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ByWater Solutions Partners with koha-US to raise money for the Koha Community

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that their partnership with koha-US raised over $1,800.00 for the Koha Community. 69 Community members participated in the month-long challenge logging over 2,140 miles for the month of May!

By partnering with koha-us for the Spring into Fitness: Koha Community Challenge, we were able to create a way for the open-source community to come together, move, and raise money for a good cause!

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions, recently commented on the Koha Community Challenge.
'We had a great idea to get people moving during the pandemic and wanted to tie in the Koha Community. In partnership with koha-US, we raised money for the organization that focuses on continuous improvements for both the software and the community. This allowed us to bring both physical and financial health to the libraries we are so lucky to have the opportunity to work with."

Participants logged runs, walks, biking, dancing, yoga, strength training, and moreover the last month.

Rhonda Kuiper, Koha-US President and Collection Development & Technical Services Manager at Round Rock Public Library, recently commented on the event. "We are thrilled to be a part of this Koha Community Challenge!"

koha-US and the Koha Community
The funds raised from the Community Challenge will allow koha-us to provide a platform for users to share educational workshops. koha-US members also work together to fund new software features in the Koha Community that help staff with their workflows or help patrons connect to library content.

Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork!
The Challenge was open to libraries, vendors, and any library supporters out there! The team challenge brought co-workers together allowing them to sign up as a team. We saw great motivation among the teams! We want to congratulate the Library and Vendor teams who competed!

Virtual Koha Community Challenge: Spring into Fitness Team Results
Our top teams for most miles and minutes are:
1. Northern Essex Community College Library clocking 123:19:54 and 523.94 miles
2. Montgomery County Public Library clocking 103:24:59 and 381.89 miles
3. Salina Public Library clicking 90:44:46 and 286.64 miles

The Swag
Participants will be sporting a Koha t-shirt and medal for their participation and donation in the event!
ByWater Solutions donated the cost of the shirts and medals for the challenge.

Getting Involved with koha-US
koha-US welcomes all as a member of their organization! They are excited to add you to their network of librarians and information professionals dedicated to bringing innovative technologies and services to libraries with Koha!

Dues of 25.00 (USD) provide you with membership benefits for the calendar year. If you have any questions about membership, please contact us at [email protected].
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For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions

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