The Evergreen Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that Jennifer Pringle has been selected as the Evergreen community's Contributor of the Month. Jennifer works for BC Libraries Cooperative (the Co-op) as Support Helpdesk & Trainer. The Co-op supports the Sitka consortium of public, post-secondary, K-12, and special libraries across three Canadian provinces.
Jennifer's Evergreen involvement began in 2008 when she worked at Whistler Public Library, which became the 5th Sitka public library to migrate to Evergreen and one of the earliest public libraries using Evergreen outside of Georgia PINES. Jennifer later moved to the Co-op where she leveraged her frontline experience with Evergreen to support and train consortium members.
"My day to day is answering questions," Jennifer says. "A lot of what I contribute to the community is from issues submitted by our libraries -- if we can't fix it, I go to Launchpad." Jennifer is very active in the Evergreen community, contributing patches and documentation.
Acquisitions has long been a focal point of Jennifer's community work. Her consortium was one of the first adopters of Evergreen Acquisitions. Over the years, Jennifer has been involved with the Acquisitions Interest Group, including drawing wider community attention to Acquisitions module needs and filing workflow improvement requests.
More recently, Jennifer has become involved with the Student Success Working Group, where she encourages the Co-op's postsecondary libraries to provide feedback. She has also been focusing on testing related to the new Web Staff Client. "Switching to Evergreen's new Web Client has been a big change, but a good change," she states. Jennifer and her coworkers put Evergreen releases through months of testing before an upgrade, allowing them to uncover issues that may be missed by others.
Jennifer encourages new community members to be brave. "It may be scary to ask that first question, but the community isn't scary," she advises. "No one person is working in isolation in the community. Our community is just so interconnected, which I think is fantastic."
The Evergreen Project develops an open source ILS (integrated library system) used by more than 2,000 libraries around the world. The Evergreen software is used by libraries to provide their public catalog interface as well circulation, acquisition of library materials, and sharing resources among groups of libraries. The Evergreen community is marked by a high degree of participation by the librarians who use the software and contribute documentation, bug reports and fixes, funding and organizational energy to constantly improve the system.