Duluth, GA — September 18, 2012. North Central Michigan College has gone live on Koha just in time to welcome back students for the fall semester. Equinox Software oversaw data migration and training services. ESI will also host the servers for the new system and provide ongoing technical support.
NCMC is located in Petoskey, Michigan and currently has an enrollment of 3,000 students. The library houses 34,400 bibliographic titles and supports the academic programs of the school and community.
According to Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox President, "Academic libraries are turning more and more to open source products not just for the cost savings but for the increased flexibility and added benefit to their students. We have enjoyed working with North Central Michigan College and look forward to continuing to assist them with supporting their installation."
"We look forward to showcasing our library collection using Koha, and to be able to take advantage of an open source ILS that can be tailored to meet our specific needs. The Equinox staff has worked with us to help us feel confident that we are not only enhancing the patron user experience, but that of our staff," says NCMC Librarian, Eunice Teel.
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha's OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development service. For more information on Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Founded in 2007 by the original Evergreen developers, Equinox remains deeply committed to being an active and enthusiastic voice in the open source community. Equinox's unparalleled depth of knowledge regarding libraries and library data is reflected in our services which include implementation, development, support, hosting, and educational services for both Evergreen and Koha software. For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.