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    August 28th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
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    French Cultural Center of Boston Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha ( support, announced today that the French Cultural Center of Boston is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the French Cultural Center of Boston in July and will be providing ongoing support and hosting services for them.

    The French Cultural Center of Boston houses the second largest private collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and audio and video cassettes available in the US. Their customized online catalog can be viewed here:

    Marie Lalevée, Head Librarian, commented on their decision to migrate to Koha with support from ByWater:

    “It was time for us to move on to a more user-friendly system which would incorporate web 2.0 functionality. As the library of a small non-profit, cost was a concern, but we still felt our energy and inspiration deserved cool features, a good look and an overall logical and practical system. After some serious research, we came to the conclusion that Koha was a solid ILS which matched our requirements, and ByWater Solutions would be able to assist us in this operation. Having no in-house IT staff, we really needed to feel supported and guided. We feel everything has gone smoothly throughout migration and are excited to now be using Koha everyday!”

    About French Cultural Center of Boston:
    The French Cultural Center of Boston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the vibrant growth of French Language and Francophone Cultures in New England.The library houses the second largest private collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and audio and video cassettes available in the US. Our school, a member of the Alliance Française network offers language classes and programs for adults and children. The Cultural center showcases the many aspects of the francophone culture through numerous lectures, concerts, cooking demonstrations, wine-tastings, art exhibitions, holiday celebrations and more. Political and artistic personalities often hold talks at the French Cultural Center, making it the center of French culture in Boston. For more information about the French Cultural Center of Boston, please visit:

    About Koha:
    Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

    Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies–XHTML, CSS and Javascript–making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit:

    About ByWater Solutions:
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: