Norcross, GA.-- December 18, 2008. Equinox Software, Inc., the Evergreen Experts, welcomes Laura McFarland as its newest software developer. Laura will play a key role in helping Evergreen, the consortial-quality library automation software, continue to grow and meet the needs of current and future users.
McFarland, a native of Marietta, Georgia, is working on a software engineering and physics degree at Southern Polytechnic State University. She most recently served as a help desk administrator for WG Enterprises and as a developer for the Baker Center for Graduate Studies at Baker College in Flint, Michigan. Her interest in open source software led her to Equinox and Evergreen.
Commenting on her decision to join the Equinox team, McFarland noted, "Open source software is the outlet in which truly creative, innovative ideas can grow and flourish." She added, "When I researched Evergreen, I was impressed with the engineering aspect of the product. Good software that is thoughtful and well-planned is hard to come by. The Evergreen developers have made something truly awe-inspiring, and thatís hard to do when it comes to software."
Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox CEO, observed that the addition of McFarland to the Equinox team comes at a critical juncture for Evergreenís development. "Evergreen, built from the ground up to be powerful, consortial-quality software, is rapidly growing to meet the needs of new Evergreen libraries and the evolving requirements of our service communities. Laura will help Evergreen stay on time and on track. Weíre overjoyed Laura is on board."
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 Evergreenís consortial qualities while adding popular and useful functionality.
From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has earned 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 consortial projects such as Michigan Evergreen, Evergreen Indiana, and British Columbia SITKA, and libraries such as 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.