Equinox is pleased to announce that SPARK is growing again! Pocono Mountain Public Library in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania migrated to Evergreen in early November. They join Eastern Monroe to form the Monroe County Libraries. SPARK is managed by Pennsylvania Integrated Library System and has been using Evergreen since 2011.
Pocono Mountain Public Library consists of one branch serving 15,673 patrons with over 51,000 bib records. The migration was managed by Barbara Cormack, Equinox Project Manager. When asked about the migration, she remarked, "It has been a pleasure for me to work with the director and staff at Pocono Mountain Public Library. Their enthusiasm and support for the migration to Evergreen and the Spark consortium have insured a smooth and successful transition to the new automation system."
Ann Shincovich, Pocono Mountain Public Library Director and Project Manager, added, "Our library has been waiting for years to get a new ILS and I was always concerned about cost and our ability to handle the overwhelming task of conversion. The PaILS Spark project with Equinox exceeded my hopes for a cost conscious ILS with relatively seamless transition, excellent support and training, and really solid hand-holding.
The Equinox team was equally good with the big issues related to analyzing data and constructing the new system, as they were with answering all the little questions that plague conversion. They completely understood all the weird little things that dictate our ILS needs, and really listened to all my concerns. Their systems people were great at sorting all the data into comprehensible bits, and spent a lot of time in data review. Tweaking the test data was a constant process and carried on until I was satisfied. I knew my system better after all the time we spent in review than I did before! They even presented to me new setups that I didn't know I wanted or could have. They were very generous with sharing their knowledge of what could be done from their experience with other libraries. They made it easier for me to feel like we were getting it right. They helped my staff feel like they could make it through because of their effective training. This is one of the best projects I've ever done and the Equinox people are outstanding. Rare is the vendor that is so thorough."
The patrons are enjoying the new system and learning to use Evergreen. One patron was quoted as saying, "I love it and it was easy. The text alerts for holds are great to help me plan my time to come to the library. I love the "My Account" to help me remember my reading. It's really great."
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 .
About Pennsylvania Integrated Library System
PaILS is the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (ILS), a nonprofit corporation that oversees SPARK, the open source ILS developed using Evergreen Open Source ILS. PaILS is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. The SPARK User Group members make recommendations and inform the Board of Directors. A growing number of libraries large and small are PaILS members. For more information about PaILS and SPARK, please visit http://sparkpa.org/ .
Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1400 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreenils.org .