Houston Public Library of the British Columbia SITKA Consortium (formerly BC Pines Consortium) has followed
Prince Rupert, Powell River, Fort Nelson, Terrace, and Whistler Public Libraries as the next facility to go live with
Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library software.
Houston Public Library’s new online catalog can be viewed at http://houston.catalogue.bclibrary.ca. The migration
of Houston Public Library is another step in a process that will see a total of 16 SITKA libraries transition to
Evergreen in 2008. With the two pilot libraries from 2007, the SITKA consortium will have 18 systems running
Evergreen at the end of 2008.
British Columbia is following a gradual approach to moving libraries over to Evergreen; libraries “opt-in” on their
own schedule. Many are anticipated to join over the next several years when their existing automation vendor
The Houston Public Library was established in 1924 when Clara Davies, the wife of a local hotel keeper, and Rev.
Allan Brayside began to collect and pool books for the residents of Houston to use. The public library association as
it exists today was formed on November 19, 1964. In 1997, the library became automated allowing patrons access to
the internet as well as the ability to search the catalogue and check books out on-line.
The SITKA OPAC is here: http://catalogue.bclibrary.ca . Watch it grow!
Evergreen is enterprise-grade, open-source library system software. Evergreen was initially developed to support
Georgia PINES, a consortium of over 275 public libraries.
While Evergreen has been designed from the ground up to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site
consortia, its robust, fault-tolerant architecture elegantly scales down to the smallest sites. Evergreen is also adaptive
software that due to its service-oriented, standards-compliant design can nimbly evolve to meet changing library
needs and user expectations.
From its first week, Evergreen has consistently outperformed expectations and resulted in acclaim and praise from
users worldwide. Evergreen has received significant attention, including a Technology Collaboration Award and
grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include the SITKA
consortium in British Columbia, Canada, and new implementations planned for the Michigan Library Consortium as
well as libraries in Indiana.
For more information about Evergreen, please visit http://open-ils.org
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled
developers and other professionals who provide soup-to-nuts support for Evergreen, the consortial-quality, opensource
Integrated Library System (ILS). Equinox develops, supports, trains, migrates, integrates, and consults on
Evergreen, and engages with the rapidly-expanding Evergreen community. Instead of one-size-fits-all support,
Equinox works closely with libraries to ensure Evergreen is implemented in the manner that best fits their individual
In addition to support, custom development and integration services, Equinox offers complete Evergreen hosting
packages for libraries wishing to outsource their ILS infrastructure. Equinox also provides consulting services for
libraries seeking more insight into the value proposition of open source software.
Press contact: Corinne Hall, [email protected], 678-269-6113
For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.
Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen Logo are
registered trademarks and/or trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.