Migration and Data Manipulation

Migration and Data Manipulation

We understand how important your data is to you and your patrons. Accurate transfer of your data from your legacy ILS to Koha is our mission in the Migrations Department. The first step in the migration process is data profiling in which we gain an thorough understanding of the data you have sent us. We analyze your data to assess the quantity and quality. We identify any potential anomalies in the data and prepare a strategy for the migration process to move the data into Koha. The design of the migration process is unique to each library. No two data sets are ever the same! During the migration process, each of our new partners receives a migration test system where the migration process is fine-tuned, modified, and adjusted until the data in Koha suits your library's needs. This migration server is also used in the hands on training and for all testing the library wishes to do during the migration process.

Our Koha migration and server setup services include, but not limited to:

  • Creation of a migration Koha system to be used for training and testing
  • Transfer of data from legacy ILS to Koha
  • Koha installation and customization
  • Administrative configuration
  • OPAC customization
  • Import of patron data
  • Assistance with the import/configuration of authority records
  • External device setup such as those using SIP2 and LDAP connections

Our Data Migration Team

Jessica Beno

Jessica Beno

Data Migration Librarian

Jessica Beno

Jessica Beno

Data Migration Librarian

Jessica received her BA from St. Xavier University and her MLIS from Dominican University’s School of Library and Information Science. She has worked for historical societies, museums, and archives across Chicagoland, but it was in her role as a corporate digital asset management associate where she developed her passion for data organization. It was with this passion and her love of libraries that she decided to continue her career as a migration librarian for ByWater Solutions. In her free time, Jessica enjoys staying active and spending her days outdoors.

Enica Davis

Enica Davis

Data Migrations Lead

Enica Davis

Enica Davis

Data Migrations Lead

Enica was born and raised in the Philippines, where public libraries are not well-known. Twelve years after moving to the U.S., she was able to fulfill a dream of working as an Emerging Technologies Librarian. Enica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management, and now, as part of the Migrations team at ByWater, she gets to work with three of the things she is most passionate about: data, technology, and libraries.

Valerie Burnett

Valerie Burnett

Data Migration Librarian

Valerie Burnett

Valerie Burnett

Data Migration Librarian

Valerie Burnett holds an MLIS from the University of Washington. After ten years in medical and school libraries, Valerie spent fifteen years at the academic library of Westminster College. As a Systems Librarian, Valerie led the migration to Koha and honed her problem-solving skills daily. She also established and managed the library's 3d print program. Outside of work, her passions include knitting, sewing, rambling on foot, cosplay, plant-based cuisine, and cats.

Ian Walls

Ian Walls

FOLIO Implementation Lead

Ian Walls

Ian Walls

FOLIO Implementation Lead

Ian earned his MLIS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. While there, he worked for URI's Web Development Group, implementing blog software, project management software and anti-spam security measures. After that Ian joined ByWater Solutions, supporting hundreds of libraries, developed new features for Koha, and provided on site training for several of the company's partners. Over the last several years Ian has worked as the Web Services and Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Addie Van Salisbury

Addie Van Salisbury

Process Polymath

Addie Van Salisbury

Addie Van Salisbury

Process Polymath

Addie received a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently working on her Masters of Data Science through the Information School at Syracuse University. As long as she can remember, her and libraries have been close friends - beginning with being an honored member of '100 Books Read' club in first grade to finishing her research in the long stacks at UNC. She is very excited to share her love of libraries and to empower your patrons! In her spare time, Addie loves exploring her home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, traveling, cooking, and playing with her dogs - Ollie and Finn!