Norcross, GA — September 21, 2009. Thirteen libraries in Texas have gone live with Evergreen, the robust, highly scalable open-source library automation software, creating a shared Evergreen catalog representing nearly 100,000 registered users. 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.
The newly-formed North Texas Library Consortium (NTLC) is a resource-sharing project by the North Texas Regional Library System. This is the first known shared Evergreen catalog in Texas.
Adam Wright, Executive Director of the North Texas Library Partners, said, "The North Texas Regional Library System is excited for its member libraries moving to Evergreen. Each community served by this consortium will realize a large value in the sharing of the resources between them. Each library director should be commended and held up as a hero. They truly inspire me!"
"NTLC not only gets the benefits of Evergreen’s excellent feature set, but can now grow as big as they need to," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "With Evergreen, the big Texas sky is the limit."
About the North Texas Regional Library System
NTRLS is one of the 10 regional library systems which, along with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, make up the Texas State Library System. The regional systems exist to promote and assist the development of strong community libraries. NTRLS is responsible for setting policies and procedures for the services it provides to member libraries, but each member library remains autonomous. Current members of NTRLS include over 70 public library entities in the 20-county region.
Evergreen is robust, highly scalable open-source library software. While Evergreen is 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.
Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service. 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, 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. 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.
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