Duluth, GA–April 21, 2015. The Blue Mountains Public Library is now live on Koha as part of the Saugeen Consortium. Blue Mountains is located in Thornbury, Ontario. Saugeen Library System chose Equinox to host and manage their Koha services last year. Blue Mountains is the sixth library to join Saugeen.
Galen Charlton, Equinox Infrastructure and Added Services Manager, had this to say about the migration:
"I'm pleased to welcome Blue Mountains to the mainstream Koha family. One of the strengths of the open source model is that it allows libraries to pick and choose which service providers they use while continuing to use the same or similar software, and Blue Mountains is a great example of that."
Blue Mountains went live in March 2015. Equinox provided them with installation, OPAC configuration, and data transfer. Equinox will host and support their system as it has done for Saugeen over the last year. Elisa Chandler, Blue Mountains Technical Services Coordinator, helped handle the migration and said this about their new version of Koha:
"With the launch of the new catalogue, library patrons are enjoying enhanced content such as recommended titles and reader reviews. Plus, a single search point exposes users to a collection of eBooks and digital audio books that they may not have even known about."
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as "Excellent" by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we'd like to be awesome for you.
For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha's OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services.