Norcross, GA -- November 20, 2008. Invermere Public Library has become the 12th library in British Columbia’s SITKA consortium to go live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software.
Invermere Public Library’s migration to Evergreen is one more step in a process that will see up to 32 SITKA libraries running Evergreen by the end of 2009. Equinox Software Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, is providing ongoing 24/7 technical support for SITKA’s Evergreen implementations.
"While Evergreen works beautifully for single-site libraries, the true power of consortial-quality library software becomes apparent in settings such as SITKA," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "With its powerful indexing, transaction, and other core functions, and user-friendly features such as self-placed holds and patron bookbags, Evergreen is a natural choice for resource-sharing systems, while the fact that Evergreen is open source translates to long-range security and confidence for Evergreen libraries and their systems."
SITKA is following a gradual approach to moving libraries over to Evergreen; libraries opt-in on their own schedule. Many libraries are anticipated to join over the next several years when their existing automation vendor contracts expire.
Invermere, British Columbia is located near the border of Alberta. It has a growing population of about 4,000 people and serves as a popular summer destination for people from Calgary. Visit Invermere’s new online catalog at http://invermere.catalogue.bclibraries.ca/. Their website can also be viewed at http://invermere.bclibrary.ca/ The collective holdings for all 12 libraries are at http://catalogue.bclibrary.ca and a description of SITKA is at http://sitka.bclibraries.ca/ .
Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library system software. Evergreen was initially developed to support Georgia PINES, a resource-sharing consortium with over 270 public libraries. While Evergreen was 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 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. Other Evergreen implementations include Michigan Evergreen, through the Michigan Library Consortium; Evergreen Indiana, from the Indiana Open Source Initiative; and several smaller implementations, such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, Innisfil Public Library in Ontario, and the University of Prince Edward Island. Evergreen projects in the early-development stages include Project Conifer (five academic libraries in Canada).
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.