Norcross, GA -- October 15, 2008. The public libraries of Colfax-Perry Township, Jackson County, Lebanon, Mooresville, and Plainfield-Guilford Township have gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. The successful migration of these libraries is part of a process that will see a total of 15 new libraries running Evergreen by the end of 2008 as part of Indiana Evergreen, a shared-catalog project administered by the Indiana State Library. Hussey-Mayfield, Adams, and Union Public Libraries have already made the transition and are live with the software. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, provided bumper to bumper support for the migrations.
"We're pleased to see the Evergreen Indiana project growing so quickly and yet so smoothly," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "From its start in the hundreds of libraries in Georgia PINES, Evergreen has proven to be an industrial-strength ILS capable of supporting the indexing, transaction, de-duping, and other core functions only found in the best consortial-quality library software. Indiana’s libraries are about to join our open source success story."
Colfax-Perry Township Public Library is the smallest of the five libraries with just over 500 patrons and 22,200 bibliographic items. Jackson County has the highest patron count with 24,000 library members and Plainfield-Guilford has the largest collection with 127,250 bibliographic items. The new online catalog for all the Indiana Evergreen Libraries can be viewed at http://evergreen.lib.in.us .
Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library software initially developed to support Georgia PINES, a resource-sharing consortium with over 270 public libraries. Evergreen was designed from the ground up to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, yet its robust, fault-tolerant architecture elegantly scales down to the smallest sites. Evergreen is also adaptive software that due to its service-oriented, standards-compliant design can nimbly evolve to meet changing library needs and user expectations.
From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has consistently outperformed expectations and resulted in acclaim and praise from users worldwide. Evergreen has received significant attention, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include the Michigan Library Consortium, British Columbia SITKA, and several smaller implementations, such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland and Marshall Public Library in Missouri. For more information about Evergreen, visit http://evergreen-ils.org
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled developers and other 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. Instead of one-size-fits-all support, Equinox works closely with libraries to ensure Evergreen is implemented in the manner that best fits their individual needs.
In addition to support, custom development and integration services, Equinox offers complete Evergreen hosting packages for libraries wishing to outsource their ILS infrastructure. Equinox also provides consulting services for libraries seeking more insight into the value proposition of open source software.