Norcross, GA -- June 8, 2009. Natural Resources Canada Library, a 13-library organization providing services to one of the largest science-based departments in the Government of Canada, has gone live with the first phase of their migration to Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. This migration includes the seven locations for NRCan Library’s Canadian Forestry Center Library as well as two locations for their Energy, Minerals, and Metals Information Centre. Equinox Software Inc, the support and development company for Evergreen, oversaw the migration of the 300,000 bibliographic records and is providing ongoing 24/7 technical support.
The second phase of the migration will take place in the fall of 2009. NRCan Library, which has been using two separate integrated library systems, has opted to migrate in phased deployments. Once complete, there will be approximately 500,000 bibliographic records on the new combined catalog.
"One of the positives about moving to Evergreen is that you don't have to be worried as much about the future of your ILS," said George Duimovich, Systems Librarian. "We also like the fact that Evergreen has an established presence amongst Canadian academic and public libraries."
"With over 100 library systems running Evergreen, Natural Resources Canada is joining a stable, growing trend. Open source makes excellent fiscal sense over both the short and long run," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. LaJeunesse added, "We are delighted to watch the Evergreen community grow and diversify. Equinox is providing services to public, academic, and special libraries worldwide."
About Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) was created in 1995 through Canada’s Department of Natural Resources Act. NRCan, which employs about 4,200 people, specializes in earth sciences and in the sustainable development and use of natural resources, such as energy, forests, and minerals and metals. The NRCan libraries are distributed across Canada, with five libraries in the Ottawa area. Their website is at http://www.nrcan.gc.ca
Evergreen is powerful, highly scalable open-source library software. Best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, Evergreen also elegantly scales down to the smallest library sites.
Since its debut in September 2006 as the software powering the 270-plus libraries of the Georgia PINES consortium, Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Evergreen now supports hundreds of libraries of every type—public, academic, special, and school media—in 12 states and 2 countries.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled professionals who provide comprehensive support for Evergreen software. Equinox develops, supports, trains, migrates, integrates, and consults on Evergreen, and engages with the rapidly expanding Evergreen community. Equinox also offers hosting packages for libraries that prefer not to maintain local servers.
For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.