Evergreen Indiana Launches Two More Libraries, Bringing Total to 26

April 27 , 2009


Norcross, GA - April 27, 2009

Two more libraries in Indiana, Switzerland County Public Library and Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, have gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. 26 libraries are now live on Evergreen Indiana, a shared-catalog project of the Indiana State Library. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company established by the original Evergreen developers, provided bumper-to-bumper support for the migrations and is now providing round-the-clock ongoing technical support.

"Our staff is very impressed at how easy and intuitive the staff interface is," said Sonya Dintaman, director of the Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County. "They especially like having more than one path to any function." Shannon Phipps, Director of Switzerland County Public Library, added, "Patrons are excited about the new opportunities that Evergreen will provide" such as bookbags, easy hold functions, and overdue 'preminders.'"

"Evergreen Indiana now represents the collective presence of 3.5 million annual circulations," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "This demonstrates the power of Evergreen to unite librarians economically and effectively into mass consortia, giving libraries tremendous return on investment."

Switzerland County Public Library is located in Vevay, Indiana, along the banks of the Ohio River. They have 47,000 bibliographic items and serve approximately 5,200 patrons. Carnegie Public Library is located in the northeast corner of Indiana. They have 59,500 bibliographic titles and serve about 10,400 patrons. The shared catalog for Evergreen Indiana is at http://evergreen.lib.in.us.

About Evergreen

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 be robust, fault-tolerant, service-oriented, and standards-based. Evergreen nimbly evolves to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, while elegantly scaling down to the smallest library sites.

The growing, multinational Evergreen development community has shepherded Evergreen through a series of carefully-planned releases that have further strengthened Evergreen's consortial capabilities while adding popular and useful functionality. Evergreen 2.0, due out in 2009, will add acquisitions, serials, and reserves to Evergreen's outstanding functionality.

From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include consortial projects such as Michigan Evergreen and British Columbia SITKA, and libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, the National Weather Center Library, and the University of Prince Edward Island.

Other libraries contracting with Equinox software for future Evergreen services include King County Library System (a public library system in Washington State), the thirteen libraries of Natural Resources Canada, North Texas Regional Library System, and South Carolina LENDS, an 11-library consortium. A number of libraries "go it alone" with Evergreen by providing their own migration and support, which further demonstrates the power, ease, and reliability of this state-of-the-art library software.

For more information about Evergreen, 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 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.

Press contact: Corinne Hall, corinne@esilibrary.com, 678-269-6113

For more information on Equinox Software, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.