Norcross, GA -- June 23, 2008. Marshall Public Library in Marshall, Missouri has selected Evergreen, the open-source library software, for its next-generation Integrated Library System. Marshall has chosen Equinox’s hosted Evergreen service, an ideal solution for resource-conscious libraries seeking professional, round-the-clock support for their library systems.
Amy Crump, Marshall’s Library Director, said, "We at the Marshall Public Library are very excited to join the growing number of libraries making the switch to the Evergreen open-source ILS. We are pleased to be working with Equinox to facilitate the migration as well as provide support for Evergreen and our library."
Brad LaJeunesse, President of Equinox, said, "Marshall Public will be the second library organization electing to use Equinox’s hosted Evergreen services. We see a strong trend in the industry in this regard, and we think it’s win-win. The library will have a highly stable ILS and its server will be housed in a stable, secure, and controlled environment. This makes our support services more effective and allows the library to focus on its core mission."
Marshall Missouri, located in the heart of the "Show-Me State," was named after statesman and jurist John Marshall and serves as the county seat of Saline County. Marshall Public Library has 30,000 bibliographic items and their annual circulation is around 55,000. They currently serve nearly 7,000 library users.
Evergreen is enterprise-grade, open-source library system software. Evergreen was initially developed to support Georgia PINES, a consortium of over 275 public libraries. While Evergreen has been designed from the ground up to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, its robust, fault-tolerant architecture elegantly scales down to the smallest sites. Evergreen is also adaptive software that due to its service-oriented, standards-compliant design can nimbly evolve to meet changing library needs and user expectations.
From its first week, Evergreen has consistently outperformed expectations and resulted in acclaim and praise from users worldwide. Evergreen has received significant attention, including a Technology Collaboration Award and grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include the SITKA consortium in British Columbia, Canada, and new implementations planned for the Michigan Library Consortium as well as libraries in Indiana.
For more information about Evergreen, please visit http://open-ils.org
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled developers and other professionals who provide soup-to-nuts support for Evergreen, the consortial-quality, open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). Equinox develops, supports, trains, migrates, integrates, and consults on Evergreen, and engages with the rapidly-expanding Evergreen community. 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. Equinox also provides consulting services for libraries seeking more insight into the value proposition of open source software.