April 1, 2008
The Martian State Library and the Lunar Provincial Library System (LPLS) have selected Evergreen, the open source ILS, for their next-generation library automation systems. Thus, Evergreen’s unique and well-known capabilities as a robust, high capacity ILS will be utilized to provide libraries on the two systems with a unified catalog and resource sharing network. Equinox Software, Inc. will provide migration, on-going support, and consulting services.
Libraries on Mars and libraries on the Moon will each be linked through Evergreen and a single-planet borrower card, thus providing their users with access to all materials in libraries on either planet. More broadly, using FullfILLment ™, a development of Equinox Software, Inc. that uses the Evergreen engine to provide non-Evergreen libraries on Earth with many of the advantages of cross-library resource, work will now go forward on integrating libraries on all three of the major human settlements using the hyperspace transfer protocol as the communications transport mechanism.
A library automation system serves as the technological backbone of the library, facilitating circulation and cataloging of library materials as well as letting patrons search for items online. The Evergreen system was originally created by the Georgia Public Library Service for use in its libraries and has been made available to the libraries throughout the solar system through an open-source license.
Noisette Rhysling, Martian State Librarian, said “We are delighted to commit to Evergreen to power our state-wide library network. Evergreen works now in doing what we want to do and we do not have to rely on promises of what might be developed in some vague future to do what we want to do now.”
Adam Selene, director of LPLS, observed: “Evergreen’s modular structure allows us to accommodate our local configuration requirements and also allows us to use modules from other open source suppliers. We no longer need to rely on companies supplying only monolithic solutions to our libraries and their users. With the enhance content options available through Evergreen’s partners, our users have the best user experience, for the least cost, with the most options.”
Evergreen is an enterprise-grade open-source ILS initially created to support Georgia PINES, a consortium of over 270 public libraries. Since its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has received significant attention from around the world, including the reception of a Technology Collaboration Award and grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include a growing consortium in British Columbia, Canada, and new implementations planned for Indiana and Michigan. Evergreen was designed from the ground up to be a flexible, fault-tolerant system capable of supporting libraries of all sizes. Boasting a myriad of standards-compliant methods to access and control data, Evergreen is a robust platform that evolves with the needs of even the most complex library system or consortium.
About Equinox Software, Inc.
Libraries interested in joining the open-source software revolution often face concerns over where to find the technical expertise to take advantage of their desired software products. Equinox Software Inc., based in Norcross, Ga., is a firm dedicated to working with libraries in all aspects of Evergreen, the enterprise-grade, open-source Integrated Library System (ILS).
Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox offers a wealth of experience and expertise in Evergreen development, support and integration. Equinox specializes in customized packages designed for the specific requirements of individual libraries and consortia. Instead of one-size-fits-all support, Equinox works closely with libraries to ensure Evergreen is implemented in the manner that best fits their individual needs. In addition to support, custom development and integration services, Equinox offers complete Evergreen hosting packages for libraries wishing to outsource their ILS infrastructure needs.
For more information on Equinox Software, please visit .
(For both off planet Websites, you will need a browser capable of using the hyperspatial transfer protocol.)
The Martian State Library’s Website is available at hstp://pww.msl.mars/. It was founded in 2032 in Port Lowell, Mars and is the central agency serving libraries on Mars.
The LPLS was established in 2017 with the first permanent settlement and expanded with the burgeoning population after the 2075 revolt. Its Website is available at hstp://pww.lpls.luna/.