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PaILS/SPARK Ends 2015 with New Additions

December 21st, 2015 by


Duluth, Georgia–December 21, 2015

As we close out a busy 2015, Equinox would like to announce a few new libraries that migrated recently to Evergreen in Pennsylvania.  Shenandoah Area Free Public Library in Shenandoah has joined the PaILS/SPARK Consortium along with Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library in Schuylkill Haven and Tamaqua Public Library in Tamaqua.

Shenandoah serves 2,025 patron with around 14,400 circulating items. Schuylkill Haven serves 5,624 patrons with almost 49,000 items.  Lastly, Tamaqua boasts almost 36,000 items to serve its 7,655 patrons.  There is a popular misconception that Evergreen is only useful for very large libraries and that simply isn’t true.  The truth is:  Evergreen is highly scalable for any library.  These smaller libraries will benefit from being part of the shared network of libraries that PaILS and SPARK have created.

Robert Sluzis, Director of the Shenandoah Area Free Public Library, had this to share about the recent migration:  “Shenandoah’s migration to SPARK went very well.  We have all been preparing for months and were very pleased with the easy use of the system with its wide range of capabilities.  All staff members went to different libraries to get hands on experience to prepare for our big day.  All the support we received, and continue to receive from Erica, Galen, Mark and Mary helped us to transition smoothly. We are looking forward to exploring the system and using it for many years.”

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

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 about PaILS and SPARK, please visit

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


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