A Trio! A Treat! Evergreen Indiana Launches Three More Libraries

January 27 , 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Norcross, GA – January 27, 2009

Three more libraries—Hamilton North, North Webster Community, and Ladoga-Clark Township—have joined the fifteen public libraries now live on Evergreen Indiana, a shared-catalog project of the Indiana State Library. Evergreen Indiana is powered by Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company established by the original Evergreen developers, provided bumper-to-bumper support for the migrations and is providing round-the-clock ongoing technical support.

Indiana State Librarian Roberta L. Brooker said, "Patrons of Evergreen Indiana member libraries will benefit from expanded library services at no additional cost to taxpayers." Brooker added, "The success of the Evergreen Indiana consortium, currently 37 members strong and growing, has encouraged more public libraries statewide to investigate the benefits of Evergreen."

"Evergreen, built from the ground up to thrive in the most daunting consortial environments, has the resilience and power to keep pace with Indiana’s needs," said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. "Not only does this open source software offer many features popular with patrons and library staff, it's a fiscally-sound product that you know you aren’t going to outgrow. Evergreen is alligator rough and tough."

Hamilton North Public Library has two branches located in the Indiana towns of Atlanta and Cicero. These branches serve approximately 7,000 patrons and have 74,500 bibliographic records. North Webster Community Public Library has 38,500 bibliographic records and 4,800 patrons. Ladoga-Clark Township Public Library has 17,000 bibliographic records and serves 1,000 patrons. The Evergreen Indiana shared catalog can be viewed 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, 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. 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, 770-709-5571

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.