LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Equinox Software has been selected by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) to provide Evergreen ILS support, software evelopment, system administration, training and consulting services for the agency's PINES program, a consortium of 265 public libraries. The agreement took effect July 1.
Evergreen was created by GPLS to support PINES-member public libraries. Since its debut in September 2006, the library automation system has received significant attention from libraries and library systems around the world. The software was designed from the ground up to be 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.
According to Brad LaJeunesse, President for Equinox, "Interest in Evergreen has grown explosively, especially after recent happenings in the ILS market space. This contract ensures that GPLS and PINES receive the attention and resources they deserve while providing Equinox the flexibility to help grow and sustain the larger Evergreen ILS community."
"We are pleased to issue this sole-source contract to Equinox for software development and support services," said Elizabeth McKinney de Garcia, PINES Program Director for GPLS. "It was important for us to continue working closely with the original Evergreen software developers. Being the authors of the software, the Equinox team members have exclusive and profound knowledge of the software that no other vendor can match, and they are the core of Evergreen's open-source software community."
The Equinox team, all of whom were involved in Evergreen's creation, will work closely with GPLS staff on the continued support and development of the software, leveraging their unique expertise and experience with the Evergreen software. Equinox staff members will continue to serve GPLS as primary developers of the software, and they will provide the agency with 24/7 software support and system administration services.
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Libraries interested in joining the open-source software revolution often face concerns over where to find the technical expertise to take advantage of their desired software products. Equinox Software Inc., based in Lawrenceville, Ga., is a firm dedicated to working with libraries in all aspects of Evergreen, the enterprise-grade, open-source Integrated Library System (ILS) developed by by the Georgia Public Library Service.
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 individual libraries and consortiums. Instead of one-size-fits-all support, Equinox works closely with libraries to ensure Evergreen is implemented in the manner that best fits their individual needs. In addition to support, custom development and integration services, Equinox offers complete Evergreen hosting packages for libraries wishing to outsource their ILS infrastructure needs.
For more information on Equinox Software, visit www.esilibrary.com or email Jason Etheridge at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Evergreen, visit the project website at www.open-ils.org.