Saturday, June 5, 2010

Monday June seventh is our go-live date for KOHA... Please check us out after 9:00 am

Special Thanks to my department heads: Hal Bright, project leader, Barbara Knibbs, Tinker Murphy, and Kathy Lescoe for their unflagging support and efforts in rolling out this program. I am also grateful to each for your good work, leadership and attention to detail. This is a pioneering step in innovation, management, technological strategy, and customer service.

I am also very thankful for my Library Board who have each worked hard through the three year decision process and also developed the wisdom to go forward with this important project. Thank you all. Jay

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that The Farmington Libraries, of Farmington, CT. has partnered with them for the implementation of the open source community version of the Koha integrated library system.
Farmington has contracted with ByWater Solutions for the Installation, customization, migration, hosting, support and training for their Koha integrated library system.
Jay Johnston, M.S. M.A. Executive Director of the Farmington Libraries commented on their decision to switch to and open source solution;
“Open source software is fast becoming the standard software model in many organizations worldwide and has demonstrated great value by virtue of its fast diffusion throughout the world as the new library ILS standard. It is consequently exciting to be able to provide our citizen-customers with the best in ILS capability at a fraction of the current cost. To better serve our citizen-customers increasingly diverse needs, the KOHA system will provide greater flexibility and functionality within an economic climate dictating prudence, measure and the necessity finding better ways of doing business.” (
The Farmington Libraries are comprised of two branches, made up of over 150,000 volumes and serves a population of over 25,000 residents
About ByWater Solutions:With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS.