Four on the Floor: Evergreen Indiana Continues to Grow
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Norcross, GA – March 10, 2009
Madison-Jefferson County, Otterbein, Thorntown, and Hagerstown Public Libraries have gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. 24 libraries are now part of Evergreen Indiana, a shared-catalog project of the Indiana State Library. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company established by the original Evergreen developers, provided bumper-to-bumper support for the migrations and is now providing round-the-clock ongoing technical support.
According to Karen Niemeyer, Director of Thorntown Public Library, "The library staff plan to serve our customers well with Evergreen Indiana for many, many years and are very excited to be sharing the system with the other two public libraries in our county as well as other libraries throughout the state. Our customers are very used to shared catalogs and to our sharing of resources and borrowing for them from across the nation and even the world."
Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president, said, “The resilience and flexibility of Evergreen become more evident as Indiana’s shared catalog grows. The fact that hundreds of libraries in Georgia thrive on one shared Evergreen catalog underscores that the sky’s the limit for Indiana.”
Bibliographic holdings for each library are 128,288 for Madison-Jefferson County 19,223 for Otterbein, 55,758 for Thornton, and 34,000 for Hagerstown. View the Evergreen Indiana shared catalog at http://evergreen.lib.in.us.
Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library software initially developed to support Georgia PINES, a resource-sharing consortium with over 270 public libraries. Evergreen was designed from the ground up to be robust, fault-tolerant, service-oriented, and standards-based. Evergreen nimbly evolves to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, while elegantly scaling down to the smallest library sites.
The growing multinational Evergreen development community has shepherded Evergreen through a series of carefully-planned releases that have further strengthened Evergreen’s consortial capabilities while adding popular and useful functionality. Evergreen 2.0, due out in 2009, will add acquisitions, serials, and reserves to Evergreen’s outstanding functionality.
From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include consortial projects such as Michigan Evergreen and British Columbia Sitka, and libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, the National Weather Center Library, and the University of Prince Edward Island. Other libraries contracting with Equinox software for Evergreen services include King County Library System—a public library system in Washington State—and the thirteen libraries of Natural Resources Canada. A number of libraries “go it alone” with Evergreen by providing their own migration and support, which further demonstrates the power, ease, and reliability of this state-of-the-art library software.
For more information about Evergreen, visit http://evergreen-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 comprehensive support for Evergreen, the consortial-quality, open source 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 needs.
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.
Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.