FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Duluth, GA–August 26, 2014
Ringtown Area Library and Frackville Free Public Library have become the latest additions to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) cooperative. Both Frackville and Ringtown are located in Schuylkill County, PA and between them they provide almost 32,000 items and serve over 2,300 patrons. PaILS and its SPARK consortium have been using Equinox for hosting and support since 2013.
Elaine Mykolayko, the Director of the Frackville Free Public Library said: “The OPAC looks great, and the staff is enjoying the new experience. I am very happy with our decision to move to SPARK.”
Tim Faile, Equinox Library Data Specialist added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Elaine Mykolayko (Frackville Free Public Library) and Tanya Savitsky (Ringtown Area Library) during the recent migration to the ever-growing Spark implementation of the open source Evergreen system. As a librarian, I always love to see libraries regain control of their data from closed, proprietary systems; moreover, as a data analyst, it is most gratifying to see them satisfied with their Evergreen experience.”
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you. We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you.
For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com.
About Pennsylvania Integrated Library System
PaILS is the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (ILS), a non-profit corporation that oversees SPARK, the open source ILS developed by Evergreen. 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 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 1400 libraries across the US and Canada 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.