INDIANAPOLIS – The Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, Jackson County Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Mooresville Public Library and Plainfield-Guilford Twp Public Library went live yesterday with Evergreen, an integrated library system (ILS) that holds the records of all of the library patrons, circulation transactions, and collection items. These five libraries are among the first eight Indiana libraries to migrate to Evergreen. A total of 19 Indiana libraries are on track for the initial Evergreen installation taking place now through January 2009.
The Indiana State Library, in coordination with the Hussey-Mayfield Public Library (Zionsville), 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 Evergreen Indiana Consortium chose Evergreen for its scalability. Back in 2007, it was unknown whether 1, 10, or 100 Indiana libraries would participate in the initiative. However, a good indication that Evergreen was capable of meeting Indiana’s needs was the nearly seamless conversion of hundreds of Georgia public libraries to Evergreen.
"The State Library was impressed by the continued growth and development of the Evergreen software itself, and its flexibility to meet the individual needs of the local library," said Roberta Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. "Evergreen was developed by the library community and possesses many user-friendly modules and applications that best suit the needs of libraries."
In addition to Evergreen’s many benefits for libraries and patrons, the potential savings for the taxpayer also attracted the Indiana State Library to pursue this as a viable initiative for Indiana libraries. Evergreen Indiana will collectively save Indiana’s 238 public libraries approximately $15 million per year should most of Indiana’s public libraries become involved. Much of the costs for the Evergreen installation and ongoing system maintenance are funded by the State Library through Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants.
"The Indiana Library community needs to find viable ways to save tax dollars and this project will not only conserve scarce resources but will also enhance their ability to share resources with one another," said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. "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."
Learn more about Evergreen Indiana by visiting http://www.in.gov/library/5592.htm.