Terrace Public Library of the British Columbia SITKA (formerly BC Pines) Consortium has followed Prince Rupert, Powell River, and Fort Nelson Public Libraries as the next facility to go live with Evergreen. In preparation, Equinox Software Inc. has been working closely with the consortium to provide comprehensive migration services and support, including database expertise, consultation, and system configuration.
The City of Terrace has a population of approximately 13,000 people and is located 550 miles northwest of Vancouver. The first library was founded in 1929 and has resided at its current location in Lower Little Park since 1969. It reported 210,195 circulations for 2006, the latest provincial data available.
Those who are interested can view the Terrace Public Library’s new OPAC at http://terrace.catalogue.bclibrary.ca/. Those who do might notice the continuing theme in the SITKA libraries of using interesting skins with a local theme. The figure at the top of Terrace Public Library’s OPAC is of an ancient Killer Whale that can be seen carved on a rock in Kitselas Canyon on the Skeena River. The drawing is believed to be about 10,000 years old and predates European settlement in the area by about 50 centuries. The Terrace Library is appreciative of the Kitselas band for giving them permission to use the design.
The migration of Terrace Public Library is the first step in a process that will see 14 other SITKA libraries transition to Evergreen during 2008 with the final two libraries, Mackenzie and Taylor Public Libraries, scheduled for early to mid-November 2008. At that time, the SITKA consortium will have 18 systems running Evergreen. British Columbia is following a gradual approach to moving libraries over to Evergreen as libraries will "opt-in" on their own schedule. Over the next three to five-year period it is expected that a high percentage of British Columbia libraries will participate as their contracts with their existing automation vendors expire. The SITKA OPAC is here: http://catalogue.bclibrary.ca. Watch it grow!