Norcross, GA -- January 7, 2009. Brazil (Ind.) Public Library has gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. The successful migration of this library is part of a process that saw 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. 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 catalogs are in place.
"From the staff side all functionalities are smooth and easy to use, and from the patron's side there are so many resources to choose from, and the ease of use is so easy," said Jill Scarbrough, director of Brazil Public Library. Scarborough added, "Every taxpayer should be grateful to the State Library and Equinox Software Inc. for taking on such a project to make their tax dollars go much farther."
"Evergreen Indiana showcases the consortial power of Evergreen," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox CEO and part of the original team that wrote Evergreen for PINES, the resource-sharing network of the Georgia Public Library Service. "No product, commercial or open source, was ready for the needs of Georgia PINES until we wrote Evergreen. Indiana has selected the product that can flex forward to the needs of the consortium as it grows."
The town of Brazil founded its public library in the late nineteenth century, and in 1904 relocated the library to the Carnegie-funded building still in use today. The libraryís website is at http://www.brazil.lib.in.us.
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 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 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.
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