Norcross, GA – October 9, 2008. Midway Public Library has become the 10th library in British Columbia’s SITKA consortium to go live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software.
Midway Public Library’s migration to Evergreen is one more step in a process that will see up to 17 SITKA libraries running Evergreen by the end of 2008. Two pilot libraries migrated in 2007. Equinox Software Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, is providing ongoing 24/7 technical support for SITKA’s Evergreen implementations.
"We are delighted to see SITKA’s Evergreen implementations rise into the double-digits," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "SITKA’s commitment to Evergreen demonstrates the solid value proposition of open source."
SITKA is following a gradual approach to moving libraries over to Evergreen; libraries opt-in on their own schedule. Many libraries are anticipated to join over the next several years when their existing automation vendor contracts expire. Midway Public Library joins Prince Rupert, Fort Nelson, Powell River, Terrace, Whistler, Houston, Pemberton, Burns Lake Public Library, and Smithers Public Library on the SITKA Evergreen system. The collective holdings for all 10 libraries are at http://catalogue.bclibrary.ca and a description of SITKA can be found at http://sitka.bclibraries.ca/ .
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, and several smaller implementations, such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland and Marshall Public Library in Missouri. For more information about Evergreen, 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.