This is the sixth in our series of posts leading up to Evergreen’s Tenth birthday.
Metamorphosis is the word that comes to mind when I think back on 2011. It was Evergreen’s five-year mark and we had graduated from version 1.6 to 2.0. With the addition of acquisitions, serials, authority control and many improvements to existing modules, Evergreen was now a fully-fledged ILS.
As Grace mentioned, this time period also marked a shift in the type of libraries we attracted to our community. It was no longer a group of insiders. Evergreen had become a contender on a short list of ILSs that could offer the functionality and flexibility many libraries, large and small, were seeking.
As a Project Manager in 2011, I was fortunate to work with an emerging consortium in my home state of North Carolina. NC Cardinal began the migration of several pilot libraries from disparate ILSs to Evergreen. The inaugural library system was Cleveland County. Grant, Carol, Sharon and I could not have imagined that the migration of this three-branch library system would be the birth of one of the largest and most active library groups in Evergreen history.
The amazing folks at the State Library, Cleveland County, Buncombe County, Davidson County and all the others that followed shortly after definitely set the stage for this dynamic consortium. NC Cardinal now has over 100 library outlets across the state and they are not slowing down.
As is the theme with many of our other posts, community is at the heart of Evergreen’s success. I think not only about the larger Evergreen community but also the internal community within a consortium. Support here is what drives implementations forward and ensures success within the larger Evergreen community.
Attending the Evergreen Conference this year in Raleigh, NC brought this full circle for me. It was rewarding to see the Cardinal members, which have grown exponentially, as well as some of our newer libraries participating and getting excited about what is to come. I can’t wait to see who joins us at the next conference and in the next ten years.
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