Norcross, GA –April 14, 2008 – The Michigan Library Consortium, working in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Library, has selected Evergreen as their next-generation library automation system. In preparation, the Michigan Library Consortium has signed a contract with Equinox Software Inc., which will provide comprehensive library data migration services, software configuration, consultation, and on-going Evergreen technical support.
A library automation system serves as the technological backbone of the library, facilitating circulation and cataloging of library materials as well as letting patrons search for items online. The Evergreen system was originally created by the Georgia Public Library Service for use in the Georgia PINES consortium and has been made available to the libraries worldwide through an open-source license.
The Michigan Library Consortium will begin the conversion to Evergreen with a pilot group of libraries. Branch, Niles, and Traverse Area District Libraries will go live over the summer. After the successful launch of the pilot libraries, Michigan Evergreen will open for other libraries in the consortium to join.
Evette Atkin, Systems Librarian at MLC, says, "We're excited to be able to offer our member libraries a high-functioning and economically-viable ILS. Evergreen exhibits the level of flexibility that our libraries want, need, and deserve. We chose Equinox because they are the driving force behind the creation and implementation of Evergreen."
According to Brad LaJeunesse, President of Equinox Software, "Michigan’s libraries are extremely diverse with a wide range of needs. Members in the MLC represent every type of library from large research facilities to small school media centers, and public libraries in both rural and urban areas. They will benefit greatly from Evergreen’s flexibility."
About the Michigan Library Consortium
The Michigan Library Consortium (http://mlcnet.org) is a non-profit membership organization comprised of all types of Michigan libraries. MLC provides libraries a convenient, single point of contact for training, group purchasing and technical support for electronic resources, saving member libraries time and money.
Evergreen is an enterprise-grade open-source ILS initially created to support Georgia PINES, a consortium of over 270 public libraries. Since its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has received significant attention from around the world, including the reception of a Technology Collaboration Award and grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include a growing consortium in British Columbia, Canada, and new implementations planned for Indiana and Michigan. Evergreen 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.
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 Norcross, Ga., is a firm dedicated to working with libraries in all aspects of Evergreen, the 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 individual libraries and consortia. 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, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.