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On Partnership and Continued Growth

Evergreen was built to grow and that’s exactly what one of our customers intends to do in the next several months.  PaILS and its SPARK Consortium have been using Equinox for hosting and support since 2013. Under Equinox’s management, SPARK members enjoy 99.99% uptime, seamless upgrades to new versions of Evergreen, and access to the industry’s best Evergreen support and education staff.

Understandably, Pennsylvania libraries are taking notice and joining SPARK at a steady clip.  Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library went live recently.  Ringtown Area Library and Frackville Free Public Library will go live this month with Ashland Public Library and Orwigsburg Area Free Public Library following shortly thereafter.  York County Public Library, comprised of 13 branches, is set to migrate in January of 2015.  After these migrations are complete, over 50 libraries will be on a shared Evergreen instance in the SPARK Consortium.

SPARK will also be moved over to Sequoia for hosting later this year.  Sequoia is ESI’s new cloud based library services platform.  Included in their move to Sequoia will be access to Equinox’s new services AIM (Active Integrated Management) and IdeaLab.  These services work together to ensure that the consortium stays current and stable.

Executive Director Lew Maurer had the following to say about the cooperative relationship between SPARK and Equinox:

“PaILS became involved with Equinox in the spring of 2013.  Since then, our organization has experienced a remarkable turnaround and enjoyed ongoing success, none of which would have occurred had it not been for the expert, comprehensive and proactive work done by Equinox.  As host, support and training provider as well as our ILS Administrator, Equinox has performed beyond expectations technically and in a manner that builds trust and the quintessential cooperative relationship. So far in 2014, PaILS has signed agreements adding 21 libraries with more in various stages of the decision process.  Equinox’s stellar migration services allow us to grow at this pace with total confidence.”

Growth is the hallmark of a thriving system. Equinox is proud to contribute to the growth of Evergreen, SPARK, and open source library solutions.  Our goal is to manage your Open Source ILS so that you are free to focus on the things that really matter–your libraries and patrons.

Photo of PA farmland courtesy of Erica Rohlfs, ESI Education Librarian