National Weather Center Library Goes Live With Evergreen

January 21 , 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Norcross, GA – January 21, 2009

The National Weather Center Library, located on the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma, has gone live with Evergreen open-source library automation software. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, provided bumper-to-bumper support for the migration and is now providing 24/7 data hosting and support.

Ginny Dietrich, director of the National Weather Center Library, praised the migration process, noting that "Evergreen has a streamlined interface and more enhanced subject searching options than our previous catalog software." The new catalog also seamlessly integrates with the library's 3M self-check system, demonstrating Evergreens' interoperability with a wide variety of traditional and cutting-edge library services.

"The National Weather Center Library is a prime example of Evergreen's flexibility and strength," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "This special library joins almost 300 public, academic, and school libraries running Evergreen. Their decision to host their data with Equinox gives the National Weather Center peace of mind and the ability to focus on doing what they do best—delivering their unique, nationally-significant services."

The National Weather Center is a cooperative effort of state, federal and academic organizations dedicated to improving understanding of the Earth's atmosphere.  The NWC Library supports the educational, research, outreach, and operations missions carried out by the organizations in the National Weather Center, and also supports the wider meteorological community in Oklahoma.  The library has approximately 4,000 bibliographic items and is on the web at http://library.nwc.ou.edu/. Their new online catalog can be viewed at http://nws.evergreencatalog.com.

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 meets 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 releases that have further strengthened Evergreen's consortial qualities while adding popular and useful functionality. The 2.0 release, due out mid-2009, will feature acquisitions, serials, and reserves.

From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has earned 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 consortial projects such as Michigan Evergreen, Evergreen Indiana, and British Columbia SITKA, and libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, and the University of Prince Edward Island. 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. Equinox works closely with each library and consortium to ensure Evergreen's implementation is tailored to their unique needs. In addition to support, custom development, and integration services, Equinox offers complete hosting packages for libraries wishing to outsource their Evergreen 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 registered trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.