GA – August 6, 2008 The Branch District Library is the first library in the Michigan Evergreen project to go live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. This is the first step in a process that will see seven Michigan public libraries - with a total of twenty-one branches - migrating to Evergreen by the end of the year. Michigan Evergreen is a shared-catalog project administered by the Michigan Library Consortium (MLC). Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, provided bumper-to-bumper support during the data migration process.
"We at MLC are very pleased to be involved in the Evergreen project," said Randy Dykhuis, MLC Executive Director. Brad LaJeunesse, President of Equinox Software, commented, "Evergreen is rapidly gaining ground in libraries worldwide. Branch District Library is just one of at least thirty migrations to Evergreen we will see in 2008."
The Grand Rapids Public Library will oversee day-to-day administration for their new server, and MLC will provide support and training to the participating libraries. Equinox will continue to provide consulting services to MLC.
The Branch District Library consists of six branch outlets: Algansee, Bronson, Coldwater, Quincy, Sherwood, and Union Township. In 1991, the former Branch County Library was re-established as a district library system. Today, the Branch District Library maintains over 115,000 bibliographic items and serves 20,000 patrons. The library’s website can be seen at www.branchdistrictlibrary.org and their new online catalog can be viewed at http://bdl.michiganevergreen.com. For more information on the Michigan Evergreen project, see http://mlcnet.org/evergreen
Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library system software. Evergreen was initially developed to support 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 and grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include the SITKA consortium in British Columbia, Canada, as well as libraries in Indiana. For more information about Evergreen, please visit http://open-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 soup-to-nuts 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.