Duluth, Ga., June 10, 2019: Equinox is pleased to welcome Westchester Library System to Evergreen.
The adoption of Evergreen by the Westchester Library System will support their 399,438 patrons in addition to migrating 959,561 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included Evergreen support, hosting, and auxiliary services in addition to project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed including authority, item, patron, transaction, acquisitions, and serials data. Authority Control services were provided during migration plus RDA and Lexile Enrichment. Staff of the Westchester Library System prepared for the migration with on site and remote training from Equinox.
"Our member libraries chose to adopt an open-source library management system because of the opportunities to affect meaningful change in the way the public accesses library services." said Rob Caluori, director of information technology at Westchester Library System. "Equinox was a seasoned and thoughtful guide on our journey to have Evergreen serve the patrons of our member libraries. Patrons now have a modern online catalog offering more self-service options and extending more 24x7 library services and our member library staff have a more flexible and mobile-friendly environment with which to serve the public."
Established in 1958 Westchester Library System collaborates with 38 libraries in Westchester County, New York to provide services, support and access to its 940,000 residents.
"Working with such a well organized central staff like Westchester was a real pleasure," said Rogan Hamby, data and project analyst at Equinox. "There were a lot of moving parts to this migration, far beyond the usual data and setup. Everyone here came together and pitched in using their own strengths where needed to make sure nothing was left undone. It has been a delight to see this migration come together and to help the Westchester libraries get settled into their new ILS home."
About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a 501(c)3 engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.
Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed to provide 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 1500 libraries around the world 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://evergreen-ils.org.