Norcross, GA -- March 3, 2010. Natural Resources Canada Library (NRCan), has gone live with the second phase of their migration to Evergreen, the consortial open-source library automation software. Equinox Software Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, oversaw the migration and is providing ongoing 24/7 technical support. This new set of libraries joins those from the first phase of migrations which was completed over the summer.
The NRCan Libraries, which had been using two separate integrated library systems, opted to migrate in phased deployments. There are now approximately 500,000 bibliographic records on the new combined catalog.
With thirteen government libraries located across the country, NRCan seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canadaís natural resource through their goal of shared service initiatives between the governmentís IT staff, agency departments, and outside vendor partnerships.
According to George Duimovich, Manager of Library Applications for NRCan, "Evergreen is particularly well suited to the government library context. There are a number of 'shared services' initiatives in government IT, and being on the Evergreen platform has definite advantages for libraries which need flexibility and unrestricted partnership possibilities. At a time when the role of government libraries is being re-examined, we're able to maintain a level of innovation and change in tune with the circumstances, engaging both internal IT resources as well as independent, competitively sourced vendor support when required."
Brad LaJeunesse, CEO of Equinox, says "Government libraries have unique challenges and needs when considering an ILS. The flexibility of Evergreen made it an ideal choice for NRCan and the added convenience of now having all libraries running on the same system will be a huge benefit."
Evergreen is a robust, highly scalable, open-source integrated library system best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia.
Since its debut in September 2006, the software has sustained 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 over 500 libraries of every type-public, academic, special, and school media centers. Evergreenís rapidly expanding community is now known to power live installations in 5 countries including 10 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces.
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 services for Evergreen and Koha. These services include software development, consulting, legacy data migration, 24x7 technical support, and system hosting. Equinox also engages and supports a rapidly expanding open source community.
For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.
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