Norcross, GA -- June 11, 2008. Whistler Public Library of the British Columbia SITKA (formerly BC Pines) Consortium has followed Prince Rupert, Powell River, Fort Nelson, and Terrace Public Libraries as the next facility to go live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library software.
Whistler Public Library’s new online catalog can be viewed at http://whistler.catalogue.bclibrary.ca/. The migration was handled by a partnership between Alpha-G and Equinox Software, Inc. Alpha-G is an acknowledged expert in the legacy system and Equinox is the support and development company for Evergreen.
The migration of Whistler Public Library is another step in a process that will see a total of 15 SITKA libraries transition to Evergreen during 2008. Two more libraries, Mackenzie and Taylor Public Libraries, are scheduled for migrations in November 2008. When MacKenzie and Taylor go live, the SITKA consortium will have 18 systems running Evergreen. British Columbia is following a gradual approach to moving libraries over to Evergreen; libraries "opt-in"on their own schedule. Many are anticipated to join over the next several years when their existing automation vendor contracts expire.
The SITKA OPAC is here: http://catalogue.bclibrary.ca . Watch it grow!
Whistler, British Columbia is a resort town in the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains and houses a permanent population of around 10,000 residents. 2 million visitors make their way to the area each year largely for the world famous skiing and mountain biking. Whistler will play an important role during the 2010 Winter Olympics when it hosts most of the alpine and sledding events. The Whistler Public Library has over 20,000 patrons and 40,000 bibliographic items. The library first opened its doors in 1986 when it was open four days a week for a total of 16 hours. In January of 2008, Whistler Public Library moved into a newly-built facility with 12,000 square feet of floor area.
Evergreen is a consortial-quality, enterprise-grade, open-source integrated library system (ILS) initially created in 2006 to support Georgia PINES, a consortium of over 270 public libraries. While Evergreen has been 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 first week, 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 a growing consortium in British Columbia, Canada, and new implementations planned for the Michigan Library Consortium as well as libraries in Indiana.
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 enterprise-grade, 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 needs. Equinox also provides consulting services for libraries seeking more insight into the value proposition of open source software.
About Alpha-G Consulting, LLC
Alpha-G Consulting has expertise in library automation, data migration, database programming and administration, and related technologies. Alpha-G puts its expertise to work to solve its clients’ most vexing library and computing problems. Founded in 2001, Alpha-G now has more than 250 customers in North America, Europe, and Australia. Press contact: Corinne Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-269-6113 For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.
For more information on Alpha G Consulting, please visit http://www.alphagconsulting.com