Norcross, GA — October 12, 2009. Equinox Software Inc. and Biblibre are pleased to announce a partnership for Evergreen support in Europe. Evergreen, the consortial, open source library automation software, has an increasingly strong presence in North America, with many Evergreen libraries contracting for support and other services through Equinox Software. The partnership between Equinox Software and Biblibre provides a local company to assist European libraries with Evergreen implementations and technical support.
Bob Molyneux, Equinox Software Vice President of Business Development says ""We are very pleased to be working with Biblibre in exploring options for Evergreen among its potential customers. Biblibre's work in open source, particularly with Drupal and Koha, has given it an enviable reputation in practical implementation of open source solutions in libraries."
Nicolas Morin, CEO of BibLibre, says "Equinox is a natural partner for us as we feel both companies share a good amount of the same DNA: a young and very rapidly growing company, founded by people coming in large part but not exclusively from within the library itself, who set up shop with a mission to support libraries with Open Source software. We've been successful with this in Europe in the last few years and Equinox has been equally successful in the US.
"We feel that this relationship significantly extends the network of OS vendors working together to foster OS software in libraries, thus giving us all, collectively, more expertise, more tools, more skills and more knowledge to better serve libraries: none of us is or indeed intends, I think, to because one of the vendor behemoth of libraryland, but collectively OS communities can nevertheless become a powerful presence in this realm and we feel that this partnership with Equinox is an important step in that direction".
Evergreen is powerful, 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.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.
Biblibre is located in France and has been supporting open source library software installations in Europe for the past five years. Their expertise and services have grown to include development, hosting, technical support, migration support, staff training and software maintenance.
For more information about Biblibre, see http://www.biblibre.com/english/
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, 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.
Press contact: Corinne Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-269-6113
Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.