The 2019 Evergreen International Conference was held recently in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for users and potential users of the Evergreen library management system.
The three-day conference, plus a preconference day, had 169 attendees for sessions ranging all across library and system interests. Topics included resource sharing, collection development, e-resources, cataloging, acquisitions, coding, features in upcoming releases and eight different interest groups.
The keynote speaker was Ather Sharif, award-winning expert on improving web accessibility for people with disabilities.
At the conference, it was announced that 40 members of the Evergreen community had written software accepted into Evergreen's two releases since last year's meeting with 754 separate commits, and 49 people had tested and approved software, demonstrating the continued strength and participation of the Evergreen community.
Local arrangements and expertise were provided by the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS).
Evergreen continues to be the leading ILS for consortia and delivers local flexibility and granularity of policies that no other software can match. Evergreen 3.3 continues to deliver the most interoperability for libraries via its truly open APIs. Evergreen 3.3 is available to all for download at no cost from the Evergreen web site at https://evergreen-ils.org/ Evergreen is open-source software, licensed under the GNU GPL, version 2 or later.
The Evergreen community is made up of individuals, libraries, companies, and other organizations that support the Evergreen Integrated Library System. Evergreen is highly-scalable software that helps patrons find library materials and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries. More than 2,000 libraries around the world use Evergreen.