Lawrenceville, GA -- March 20, 2007. The King County Library System (KCLS) in the Puget Sound region surrounding Seattle, WA has selected Equinox Software to provide Evergreen ILS consulting services. As part of the arrangement, Equinox Software will install an Evergreen system at KCLS for evaluation and development needs analysis. Equinox is providing services including data translation and loading, software installation and customization, and training and consultation on Evergreen's capabilities and features.
Regarding the selection of Equinox Software to provide Evergreen services, Jed Moffitt of KCLS commented, "We are happy to be working with the Georgia Public Library Service and with Equinox Software, Inc. on a proof-of-concept test of the Evergreen Open-Source ILS software. We are specifically interested in finding new software and software business models that cater to the particular needs of large, multi-branch, public libraries. KCLS is working closely with a number of other large public libraries in this research effort, all of whom express similar needs and concerns."
Moffitt continued, "Our goals with Evergreen are to try to understand and evaluate the software, particularly circulation features, with respect to its ability to provide good service to our patrons and good efficiency for our staff. We see this partnership with Equinox Software as the logical continuation of a long and patient exploration. Our vision is to develop a wonderful system that could then be given away to public libraries in the interest of public service, and operated solely based on cost of ongoing maintenance and development."
Brad LaJeunesse of Equinox Software remarked, "Equinox is excited about showing off Evergreen's capabilities and working collaboratively with the King County Library System staff. Evergreen has proven it can scale to the needs of a large library consortium such as the Georgia Library PINES group, and now we have the opportunity to see how it might serve a large metro library system. Equinox is here to provide the expertise that KCLS and other library systems and consortia need in order to realize Evergreen's full potential."
On the benefits of Open Source software, LaJeunesse said, "The true value of Open Source does not lie in its reduced capital costs, but rather in the freedom it conveys, although the increased ROI is often substantial."
The Equinox team will work closely with KCLS staff through every step of the installation, customization and training to ensure as close a fit as possible for KCLS's needs, and to identify potential areas where collaborative development can be leveraged to fulfill KCLS's requirements.
About King County Library System
The King County Library System is one of the highest circulating libraries in the United States with 43 libraries, a Traveling Library Center, a mobile TechLab and two ABC Express childrens bookmobiles. KCLS circulated more than 19 million items in 2006 and serves 1.2 million residents. KCLS offers a collection of 3.6 million items including books, periodicals, newspapers, audio and videotapes, films, CDs, DVDs and extensive online resources.
For more information on King County Library System, visit their website at: http://www.kcls.org/
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Libraries interested in joining the open-source software revolution often face concerns over where to find the technical expertise needed to take advantage of the software products. Equinox Software, Inc., based in Lawrenceville, GA, is a firm dedicated to working with libraries in all aspects of using Evergreen, an enterprise-grade open-source Integrated Library System (ILS).
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox offers a wealth of experience and expertise in Evergreen development, support and integration. Equinox specializes in customized packages designed for the specific requirements of every library. Instead of one-size-fits-all support, Equinox works closely with libraries to ensure Evergreen is utilized in a manner that best fits the library's individual needs.
In addition to support, custom development and integration services, Equinox offers complete Evergreen hosting packages for those libraries wishing to outsource their ILS infrastructure needs. For more information on Equinox Software, visit their website at http://www.esilibrary.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Evergreen was initially created and is still maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service to support PINES, a consortium of over 250 public libraries. Evergreen was built from the ground up as a flexible, fault-tolerant system capable of supporting libraries of all sizes. Boasting a myriad of standards compliant methods to access and control data, Evergreen is a robust platform that evolves with the needs of even the most complex library system or consortium.
For more information on Evergreen, visit the project website at: http://www.open-ils.org/