Norcross, GA – July 29, 2008. Marshall (Mo.) Public Library has gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. Marshall Public Library is now the second library to opt for remote hosting of their Evergreen installation through Equinox Software Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen software. (Kent County Library in Maryland went live as an Equinox-hosted Evergreen site in June of 2008.) The entire migration process—from initial data mapping to going live—took only one month.
Amy Crump, director of Marshall Public Library, said, "We are very excited to join the growing number of libraries making the switch to Evergreen open-source library software. The [hosting] is beneficial to a small library like ours that lacks some of the resources of a larger institution." She added, "The staff will enjoy the intuitive nature of the Evergreen ILS -- it's obviously written the way librarians think, and is easy to navigate."
Crump also praised Evergreen’s innovative bookbags, which allow patrons and librarians to save and share lists of books and other library resources, and the staff patron interface, which puts all patron information on one easy-to-read page.
Equinox Software assisted with Marshall Public Library’s migration and will provide secure, stable, round-the-clock server hosting and support for the Marshall catalog from their Norcross headquarters.
Brad LaJeunesse, President of Equinox Software, commented, "Hosting is an excellent option for libraries with smaller collections and limited access to technical support. Hosting allows our support services to be 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.
Marshall Public Library’s new online catalog can be viewed at http://marshall.evergreencatalog.com. The main website for the library is http://www.marshallpublib.org/.
Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library system software. Evergreen was initially developed to support PINES, a resource-sharing consortium with over 270 public libraries. While Evergreen was 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 debut in September 2006, 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.