Equinox is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit originally founded in 2007 by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS, one of the first open source integrated library systems available. Evergreen is your alternative to the rising prices, poor customer service, and lack of support provided by proprietary ILS providers. Equinox continues to advance this mission through on-going involvement in the open source community and by providing unbeatable customer service. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, providing services for the Evergreen, Koha, and FulflLLment systems.
Not only is Equinox composed of many of Evergreen's core developers, but we also employ key Koha software developers, and are primarily made up of degreed librarians. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other ILS provider. We understand our customers and their needs because we've been in their shoes.
At Equinox, we believe our employees are everything. We offer competitive pay, generous time off, full benefits, profit sharing, and additional opportunities for long-term employees. Profit is not our primary motivator - we believe in better libraries! There are no venture capital interests influencing our decisions. With service being our top priority, it's no wonder that our customers have rated over 98% of our support ticket responses as 'Excellent'. Being made up of core Evergreen and Koha members has its perks; even our competitors come to us for help!
We adhere to the Equinox Promise.
After starting out with a career in the printing industry, Steve Callender decided to switch things up in March of 2000 and return to school to obtain a degree in computer software in Anaheim, California. His first technical position was designing software for dealerships in the automotive industry which resulted in his relocation from California to Georgia in 2005. After the automotive industry crashed in 2009, Steve then found work at Equinox Software where he has shifted his focus from car dealerships to libraries — which is a much more peaceful experience.
Born in Tacoma, Washington, Steve relocated with his family to Southern California. Steve is a lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan, and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his daughter, watching sports, or listening to his favorite artists: The Beatles and The Steve Miller Band.
Tara has been working in the financial field for the last 18 years. She refers to herself as a “compulsive organizer when it comes to finance.” She is excited to share this particular compulsion here at Equinox.
When she’s not managing payroll and crunching numbers, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, and their two little girls. As a family, they spend their weekends exploring the great state of Georgia.
Galen is a library hacker who has been working in library automation and data-slinging since before the Y2K bug was a thing, helping migrate hundreds of libraries to new ILSs and digital library systems. In the process, he has worked with the full gamut of library types and sizes, including small church libraries, public and academic libraries of all sizes, library consortia, and national libraries.
In recent years, Galen joined the world of library open source software, contributing to both Koha and Evergreen as well as other F/LOSS projects. He was elected release manager for versions 3.2, 3.14, and 3.16 of Koha and release manager for Evergreen 2.10 and 3.0.
When not staring firmly at code and data to scare the bugs and inconsistencies away, he, along with his wife Marlene, is a loyal servant to two cats.
Jason Etheridge received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina and later joined the United States Army, ostensibly for military intelligence. He self-identifies as a software developer, though he wears many hats, and he is an open source and pro-commons advocate. He was instrumental in the development of Evergreen while working for PINES, and for its release under an open source license.
Jason leans “paleo” and enjoys gaming of all sorts, but has a special fondness for pen & paper roleplaying games and juggling sticks. His favorite books include The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. His favorite authors include Fred Saberhagen and David Brin.
Rogan has worked in libraries since the mid 1990s, with stints in academic, public and government libraries. He has a BA in English Literature with minors in Computer Science and Sociology. Since completing his MLIS, he has worn many hats from branch manager to helping start a state-wide Evergreen consortium. In his role as Project and Data Analyst at Equinox, he assists Fulfillment, Koha and Evergreen libraries with data projects from consulting to implementation. Rogan has published articles on technology and statistics in libraries.
Outside of work Rogan has managed to be married, have three children, has four dogs, four cats, two chickens and two ferrets, build furniture, paint, learn archery from buddhist monks and once play D&D with Dave Arneson. He doesn’t have a favorite book but has re-read works by and about J. R. R. Tolkien more than is probably healthy.
Andrea received her BA in Music at St. Mary’s College of Maryland before completing her MLS at University of Maryland College Park. She worked at the Library of Congress for three years on various special projects in the Music Division and Recorded Sound Section. She then spent 11 years in public libraries. Andrea has worked in almost every area of the public library world and has accumulated quite the Summer Reading Shirt collection.
At Equinox, she is Project Manager for Software Development, coordinating among customers, developers, and other stakeholders to make sure everyone stays on the same page about development projects. When she’s not working, Andrea enjoys gardening, cooking (and eating), singing, shopping at thrift stores, sewing, and baseball.
Dale Rigney served eight years in the U.S. Army, during which time he was stationed in Panama and Italy. Dale became interested in technology during his time in the military, and decided he wanted to be a programmer. After leaving the Army, Dale held a wide variety roles before landing a support position at Equinox.
He and his wife of over 30 years have two grown children. He enjoys reading fantasy, and his favorite series is The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist.
Erica served six years in the Navy as an Aegis radar technician. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of West Georgia with a dual BA in Political Science and English. She first entered into the world of librarianship by volunteering at her local public library, until she received an internship at the Atlanta History Center. She moved on to take a reference position at a rural public library utilizing Evergreen. For over six years, Erica’s library experiences grew and matured, alongside the continued development and maturity of Evergreen. In 2010, Erica earned her MLIS from Drexel University.
Erica is an avid gardener and enjoys going on nature walkabouts.
Mike Rylander was born in San Diego, but has lived in Georgia for over almost thirty years. Mike has held a wide variety of technical positions, but he started his career in the 90’s repairing SCO and AIX-based servers. From there he progressed into Linux support, to systems engineer, and finally to software development and DBA duties. In 2004, Mike was hired by the Georgia Public Library Service to help develop Evergreen.
Mike’s role has always been one of designer and architect. In fact, the innovative OpenSRF infrastructure that lies underneath Evergreen was his brainchild. At Equinox, he leads all technical-leaning efforts including software development, systems engineering, and technical support. Mike loves explaining technical things to the non-technical, and solving problems.
When not at work, Mike enjoys insanely hoppy beers, early 90’s indie rock, and Tae Kwon Do. Mike is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have two daughters.
John spent over a decade in software support, but before that, he worked in a small academic library providing reference assistance, bibliographic instruction and learned to catalog. That experience stuck with him; in 2008, he graduated with an MSLS from Clarion State University of Pennsylvania and promptly went to work for a library consortium. Over time, he found he really wanted to put his technical skills to work directly for libraries. That desire is what brought him to Equinox.
In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading (mostly non-fiction), making music and zines, and playing pencil and paper role-playing games.
Felicia has worked in libraries for more than 20 years, beginning as a student assistant at Coastal Carolina University, while completing her BA in English. She went on to earn an MLIS from the University of South Carolina, where she served as an intern with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Felicia spent many years as a library development consultant at the South Carolina State Library before taking a break to pursue a law degree. She became a member of the Florida Bar in 2012. After a couple of years in courtrooms, she decided she’d rather serve her community through her work in and with libraries.
Felicia joined Equinox in March 2017 as a Product and Implementation Trainer. She loves working with librarians.
When not working, Felicia spends time with her husband, Keith, kayak fishing, hiking, and travelling. She also enjoys volunteering with dog-related charities. Felicia is a big football fan, especially for her South Carolina Gamecocks. Her favorite books include Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings.
After starting out in the insurance industry as a licensed agent right after high school, Cesar Velez decided to switch things up midway through his mathematics degree at Georgia State University and finished with a degree in computer science. He applied his computer skills at first as a part-time tech support agent for an insurance software company, and later full-time as a software developer for the same. After 6 years in the financial and insurance industry, he decided to change things up for a year and traveled the world while also working as a remote freelance web developer.
Originally from Colombia, Cesar grew up bilingual and is currently fluent in Spanish, English, and French. He is a lifelong traveler, and in his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, watching documentaries, and learning new languages.
Laura came to libraries by way of the museum field. Interested in the research behind museum exhibits Laura pursued her MLIS from Kent State University in their museum studies track while working in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University’s Bioethics Research Library and Dumbarton House, a local museum dedicated to the federal history of the Georgetown neighborhood and home of the first Register of the Treasury, Joseph Nourse.
For the past four years she has been on staff with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. first as research services librarian/archivist and later as social media coordinator. Laura is passionate about leveraging her librarian skill set to connect communities to information and each other.
When Laura’s not working on the social media calendar you can find her up to her elbows in mud - making ceramics and drinking coffee (although not at the same time). She consistently comes back to Y.A. and Fantasy: her first loves were from authors Patricia C. Wrede and Eoin Colfer.
Sally received her MLIS from Florida State University in 2008. She has worked in both public and academic libraries, including Pitts Theology Library at Emory University and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. Sally has been contributing to Equinox’s mission since 2009, and is currently our Special Projects Coordinator.
When she’s not managing projects at Equinox, she is coordinating the lives of her busy family, which include her husband and two active children. They can often be found at their local library, which has already encouraged her Kindergarten-aged daughter to declare that one of her professions will be that of a librarian.
Founded on our passion for helping libraries, our belief in open source software, and desire to treat customers the right way, the Equinox Open Library Initiative strives to set the bar for all open source ILS providers. The Equinox Promise outlines the principles that guide our interactions with customers, projects, and the services we provide.
We believe in a transparent software development process, and we promise to do everything we can to maintain and improve transparency in every part of that process.
We believe all open source ILS code belongs to the open source community, and we promise to continue to expeditiously release all code to publicly-available repositories.
We believe in simple, singular, and open source software that is free for everyone to download, use, and modify, and we promise that we will work hard to provide this software in an open collaboration with the community.
We believe we have a responsibility to the ILS community to help keep open source libraries transparent in every way, and we promise we will never hide code that we can share.
We believe that open source ILS's are fundamentally community-based, and we promise to encourage those fundamentals through foundations, groups, and conferences in every way we can.
We believe that the community is the true voice of open source software, and we promise to listen, share, and help build and maintain the tools that enable this communication.