NORCROSS, Ga. -- February 2, 2009. Fulton County Public Library is the 19th library to go live on the Evergreen Indiana shared catalog since migrations began in late August, 2008. Evergreen Indiana, administered by the Indiana State Library, is powered by the increasingly popular Evergreen open source library automation software. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company established by the original Evergreen developers, provided bumper-to-bumper support for the migrations and is providing round-the-clock ongoing technical support for the shared Evergreen Indiana catalog. Alpha-G Consulting assisted with data migration.
Linn Landis, Fulton County Public Library Director, called Evergreen a "great present" for her library, adding, "In these hard economic times not having to pay a $20,000 annual fee for automated circulation system maintenance is very appealing." Commenting on Evergreenís user-friendly resource sharing functions and the shared Evergreen Indiana catalog, Landis said, "This also gives our customers more access to items that we do not have in our collection." Landis also praised Evergreenís "preminders," which are courtesy messages that notify patrons before books are due.
"In tough times, shared catalogs make even more sense," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "Evergreenís industrial-strength back end and its inherently strong resource-sharing functions make it the only natively consortial catalog. For growing Evergreen Indiana, the skyís the limit."
Fulton County Public Library has 16,000 patrons and over 100,000 bibliographic items. The new online catalog for all the Evergreen Indiana Libraries can be viewed at http://evergreen.lib.in.us , and the project page for Evergreen Indiana is http://www.in.gov/library/5592.htm .
Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library software initially developed to support Georgia PINES, a resource-sharing consortium with over 270 public libraries. Evergreen was designed from the ground up to be robust, fault-tolerant, service-oriented, and standards-based. Evergreen nimbly evolves to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, while elegantly scaling down to the smallest library sites.
The growing, multinational Evergreen development community has shepherded Evergreen through a series of carefully-planned releases that have further strengthened Evergreenís consortial capabilities while adding popular and useful functionality. Evergreen 2.0, due out in 2009, will add acquisitions, serials, and reserves to Evergreenís outstanding functionality.
From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include consortial projects such as Michigan Evergreen and British Columbia SITKA, and libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, the National Weather Center Library, and the University of Prince Edward Island. King County Library System, a public library system in Washington State, has also contracted with Equinox Software for Evergreen development. 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.
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Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.