Grand Rapids to Host International Evergreen Conference



GRAND RAPIDS (November 9, 2009) Grand Rapids, Michigan has been selected as the site of the 2010 Evergreen International Conference. The conference will take place April 21-23, 2010 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The conference is co-hosted by the Grand Rapids Public Library and Equinox Software.

Evergreen is an open-source Integrated Library System software initially created by the Georgia Public Library Service. Evergreen is used in libraries to help library patrons find library materials, and help libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries. First launched in September, 2006, Evergreen, continues to grow rapidly and will enrich over 600 libraries of every type- public, academic, special, school, and even tribal and home libraries- in 5 countries worldwide by the end of December 2009. Evergreen has an active community that participates in its coding, documentation, and direction of the project.

The second annual Evergreen conference will bring together library administrators, front- line staff and technology experts to discuss and grow the software. The conference will feature a hackfest, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and lightning talks. Program proposals for the breakout sessions are being accepted now through December 15, 2009. To submit a proposal or for a complete schedule of events, visit

The three-day conference registration cost is $135. Early bird registration rates and special room rates are available on the website. For more information visit or call 1-877-673-6457.

The Grand Rapids Public Library connects people to the transforming power of knowledge. For more information about GRPL, visit or call 616-988-5400.

Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled professionals who provide comprehensive support for Evergreen, the constorial, 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 Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.

Contact: Kristen Corrado 616.988.5402, ext. 5438

Dawn Roberts 877.673.6457 ext. 5577