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Equinox Transitions to NonProfit to Benefit Libraries

Equinox Transitions to Nonprofit to Benefit Libraries

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Duluth, Georgia, January 12, 2017On January 1, 2017, Equinox Software, Inc., the premiere support and service provider for the Evergreen Integrated Library System, became Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc., a nonprofit corporation serving libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. This change comes after several years of consideration, evaluation of community needs, planning, and preparation.  The change allows Equinox to better serve its customers and communities by broadening its mission of bringing more open source technology to a wide array of institutions dedicated to serving the public good.

About the conversion from for-profit to nonprofit, Mike Rylander, president of the new Equinox Open Library Initiative said, “Everyone at Equinox is dedicated to the mission of helping libraries of all types adopt and use open source software.  We have been involved in this work for ten years now, and our move to become a nonprofit helps us further that mission.  Importantly, this change also matches more closely the cooperative, community-focused ethos of the open source technologies with which we work.  We could not be more excited to move forward in this new direction.”

Jason Etheridge, an Equinox founder, added, “In 2009, we wrote an open letter to the community called the Equinox Promise, where we pledged to adhere to ideas such as transparency, code sharing, maintaining a single code set, and, in general, working with and within the Evergreen and Koha communities.  This built on the original vision of Evergreen as software that should be open source for both philosophical and pragmatic reasons.  Equinox becoming a nonprofit is another promise, one with legal teeth, where our charitable purpose is put front and center.  I see no better way to participate in the gift culture known as open source, and in our Evergreen and Koha communities.”

While daily operations at Equinox will not change, company leaders highlight that going forward there will be new opportunities for service expansion and enhancement, as well as creative funding options for projects that enhance library services.  Grace Dunbar, Equinox Vice President, pointed out, “By becoming a nonprofit organization, Equinox will actually be able to do more and grow our service offerings to the library community.  I think it’s important to note we’re not changing our services—we still offer a complete suite of services for seamless migration, support, and development for open source software library software. However, by making the change to nonprofit we will be able to grow in a way that does not require a merger or acquisition with a proprietary software company and will allow us to integrate more resources into our mission.”

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About Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc.
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions.  As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software.  At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies.

Burnham Joins Bibliomation with Equinox Support

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Duluth, Georgia–December 15, 2016

The partnership between Equinox and Bibliomation continues to grow as Burnham Library was successfully migrated to Evergreen in mid-November.  Burnham is a single branch library located in Bridgewater, Connecticut.  Burnham serves just over 1,100 patrons with over 31,000 holdings.  This migration follows Milford Library’s successful migration in September.

Rogan Hamby, Equinox Data and Project Analyst, worked on this project and remarked, “It was great partnering with Bibliomation on this project and wonderful to see the confidence and enthusiasm that the Burnham staff displayed during their migration.  No one undertakes a migration lightly but they made it seem effortless.  I always love seeing libraries like Burnham join the larger Evergreen community.”

Sandra Neary, Burnham Library Director, added, “I only wish we could have become a part of Bibliomation and Evergreen well before now. This has been such a positive experience in every aspect.  Questions answered in a flash, every detail attended to in such a timely manner.  Evergreen and Bibliomation are a match made in heaven! We are so happy to have made this move and look forward to a long and happy relationship.”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

About Bibliomation

Bibliomation is Connecticut’s largest library consortium. Sixty public libraries and seventeen schools share an Evergreen system with centralized cataloging and a shared computer network. Bibliomation is Connecticut’s only open source consortium.  Members enjoy benefits beyond the ILS. Bibliomation offers top-notch cataloging, expert IT support, discounts on technology and library products, and regular trainings and workshops on a variety of topics. Non-members can take advantage of Bibliomation’s services as well. BiblioTech, OverDrive, and a wide range of consulting services are available.  For more information on Bibliomation, please visit http://www.biblio.org/.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1400 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.
For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

Pocono Mountain Public Library joins SPARK/PaILS

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Duluth, Georgia–November 16, 2016

Equinox is pleased to announce that SPARK is growing again!  Pocono Mountain Public Library in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania migrated to Evergreen in early November.  They join Eastern Monroe to form the Monroe County Libraries.  SPARK is managed by Pennsylvania Integrated Library System and has been using Evergreen since 2011.

Pocono Mountain Public Library consists of one branch serving 15,673 patrons with over 51,000 bib records.  The migration was managed by Barbara Cormack, Equinox Project Manager.  When asked about the migration, she remarked, “It has been a pleasure for me to work with the director and staff at Pocono Mountain Public Library. Their enthusiasm and support for the migration to Evergreen and the Spark consortium have ensured a smooth and successful transition to the new automation system.”

Ann Shincovich, Pocono Mountain Public Library Director and Project Manager, added, “Our library has been waiting for years to get a new ILS  and I was always concerned about cost and our ability to handle the overwhelming task of conversion. The PaILS Spark project with Equinox exceeded my hopes for a cost conscious ILS with a relatively seamless transition, excellent support and training, and really solid hand-holding. The Equinox team was equally good with the big issues related to analyzing data and constructing the new system, as they were with answering all the little questions that plague conversion.  They completely understood all the weird little things that dictate our ILS needs, and really listened to all my concerns. Their systems people were great at sorting all the data into comprehensible bits, and spent a lot of time in data review. Tweaking the test data was a constant process and carried on until I was satisfied.  I knew my system better after all the time we spent in review than I did before! They even presented to me new setups that I didn’t  know I wanted or could have. They were very generous with sharing their knowledge of what could be done from their experience with other libraries.  They made it easier for me to feel like we were getting it right. They helped my staff feel like they could make it through because of their effective training. This is one of the best projects I’ve ever done and the Equinox people are outstanding. Rare is the vendor that is so thorough.”

The patrons are enjoying the new system and learning to use Evergreen.  One patron was quoted as saying, “I love it and it was easy.  The text alerts for holds are great to help me plan my time to come to the library.  I love the “My Account” to help me remember my reading.  It’s really great.”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you. For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.

About Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

PaILS is the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (ILS), a non-profit corporation that oversees SPARK, the open source ILS developed using Evergreen Open Source ILS.  PaILS is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. The SPARK User Group members make recommendations and inform the Board of Directors.  A growing number of libraries large and small are PaILS members.  For more information about PaILS and SPARK, please visit http://sparkpa.org/.

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1500 libraries around the world are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.  For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

Welcome, Andrea!

Equinox is excited to announce the newest member of our team:  Andrea Buntz Neiman!  Andrea has filled the position of Project Manager for Software Development and began work this week.  In her new role, she will coordinate with customers, developers, and other stakeholders to make sure everyone stays on the same page about development projects.

Andrea received her BA in Music at St. Mary’s College in Maryland before completing her MLS at University of Maryland College Park.  She worked at the Library of Congress for three years  on various special projects in the Music Division and Recorded Sound Section.  She then spent 11 years in public libraries.  Andrea has worked in almost every area of the public library world and has accumulated quite the Summer Reading Shirt collection.

In 2008, she helped her library migrate to Evergreen, making it the first (and so far only) public library in Maryland to use an open source ILS.  Grace Dunbar, Equinox Vice President, remarked; “I have been Andrea’s biggest fan ever since she gave an entire conference presentation on the many wonderful attributes of the Item Status screen.   The team at Equinox always been impressed with her work in the community and we are excited to have her as part of our amazing group.”

Andrea’s hobbies include gardening, cooking (and eating), shopping at thrift stores, sewing, and baseball.  She is a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan and is still nursing her heartbreak over their recent Wild Card loss.  She has every intention of learning to play the bass guitar some day.  

 
It has been truly inspiring seeing libraries around the world unite in strengthening Koha and Evergreen.

Galen
Infrastructure and Added Services Manager