Norcross, GA -- September 29, 2008. The National Weather Center Library has selected Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software, as their next-generation integrated library system (ILS). In preparation, they have signed a contract with Equinox Software, Inc. for complete data migration. After the Evergreen catalog has gone live, Equinox will continue to serve the library with technical support as well as full-service data hosting.
"Evergreen is flexible enough to ably meet the needs of libraries of all sizes and types," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "We welcome this opportunity to serve the National Weather Center Library. As our third hosted Evergreen library, they also have peace of mind knowing that their data is safe with us, regardless of weather or other events."
National Weather Center Library Director Ginny Dietrich commented, "I look forward to working with Evergreen and Equinox to develop a new catalog for the NWC Library that will better support the research and educational needs of our users and be more easily accessible to everyone who visits our library, in person or on the web."
Located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the National Weather Center is a cooperative effort of state, federal and academic organizations dedicated to improving our understanding of the Earth's atmosphere. The NWC Library supports the education, research, outreach, and operations missions carried out by the organizations in the National Weather Center, and also supports the wider meteorological community in Oklahoma. The library currently has 9,000 bibliographic items. The library is on the web at http://library.nwc.ou.edu/ .
Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library system software. Evergreen was initially developed to support Georgia 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 Michigan Library Consortium, the Indiana Open Source Initiative, British Columbia SITKA, 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://evergreen-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.