EBSCO’s Partnership with ByWater Solutions Enables Interoperability Between Discovery and ILS Solutions

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ByWater Partnership Allows Libraries Using Koha to Easily Adopt EBSCO Discovery Service™

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EBSCO has been a strong proponent of Koha and has funded many developments to improve the connection between our two systems. We are very impressed with the foresight they have when it comes to interoperability between companies and library products

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and ByWater Solutions have partnered to provide more choices to its customers. ByWater Solutions is the leading US provider of support and implementation services to libraries using Koha, the world’s first free and open source ILS. Working with ByWater, libraries that use the Koha ILS can readily adopt EBSCO Discovery Service™ as their discovery service and front-end of choice.

A truly organic start up, ByWater was formed by CEO Brendan Gallagher and is co-owned with his childhood friend, Nathan Curulla. ByWater’s mission is to empower libraries by giving them the technological flexibility and freedom they deserve through the use of open source software with comprehensive and honest support. When asked about working with EBSCO, Gallagher stated, “We are thrilled to have the chance to partner with EBSCO to bring more unified services to libraries in the US. EBSCO has always been a strong proponent of Koha and has funded many developments to improve the connection between our two systems. We are very impressed with the foresight they have when it comes to interoperability between companies and library products.”

Ron Burns, Vice President of Global Software Development at EBSCO explained, “We are excited to be working with ByWater Solutions. EBSCO is a strong supporter of open source and partnerships that allow true interoperability between a library’s discovery service and their ILS of choice.”

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of its relevance and value ranking technology.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to nearly 700,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: http://www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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