FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DULUTH, Ga., Feb. 7, 2017 -- Equinox is excited to announce another addition to the SPARK Consortium in Pennsylvania. Eastern Monroe Public Library is a 6 branch system which joined into the larger Monroe County library system along with Pocono Mountain.
Eastern Monroe serves over 53,000 patrons with close to 175,000 bibliographic records. They went live on Evergreen in early December 2016. Equinox provided project management, onsite date mapping workshop, data configuration, and bibliographic record de-deduplication as well as onsite and remote training.
Erica Rohlfs, Equinox Project Manager for Implementation, oversaw the migration. She remarked, “During the entire migration, the Eastern Monroe staff was inquisitive, focused, showed great concern for their staff and patrons during this transition, and showed great enthusiasm for their future opportunities within SPARK. I feel very fortunate to have met several of the Eastern Monroe staff members. If I had to sum-up the administrative staff in one word, it would be “inclusive.” They sincerely think of their diverse patronage and staff. Such an honor to sit at a table with them and hear their thoughts!”
Scott Thomas, Executive Director of PaILS, added, “Eastern Monroe Public Library adds an important library to SPARK with a talented and energetic staff and a diverse patron base. Their addition also ushers in a new era of cooperation between the libraries in the Pocono Mountain region of Pennsylvania.”
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. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/.
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.