FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Norcross, GA – May 5, 2009
Equinox Software Inc. and PTFS Europe are pleased to announce a partnership for Evergreen software in Europe. Evergreen, the consortial-quality, open source library automation software, has an increasingly strong presence in North America, with many Evergreen libraries contracting for support and other services through Equinox Software. The partnership between Equinox Software and PTFS Europe provides European libraries the option of selecting a regional company with decades of experience in library management systems for local Evergreen implementations and ongoing support.
“Most libraries are simply not resourced to carry out a system migration or its ongoing support without further help. That is precisely what we can provide,” said Nick Dimant, Managing Director of PTFS Europe. Dimant added, “Embracing open source is about more than just the software. It is about a new way of working, an emphasis on partnership and collaboration with customers. In the current harsh economic climate the financial benefits of moving to open source are also clear.”
“We are delighted to work with Nick and the PTFS Europe team in supporting Evergreen in Europe,” said Bob Molyneux, Vice President of Business Development with Equinox Software. “We believe they will be a strong partner in extending the Evergreen community as it begins its expansion outside of North America.”
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. Over one hundred library systems are now running Evergreen, including consortial projects such as Michigan Evergreen, Evergreen Indiana, and British Columbia SITKA, as well as libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, the National Weather Center Library, and the University of Prince Edward Island.
Other libraries contracting with Equinox software for future Evergreen services include King County Library System (a public library system in Washington State), the thirteen libraries of Natural Resources Canada, North Texas Regional Library System, and South Carolina LENDS, an 11-library consortium. A number of libraries “go it alone” with Evergreen by providing their own migration and support, which further demonstrates the power, ease, and reliability of this state-of-the-art library software. For more information about Evergreen, see http://evergreen-ils.org.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe is implementing and supporting the Evergreen and Koha open source library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving solutions in North America. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a library or digital archival solution, including project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation, training and ongoing customer support. For libraries who would prefer to outsource their IT provision, PTFS can also host Evergreen via its Software as a Service (SaaS) facility.
For more information on PTFS Europe, see http://ptfs-europe.com/.
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.
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 trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.