Evergreen (the open source ILS software) gives me hope, and I see more “greening” of LibraryLand. So as I shake and shiver through this nasty brain-sucking cold (it’s hard to get creative when I wake up sounding like a vacuum cleaner), here’s yet more link love today!
- “The pilot group for the Michigan Evergreen project will be finalized by February 1.” Michigan Evergreen is “an open source ILS project of the Michigan Library Consortium and the Grand Rapids Public Library.”
- Indiana State Library is launching an investigation into using Evergreen statewide.
- British Columbia is bringing up another Evergreen library system in early February: Powell River. BC also plans to bring up at least a dozen library systems in 2008 on their Evergreen instance. Equinox will be providing support and migration services.
- Evergreen is currently in use by Georgia Library PINES, a consortium of 270 public libraries. Additionally, libraries in British Columbia have committed to migrating to Evergreen, and Prince Rupert Library and Fort Nelson Public Library have already put Evergreen into production. Laurentian University is also committed to Evergreen and is collaborating with GPLS, British Columbia, McMaster University, and the University of Windsor on an Acquisitions/Serials module. Also, Kent County Public Library is in line to become the first Evergreen-powered library in Maryland, and the Michigan Library Consortium and Grand Rapids Public Library are working together to develop a shared library system using Evergreen. [This last para shamelessly stolen from the Evergreen about page]
This is not to say that Koha doesn’t give me hope — LibLime just signed WALDO, a consortium of small academics in Westchester County — but from the perspective of a state where the catalogs are as big as heffalumps, I’m looking for hope on a larger scale.