Duluth, GA -- May 23, 2012. Equinox Software is celebrating its 5th anniversary as a leader in open source solutions for libraries.
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software began supporting the 270 libraries of the Georgia Public Library Service under the PINES program and today supports over 500 Evergreen and 12 Koha libraries across the United States and Canada.
One highlight of Equinox's past year was the purchase of an office building that will allow space for continued company growth. This year also saw several high profile Evergreen installations such as the formation of two new state consortiums in North Carolina and Ohio. The Santa Cruz public library also went live on Evergreen and there was continued expansion in New England and the Pacific Northwest.
Evergreen has come a long way since the early days of version 1.0 released back in 2006, and Equinox has been there every step of the way. Some of the most notable enhancements Equinox developers have contributed code for include: Serials, Acquisitions, Telephony, and the Template Toolkit OPAC. Equinox is currently working on a number of development projects for new features which will be included in future releases of Evergreen such as the Kids' OPAC. Equinox developers have also contributed code for new features in Koha. The FulfILLment project, an open source ILL platform created by Equinox developers, currently has an alpha release available at http://www.fulfillment-ill.org. Equinox is delighted to be able offer a modern ILL product that will allow libraries to resource share easily across multiple ILS with a degree of local control that has never been offered in another product.
Looking forward, Equinox Software's continued goal remains to engage and support a rapidly expanding open source community while assisting libraries in moving away from expensive proprietary vendors and products. For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.
Evergreen is a robust, open-source integrated library system best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia. However, it has also proven equally successful scaled down for even the smallest libraries. Evergreen now supports almost 1,200 libraries of every type-public, academic, special, and school media centers across 4 countries, 31 U.S. states, and 8 Canadian provinces. The Georgia PINES, King County Public Library System, SCLENDS, and NC Cardinal consortiums are all currently running Evergreen.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha's OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development service. For more information on Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.
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