Atlanta, GA —July 9, 2012. LYRASIS and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS), a non-profit membership cooperative serving libraries in Michigan and Indiana, are pleased to announce a new partnership to host the Evergreen Open Source Integrated Library System (ILS) for six MCLS member libraries. The LYRASIS-hosted site is already live and will run through 2015, with LYRASIS providing 24-hour support and administration.
The six MCLS libraries are Branch District Library, Niles District Library, Barryton Public Library, Darcy Library of Beulah, Laingsburg Public Library and Oscoda County Library. The Evergreen ILS is a cost-efficient and fully customizable system that also allows participating libraries to contribute to the wider open source community. This system can be expanded to accommodate other Michigan libraries. LYRASIS is heavily involved with library open source systems, notably through LYRASIS Technology Services and the FOSS4LIB website, a program designed to support open source decisions for libraries and funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
MCLS Executive Director Randy Dykhuis states "We are very pleased that MCLS was able to partner with LYRASIS to provide our members with a cost-effective and member-focused hosting solution for the Michigan Evergreen Project." He continues, "LYRASIS handled the migration process very well; we were impressed by how quickly and efficiently issues were handled. We think our libraries will be very satisfied by this arrangement."
Kate Nevins, Executive Director of LYRASIS, says of the partnership "This important partnership with MCLS enables LYRASIS to serve libraries' technology needs through Open Source hosting and support."
For more information about the participating libraries, and to view and search the Evergreen catalogs of the six participating MCLS libraries, visit the sites below.
- Branch District Library http://bdl.michiganevergreen.org
- Barryton Public Library http://bpl.michiganevergreen.org
- Darcy Library of Beulah http://dlb.michiganevergreen.org
- Laingsburg Public Library http://lpl.michiganevergreen.org
- Niles District Library http://ndl.michiganevergreen.org
- Oscoda County Library http://ocl.michiganevergreen.org
LYRASIS partners with member libraries to create, access and manage information, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing library and technology operations, and increasing buying power. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.
About Midwest Library Collaborative for Library Services
MCLS is a non-profit membership organization comprised of all types of libraries in Indiana and Michigan. MCLS provides libraries a convenient, single point of contact for training, group purchasing, and technical support for electronic resources. MCLS saves member libraries time and money. For more information about MCLS, visit http://mlc.lib.mi.us/cms/sitem.cfm.
The Evergreen Project develops an open source ILS (integrated library system) used by approximately 800 libraries. The software, also called Evergreen, is used by libraries to provide their public catalog interface as well as to manage back-of-house operations such as circulation (checkouts and checkins), acquisition of library materials, and (particularly in the case of Evergreen) sharing resources among groups of libraries.
The Evergreen Project was initiated by the Georgia Public Library System in 2006 to serve their need for a scalable catalog shared by (as of now) approximately 250 public libraries in the state of Georgia. After Evergreen was released, it has since been adopted by a number of library consortia in the US and Canada as well as various individual libraries, and has started being adopted by libraries outside of North America.
The Evergreen development community is relatively small, with about nine active committers and roughly 50 individuals who have contributed patches (as of March 10th, 2011). However, the Evergreen community is also marked by a high degree of participation by the librarians who use the software and contribute documentation, bug reports, and organizational energy. As such, Evergreen is very much about both the developers *and* the users.