucsak
Chief Operating Officer
photo of Jessie Zario
Jessie Zario
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
photo of Jordan Fields
Jordan Fields
Head of Aspen
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Brian Pichman
Head of Support

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

April 18, 2024. Koha Community Challenge 2024. 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.

April 18, 2024. ByWater Solutions at the Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference 2024. 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 Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference 2024 from May 22-23 in Providence, Rhode Island.

April 17, 2024. The Aspen 24.04 release brings improvements to econtent integrations for Discovery and better permissions management for the LiDA library app.. Although Aspen has had the ability to support children's catalogs for close to a decade, scoping econtent by age group for audience-specific interfaces wasn't available for every econtent provider. Now that econtent vendors are reliably providing data on age appropriateness, we've added controls so that all econtent can be included in children's catalogs

April 15, 2024. ByWater Solutions at 2024 New Jersey Library Association 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 2024 New Jersey Library Association Conference from May 29-31 at Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

March 28, 2024. Palace Project integration is now available in Aspen LiDA with the 24.03 Aspen release. Users of Aspen LiDA can now discover and check out library materials from the Palace Project! This econtent integration works in the same way as other econtent integrations such as Libby and Hoopla. When a title is available from the Palace Project, users get a button to check out the title from the Palace Project specifically. You can also use filters to narrow any search results down to only include Palace Project titles. Any titles you check out can be accessed from your account in LiDA.

March 28, 2024. ByWater Solutions to present at All Things Open Week 2024. Jessica Zairo, Director of Library Sales and Outreach at ByWater Solutions, will present during Kennesaw State University Library System's All Things Open Week 2024. Jessica will co-present with Ed Veal and their presentation is titled "Open Together: Empowering Public Libraries with Community-Driven Open Source Tools". The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 16th at 3:00 PM EST.

March 28, 2024. ByWater Solutions contributions to the Koha Community - March 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.

March 22, 2024. ByWater Solutions names Jordan Fields as Head of Aspen. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Koha support, is happy to announce the promotion of Jordan Fields to Head of Aspen.

March 21, 2024. ByWater Solutions announces March 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 March 2024 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback, the Knox County Public Library in Tennessee.

March 20, 2024. ByWater Solutions celebrates Fifteenth Anniversary. ByWater Solutions is celebrating its15th Year Anniversary.

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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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2023 ByWater Solutions Accomplishments Narrative

2023 was another stellar year for Aspen, Koha and ByWater! We have seen tremendous growth in the adoption of open source solutions for libraries and we are thrilled with the ongoing support and encouragement that we have received from our partners. ByWater added a record number of talented new staff in 2023 and our processes and procedures are getting a level up with the help of our new Chief Operating Officer as well as our new and existing department heads. ByWater attended several conferences in 2023, including ALA where we hosted an open source pre-conference which highlighted the new and exciting features now found within Aspen Discovery. KohaCon was hosted in Helsinki Finland this year as well, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with our colleagues within the community and strengthen our existing bonds of cooperation and forward progress. This can be best demonstrated with the investment ByWater made into our counterpart in the UK, PTFS Europe. ByWater was given the opportunity to purchase a large share of the organization and Brendan and Nate were appointed as directors. This strategic partnership greatly increases ByWater’s development capacity and will help fast track the innovation of both Koha and Aspen going forward. Our strategic partnerships at home were also expanded upon, with the creation of even better integrations for seamless interactions with products offered by Baker and Taylor, Communico, Collection HQ and many more.

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