Haines (Alaska) Evergreen Catalog Unites Four Local Organizations



Norcross, GA - July 17, 2009

Haines Borough Public Library in Haines, Alaska has gone live with Evergreen, the highly scalable, open-source library automation software. Equinox Software Inc., "The Evergreen Experts," oversaw data migration and software configuration, and will provide round-the-clock ongoing technical support.

The Haines library catalog is part of a cooperative partnership among the public library, the Haines Elementary Media Center, the Haines High School Library, and the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Their new Evergreen catalog unites the catalog records of all four organizations for a seamless discovery experience for the Haines population while preserving the policies and procedures for each institution.

Ann Myren, Project Coordinator, said, "Our patrons will be pleased to have the opportunity to manage their library accounts online, not to mention the fast and easy searching capability. And of course, staff is looking forward to exploring all the new options they'll have as well. It's just an exciting project for everyone."

"Evergreen's scalability means it is a great fit for any size library or consortia. This gives libraries opportunities for growth and flexibility, such as this innovative union catalog for these four organizations," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president.

The Tlingit Indians who originally settled the Chilkat Valley around Haines called the area "Dei-Shi" which means "End of the Trail." In 1879, a Presbyterian minister came to the area to establish a school and a mission and named it in honor of Francina Haines who had been the chairwoman of the fund raising committee for its construction. The new catalog combined catalog has over 56,000 bibliographic records.

About Evergreen

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.

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-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. 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, corinne@esilibrary.com, 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.