Last month, Smart Libraries Newsletter discussed automation projects that have achieved or aspire to achieve a state-wide scope. We discussed implementations based on both open source and proprietary library automation platforms. The PINES consortium in Georgia, based on the Evergreen ILS, has gained considerable attention as one of the most ambitious consortial implementations based on open source software.
The PINES consortium generally includes the libraries in the smaller communities and less populated counties in Georgia. Though it includes 143 out of 160 counties, it covers around half of the population of the state. The population centers such as Atlanta-Fulton County, Cobb County rely on proprietary systems.
In October 2010 the Northwest Georgia Regional Library, including three facilities in Gordon and Murray Counties joined PINES, moving to the shared Evergreen system from a SirsiDynix Unicorn System in place since 1998. This recent addition boosts PINES to a total of around 283 libraries.
In a move that runs counter to the expansion of PINES toward state-wide scope, the Chattahoochee Valley Library Regional Library System has selected the Polaris ILS to replace their current SirsiDynix Horizon system.
These two recent ILS selections reinforce the trends for PINES to encompass an ever wider portion of Georgia, but with notable exceptions of libraries that serve denser areas of population.