Norcross, GA -- October 28, 2008. Franklin County (Ind.) Public Library District has gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. The successful migration of these libraries is part of a process that will see a total of 16 new libraries running Evergreen by the end of 2008 as part of Evergreen Indiana, a shared-catalog project administered by the Indiana State Library. Eight libraries have already made the transition and are live with the software. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, is providing bumper-to-bumper support for the migrations as well as round-the-clock ongoing technical support once the new library system is in place.
"Evergreen Indiana’s bold decision to move to open source provides these libraries with software that is both high-quality and affordable, with a great development path for the future," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "Features such as patron bookbags, easy-to-place holds, and a friendly circulation interface make Evergreen an appealing choice, and Evergreen scales to the demands of large consortia. Plus these library managers can rest easy knowing they once again own their own data."
Franklin County Public Library District has two branches. The Brookville branch was built in 1912 with funding from Andrew Carnegie. The Laurel branch, in western Franklin County, was established in 1998. The library’s website is at http://wvcl.org/joomla/.
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 meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, yet 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 debut in September 2006, Evergreen has consistently outperformed expectations and resulted in acclaim and praise from users worldwide. Evergreen has received significant attention, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include the Michigan Library Consortium, British Columbia SITKA, Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, and the University of Prince Edward Island. 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.