Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils choose Evergreen open source library management system

Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils choose Evergreen open source library management system
London, 16th February 2011
Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils have chosen the Evergreen open source library management system as a replacement for SirsiDynix Horizon. PTFS Europe are carrying out a full implementation and providing ongoing support. The system will be hosted at the PTFS Europe data centre in Maidenhead and is the first Evergreen installation in the UK.
Evergreen Library Management System
Evergreen was launched in September, 2006 in the State of Georgia’s PINES consortium, it now powers many hundreds of libraries of every type — public, academic, special, and school libraries — in many countries throughout the world. Evergreen is highly scalable and has an active community that participates in all aspects of its development.
Evergreen supports all core modules; acquisitions, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports, as well as providing an excellent OPAC capable of searching across a consortium or individual libraries.
Working with PTFS Europe provides Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils with the freedom and functionality of open source software together with the benefits of first class customer support.
Robert Ruthven, Information, Library and Archives Service Manager at Stirling Council said “This open source solution offers a cost-effective way forward in sharing services at a time of unprecedented financial pressure on local authorities. The innate flexibility of the software and the rapid pace of development supported by library services across the globe will allow us to do so much more for less, enabling us to provide an enhanced, adaptable library and information service that meets the needs of our customers.
About Stirling Council Library Service
Stirling Council Information, Libraries & Archives provides library services to 88,740 residents via 16 community libraries, 2 mobile libraries, Outreach Services and Young Peoples’ Services. Stirling is a rural authority of 848 square miles with an average population density of 104 persons per square mile, therefore many users are not within easy reach of a community library.
The SirsiDynix Horizon Library Management System is currently used. Other products which link to the library management system are the Insight ICAM PC Booking System, RFID self-issue systems provided by Intellident and Bibliotecha and the BlueSocket WiFi Management System. Library members are offered on-line resources such as NewsUk, KnowUk and Britannica Online as well as downloadable audiobooks from WF Howes. Stirling is the only library authority in Scotland to offer wifi access in all community libraries. Currently the library service is exploring e-books provision and plans greater use of Web 2.0 technology to deliver more tailored services to users. Non-members can join on-line and gain instant access to our catalogue and online services. The move to Evergreen gives us the opportunity to increase services we offer to our users and to work more closely with other library authorities such as East Dunbartonshire.
Mark Grant, Leisure and Cultural Services Manager, at East Dunbartonshire Council said “Co-operating with Stirling Council through the use of this open source solution offers a practical demonstration of the way in which sharing resources can be mutually beneficial, providing a first class service to the public while reducing costs substantially at a time when all local authorities are facing significant financial challenges. Using software with built-in flexibility will enable us to develop our services whilst keeping costs under control, enabling us to meet the changing needs of the users of our service.
About East Dunbartonshire Council Library Service
East Dunbartonshire Council has 8 libraries with a stock of 234,480 items, 22,251 active members and annual issues of 556,525. These 8 libraries serve a population of 105,460. East Dunbartonshire covers 77 square miles, and the population density is 1,369 people per square mile. There are four major towns in East Dunbartonshire: Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie, and a number of smaller communities, including some remote communities in the Campsie Fells.
The SirsiDynix Horizon Library Management System is currently used. Other products in use in East Dunbartonshire Libraries include the iCam Booking system, and downloadable audio-books provided by WF Howes. Library members are offered online resources such as KnowUK, NewsUK, Britannica Online, and through the online catalogue, requests and renewal services.
Keith Shell, Business Development Manager at PTFS Europe said “We would like to thank the teams at Stirling and East Dunbartonshire Councils for showing the vision and initiative for making this decision to implement the Evergreen system. The tough economic climate that we all face is proving to be a catalyst for change as libraries seek to reduce cost and deliver improved efficiency. The present climate is also encouraging libraries to consider a shared service approach by establishing consortia. This allows participating authorities to benefit from a combination of excellent software functionality and the ability to significantly reduce costs.
About PTFS Europe
PTFS Europe implements and supports the Koha and Evergreen open source library management systems as well as distributing and supporting the ArchivalWare digital archiving solution. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement the systems, ranging from project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, training and software development through to hosting and ongoing customer support.
More information on PTFS Europe:
Any questions please contact: Keith Shell:, +44 (0) 7595 727357

OSS LMS does well in 2009 Survey

Marshall Breeding has published his 2009 LMS survey of installed and turned over systems.
If these numbers are right, there were 634 installed systems in 2009
Of these, 265 were Koha or Evergreen, that’s 42%
In total, though, 307 were OSS LMS, that’s 48%
The biggest other player was SirsiDynix Symphony with 84 installations (13%), of which 72 of these were from Dynix and Horizon (their legacy systems).
After that, it was Apollo with 44 (7%).
I know these figures aren’t statistically absolutely accurate (and very North America biased) but, even still, these are impressive numbers for OSS LMS! I imagine they are indicative.
Going the other way, looking at the largest replaced systems, Dynix comes in top with 101 and Horizon second with 96, no real surprise there. Unicorn has 27.
Koha – Liblime has 26 but, all but one, stuck with OSS and moved to another provider. No one left Evergreen.

Equinox Software and PTFS Europe Form Evergreen Partnership

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.”
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. 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
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
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
Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.