Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville) is Indiana’s first public library to convert to the Evergreen open-source integrated library system (ILS). Hussey-Mayfield is 1 of 19 Indiana public libraries selected to receive the initial Evergreen installation. Most of the costs for Evergreen installation and ongoing system maintenance are funded by the Indiana State Library through Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants.
"The Indiana State Library is excited to share in the announcement of Hussey-Mayfield’s adoption of Evergreen. They have worked very hard over the last year to bring our shared vision of utilizing Evergreen to give Indiana libraries a robust and sustainable ILS option," said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. "Going forward, the Evergreen Indiana consortium will provide the vehicle that best meets the needs of Indiana public libraries and the citizens they serve."
The Indiana State Library, in coordination with the Hussey-Mayfield, began investigating in 2007 the development of an open-source ILS program based upon the Georgia Evergreen model. Evergreen was developed using open-source software by the Georgia Public Library Service. The enterprise-class library automation system helps library patrons find library materials, and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries.
"Customers will find Evergreen to be easy to use and the new catalog software will offer many popular features," said Martha Catt, Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library Director. "For instance, individuals can keep a personal list of what they have read or want to read, and may share the list with friends and others via the library’s catalog."
The potential savings for the taxpayer and the convenience for the library user is what attracted the staff at the Indiana State Library to pursue this as a viable initiative for Indiana public libraries. Evergreen Indiana is expected to collectively save Indiana’s 238 public libraries about $15 million per year after most of the public libraries in this state are involved.
"The Indiana library community needs to find viable ways to save tax dollars and this project will not only conserve scarce resources, but also enhance their ability to share resources with one another," said Brooker. "Eventually, access to the 24 million items owned by Indiana’s public libraries will be just a click away for patrons of participating public libraries."
Going forward, the Indiana Evergreen consortium will admit new members twice a year. Indiana public libraries interested in joining the Evergreen Indiana consortium should submit the Membership Agreement and Code of Ethics by May 1 or November 1, 2009.
If your library is interested in taking part in the project or learning more about Evergreen, visit http://www.in.gov/library/5592.htm or contact Catherine Lemmer at clemmer@library.IN.gov or (317) 234-6536.