Norcross, GA – August 25, 2008. Burns Lake Public Library of the British Columbia SITKA Consortium has become the 8th library in the British Sitka consortium to go live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software.
Sharon Herbert, Project Manager for the Evergreen implementation project at BC SITKA, said, "British Columbia's strategic plan for libraries includes the goals of facilitating equitable access to information and encouraging collaboration and partnerships to improve service delivery in a cost-effective manner. Evergreen provides a solid foundation for us to achieve both of these goals."
Burns Lake Public Library’s migration to Evergreen is one more step in a process that will see at least seventeen SITKA libraries running Evergreen by the end of 2008. Two pilot libraries migrated in 2007.
Brad LaJeunesse, President of Equinox Software, commented, "The Burns Lake migration underscores the success of open source software in the library world." LaJeunesse added, "Evergreen got its start in a library, and that’s reflected in its flexibility, strength, and core functionality. Burns is just one of thirty migrations we’re doing in 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. Burns Public Library joins Prince Rupert, Fort Nelson, Powell River, Terrace, Whistler, Houston and Pemberton on the SITKA Evergreen system. The collective holdings for all eight libraries can be searched here: http://catalogue.bclibrary.ca The Burns library catalog can be viewed here: http://burnslake.catalogue.bclibrary.ca/
About Burns Lake Public Library
Burns Lake Public Library has served the Lakes district of British Columbia since 1944, when it was established with 150 books for its opening collection in a building heated by a wood stove. As of 2008, Burns Lake Public Library, now in its fifth home, has over 26,000 items and serves a growing community. The library features a beautiful aquatic mural in the stairwell leading to the children’s area.
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 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include the SITKA consortium in British Columbia, Canada, sites that are going live this fall in the Michigan Library Consortium, and several smaller implementations, such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland and Marshall Public Library in Missouri. 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 comprehensive 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.