Norcross, GA –- July 16, 2008. Equinox Software Inc., based in Norcross, Ga., has more than doubled its staff in the last year, and is actively seeking to hire three additional system developers. Equinox is the support and development company for Evergreen, the consortial-quality, open-source Integrated Library System (ILS) originally developed for PINES, the resource-sharing network for over 270 libraries, provided by the Georgia Public Library Service.
Brad LaJeunesse, president of Equinox, commented, "Our first year in business has been terrific for us. We grew from four to ten employees, brought on our first customers from outside Georgia, and participated in several key releases of Evergreen software, while providing migration services and support to our new and existing customers. Our acquisitions services are in pre-alpha and due out this fall, while 2009 will bring even more services, such as serials and native self-check. This is a great time to be running an open source support and development company."
Many libraries have shown interest in Evergreen, and Equinox currently has 30 migrations planned through the end of 2008. Since July 2007, in addition to continuing to support PINES, Equinox Software has signed contracts for service with the British Columbia SITKA Consortium, the Michigan Library Consortium, Marshall (Mo.) Public Library, Kent County (Md.) Public Library, and University of Prince Edward Island. The Indiana State Library and the Hussey Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville, In.) have announced the Indiana Open Source ILS Initiative, which will use Evergreen.
The growth for Equinox Software, Inc. parallels an unprecedented focus on open source solutions within the library industry and elsewhere. Several studies in 2007 indicated that both open source adoption and businesses supporting open source are growing exponentially.
Evergreen is a consortial-quality, enterprise-grade, open-source integrated library system (ILS) initially created in 2006 to support Georgia PINES, a consortium of over 270 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 a growing consortium in British Columbia, Canada, and new implementations planned for the Michigan Library Consortium as well as libraries in Indiana.
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 enterprise-grade, 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 needs. Equinox also provides consulting services for libraries seeking more insight into the value proposition of open source software.
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Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen Logo are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.