Norcross, GA -- March 3, 2009. Noble County Public Library is the twentieth public library to go live on Evergreen Indiana, a shared-catalog project of the Indiana State Library powered by Evergreen, the consortial-quality 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 now providing round-the-clock ongoing technical support. Alpha-G Consulting assisted with data migration.
According to Sandy Petrie, Director of Noble County Public Library, "We are very grateful for this opportunity to join Evergreen. With the slow economy and tighter budgets, Evergreen is allowing us to give our patrons enhanced services while vastly reducing our expenses. The product and the timing could not be better."
"Open source software offers peace of mind and the knowledge that you can demonstrate your purchase is a smart decision," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "This is code you can see, download, and examine—no hidden secrets, no bad surprises. Plus the history of Evergreen underscores its most important feature: no matter how big or small the library, it just works."
Noble County Public Library has three branches located in Albion, Avilla, and Cromwell. Together these branches serve 14,000 patron and hold 72,000 bibliographic items. The new Noble County Public Library online catalog and the complete Evergreen Indiana shared catalog can be viewed at http://evergreen.lib.in.us.
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 Evergreen’s consortial capabilities while adding popular and useful functionality. Evergreen 2.0, due out in 2009, will add acquisitions, serials, and reserves to Evergreen’s 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. Other libraries contracting with Equinox software for Evergreen services include King County Library System—a public library system in Washington State—and the thirteen libraries of Natural Resources Canada. A number of libraries "go it alone" with Evergreen by providing their own migration and support, which further demonstrates the power, ease, and reliability of this state-of-the-art library software.
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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