Norcross, GA — October 8, 2009. British Columbia's Sitka now has 24 libraries live with Evergreen, the robust, highly scalable open-source library automation software. Castlegar Public Library, located in Castlegar, BC, is the most recent addition to the consortium. They went live with Evergreen on September 15, 2009. In total, 34 Sitka libraries are expected to be 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.
Sitka is following a gradual approach to moving libraries over to Evergreen; libraries opt-in on their own schedules. Many libraries are expected to join the consortium over the next several years when their existing automation vendor contracts expire. The collective holdings for all Sitka libraries are at http://catalogue.bclibrary.ca and a description of Sitka can be found at http://sitka.bclibraries.ca/ .
Lauren Stara, Chair of the Sitka Business Function Group, says "We are very excited to now have 24 libraries (and counting!) live on the Sitka Evergreen database. The members now include our first multi-branch system as well as our first academic library. Sitka Evergreen is proving both robust and flexible across the vast territory of BC."
Evergreen is robust, highly scalable open-source library software. While Evergreen is best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, Evergreen also elegantly scales down to the smallest library sites.
Since its debut in September 2006 as the software powering the 270-plus libraries of the Georgia PINES consortium, Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Evergreen now supports hundreds of libraries of every type—public, academic, special, and school media—in 12 states and 2 countries.
Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled professionals who provide comprehensive support for Evergreen open source Integrated Library System (ILS). Equinox develops, supports, trains, migrates, integrates, and consults on Evergreen, and engages with the rapidly expanding Evergreen community. Equinox also offers hosting packages for libraries that prefer not to maintain local servers.
For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.
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