Monday, November 17, 2008

Press Release for Evergreen Indiana at the Odon library

November 17, 2008

The Odon Winkelpleck Public Library will be closed Tuesday afternoon, November 25 for staff training on new circulation software and will open at 4:00 p.m. The library will also be closed on November 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
On December 8, 2008 the Odon Winkelpleck Public Library and four other Indiana public libraries will install a new integrated library system (ILS), called Evergreen, which will hold the records of all of the library patrons, circulation transactions, and collection items. The Odon library is one of 20 libraries selected by the Indiana State Library to receive the initial Evergreen installation and form the Evergreen Indiana Consortium. Patrons of Evergreen Indiana members will have access to materials at the other member libraries. Most of the costs for the Evergreen installation and ongoing system maintenance are funded by the State Library through Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants.
Odon Winkelpleck Public Library, Brownstown Public Library, Butler Public Library, Jennings County Public Library, and Melton Public Library (French Lick) will join the other Indiana public libraries already using Evergreen: Adams Public Library System (Decatur), Brazil Public Library, Colfax-Perry Township Public Library, Franklin County Public Library System, Hussey-Mayfield Public Library (Zionsville), Jackson County Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Mooresville Public Library, Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library and Union County Public Library. These pilot libraries are migrated from a variety of ILS systems and serve populations ranging from 1,500 to 35,000.
What turned the Evergreen Indiana Consortium on to Evergreen was its scalability. At the time, it was unknown whether one, 10, or 100 Indiana libraries would participate in the initiative. However, the nearly seamless conversion of hundreds of Georgia Pines member libraries to Evergreen was a good indication the software was capable of meeting Indiana’s needs.

“The State Library was impressed by the continued growth and development of the Evergreen software itself, and its flexibility to meet the individual needs of the local library,” said Roberta Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. “Evergreen was developed by the library community and possesses many user-friendly modules and applications that best suit the needs of libraries.”

The potential savings for the taxpayer and the convenience for the library user is what attracted the staff at the Indiana State Library to pursue this as a viable initiative for Indiana libraries. Evergreen Indiana is expected to collectively save Indiana’s 238 public libraries about $15 million per year after most of the public libraries in this state are involved.
“The Indiana Library community needs to find viable ways to save tax dollars and this project will not only conserve scarce resources but will also enhance their ability to share resources with one another,” said Brooker. “Eventually, access to the 24 million items owned by Indiana’s public libraries will be just a click away for patrons of participating public libraries.”
In March 2008, over 100 libraries (including public libraries representing 59.5% of Indiana’s population) submitted a “letter of intent” indicating an interest to participate in the initial discussion among Indiana libraries of how an open-source ILS might be of value to libraries. On August 25, Hussey-Mayfield became the first pilot library to migrate to Evergreen Indiana. By January 2009, 19 pilot libraries will be using Evergreen. An additional 11 libraries have joined the Evergreen Indiana consortium and will migrate in the first half of 2009.
The catalog conversion for the Odon library will begin after closing on Friday, December 5 and will be completed by the time the library reopens at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9.
“Customers will find Evergreen Indiana to be easy to use and the new catalog software will offer many popular features,” said Marsha Lynn, library director. “For instance, individuals can keep a personal list of what they have read or want to read, and may share the list with friends and others via the library’s catalog.”