Norcross, GA -- October 13, 2008. Union County (Ind.) Public Library has gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. Union County Public Library is the third library in Indiana to migrate to Evergreen, following Hussey-Mayfield Public Library and Adams Public Library. Fourteen other public libraries in Indiana are on track to migrate to Evergreen by the end of 2008 as part of Indiana Evergreen, a shared-catalog project administered by the Indiana State Library. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, provided bumper-to-bumper support during the process, while the Alpha-G consulting company assisted with data migration.
"Our whole community is excited about Evergreen Indiana," said Karen Kahl, director of Union County Public Library. She added, "Patrons are looking forward to being able to use their cards at other libraries, and they like the way the hold system works."
"We’re happy to see the Evergreen Indiana project growing so quickly and yet so smoothly," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "Evergreen was born in a large library consortium, and has the strength and features required by these special environments. Most library software, including Evergreen, performs well in libraries with one or several outlets. But Evergreen is up to the task of serving a project such as Evergreen Indiana, as well."
Union County Public Library has been serving residents since 1887, and became a public library in 1913 after the school board transferred it to the Stanley Memorial Building in Liberty, Indiana. Today, the library has 28,000 bibliographic items and serves over 5,000 patrons. Their website is http://www.union-county.lib.in.us and their new online catalog 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.