Norcross, GA -- April 10, 2008. 15 more libraries will join the British Columbia SITKA (formerly BC Pines) Consortium in 2008, bringing the consortium to 18 member systems. In preparation, BC Libraries have signed a contract with Equinox Software Inc., which will provide comprehensive migration services and support, including library data expertise, consultation, and system configuration.
The migrations will begin this month as Terrace and Whistler Public Libraries go live by the end of May. Over the summer, 11 other libraries will follow suit with the final two libraries, Mackenzie and Taylor Public Libraries, scheduled for early to mid-November 2008.
British Columbia is following a gradual approach to moving libraries over to Evergreen as libraries will "opt-in" on their own schedule. Prince Rupert Public Library became the first to switch over in late 2007. Over the next three to five year period it is expected that a high percentage of British Columbia libraries will participate as their contracts with their existing automation vendors expire.
Bob Molyneux, VP for Business Development at Equinox noted: "With 241 individual libraries in over 70 systems, British Columbia resembles Georgia’s environment both in the number of libraries and the demographics of the areas represented. However, if all BC public libraries eventually join SITKA, the combined circulations will be around 52 million--about three times that of PINES. A number of the BC libraries, though, are quite a bit smaller than those in Georgia and there are three in this second group that currently do not have an automation system. Evergreen's scalable architecture is designed to handle both the larger circulations and the smaller libraries."
Evergreen is an enterprise-grade open-source ILS initially created to support Georgia PINES, a consortium of over 270 public libraries. Since its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has received significant attention from around the world, including the reception of a Technology Collaboration Award and grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include a growing consortium in British Columbia, Canada, and new implementations planned for Indiana and Michigan. Evergreen was designed from the ground up to be a flexible, fault-tolerant system capable of supporting libraries of all sizes. Boasting a myriad of standards-compliant methods to access and control data, Evergreen is a robust platform that evolves with the needs of even the most complex library system or consortium.
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Libraries interested in joining the open-source software revolution often face concerns over where to find the technical expertise to take advantage of their desired software products. Equinox Software Inc., based in Norcross, Ga., is a firm dedicated to working with libraries in all aspects of Evergreen, the enterprise-grade, open-source Integrated Library System (ILS).
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox offers a wealth of experience and expertise in Evergreen development, support and integration. Equinox specializes in customized packages designed for the specific requirements of individual libraries and consortia. 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 needs.
For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.