Norcross, GA -- June 24, 2008. Houston Public Library of the British Columbia SITKA Consortium (formerly BC Pines Consortium) has followed Prince Rupert, Powell River, Fort Nelson, Terrace, and Whistler Public Libraries as the next facility to go live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library software.
Houston Public Library’s new online catalog can be viewed at http://houston.catalogue.bclibrary.ca. The migration of Houston Public Library is another step in a process that will see a total of 16 SITKA libraries transition to Evergreen in 2008. With the two pilot libraries from 2007, the SITKA consortium will have 18 systems running Evergreen at the end of 2008.
British Columbia is following a gradual approach to moving libraries over to Evergreen; libraries "opt-in" on their own schedule. Many are anticipated to join over the next several years when their existing automation vendor contracts expire.
The Houston Public Library was established in 1924 when Clara Davies, the wife of a local hotel keeper, and Rev. Allan Brayside began to collect and pool books for the residents of Houston to use. The public library association as it exists today was formed on November 19, 1964. In 1997, the library became automated allowing patrons access to the internet as well as the ability to search the catalogue and check books out on-line.
The SITKA OPAC is here: http://catalogue.bclibrary.ca . Watch it grow!
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, opensource 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.