2022 Annual Report: Equinox Provides Support for Aspen Discovery and VuFindⓇ, Accessibility Updates for Evergreen ILS, and the Equinox Open Source Grant
Atlanta, Ga.,January 23, 2023: Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, released its 2022 Annual Report highlighting Equinox’s new services and staff, innovative software and consulting projects, open source development projects, and other accomplishments from the past year. The full report is available on Equinox’s website (https://issuu.com/equinoxoli/docs/equinox-2022-review).
Highlights from 2022 include service offerings for open source discovery layers Aspen Discovery and VuFindⓇ, hosting the 2022 CORAL Summit, expanding the Equinox team, along with new partners, projects, and initiatives, and awarding the Equinox Open Source Grant. Equinox also participated in the 2022 Evergreen International Online Conference, KohaCon22, the American Library Association Annual Conference, the 2022 Charleston Conference; the Missouri Library Association Annual Conference; the New York Library Association 2022 Annual Conference; Electronic Resources and Libraries; and other industry events.
“Equinox’s mission includes identifying opportunities to better serve libraries and our annual report summarizes our key initiatives and outcomes,” said Lisa Carlucci, Executive Director of Equinox. “We listen and engage with the needs of libraries and open source communities and align our efforts where they will have the greatest impact. The demand for open source discovery layers has continued to increase and we’re pleased to now offer support for both Aspen Discovery and VuFindⓇ. Our team provides consultation to help libraries decide between these open source software platforms, as we also do for Evergreen ILS and Koha ILS.”
“Beyond Equinox’s products and services, I am incredibly proud of the Equinox team and their commitment to creating and disseminating knowledge, sharing lessons learned, and advancing innovation in library technology services. 2022 was a year of creativity and growth and we’re excited about what’s ahead for 2023.”
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About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the successor to Equinox Software, Inc. Equinox’s mission as a nonprofit is to promote and support a thriving ecosystem for open source library communities in order to provide libraries worldwide with innovative, affordable, and sustainable open source solutions. We are devoted to reducing barriers to library technology and services, expanding library access to open source software, and providing high quality technology, consulting, and support services.To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org.
Evergreen Integrated Library System is an award winning and trusted library solution used by more than 1,800 libraries worldwide. Evergreen ILS is a web-based and mobile-friendly system which provides attractive, easy to use interfaces for library acquisitions, administration, cataloging, circulation, OPAC, reports, course reserves, and serials functionality.
Evergreen ILS is an enterprise level system designed to manage a scalable catalog shared across libraries, including large public and academic library consortia. While designed for large collections, Evergreen is suitable for libraries of any size and type from government libraries to museum and special library collections. Its flexibility enables libraries to configure policies and settings that work best for their communities and to maintain ownership of their library and systems data.
For more information about Evergreen: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/evergreen/.
About Koha ILS
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha Integrated Library System is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/koha/.
About CORAL ERM
CORAL is an electronic resources management system consisting of interoperable modules designed around the core components of managing electronic resources for libraries and other organizations. CORAL is available as a free, open source program. To learn more please visit: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/coral/
SubjectsPlus is a user-friendly, open source, content management system for information sharing. SubjectsPlus provides tools to create information-rich subject guides, organize curated content for specific audiences in or around a research topic, and to develop and manage library websites. Originally developed by Joyner Library at East Carolina University, work has been contributed by Ithaca College Library and now the University of Miami Libraries. To learn more please vist: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/subjectsplus/
Fulfillment is an open source interlibrary loan management system which leverages intuitive design and efficient workflows to maximize value and impact for libraries. Fulfillment provides community members expanded access to library resources across their state and beyond their consortium. Launched in 2011, Fulfillment facilitates sharing between separate library organizations, uniting collections and information in a combined union catalog. Fulfillment is highly customizable and is compatible with any integrated library system (ILS). Fulfillment benefits from an active open source community, where it is continuously updated and supported by Equinox and the designers, users, and developers who built Evergreen ILS. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/fulfillment/.
About Aspen Discovery
Aspen Discovery is an open source discovery layer that powerfully gathers all of a library’s resources together into a single search. Aspen Discovery provides comprehensive access to the entirety of a library’s holdings, pulling in data from the ILS and licensed databases. To learn more, visit: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/aspen-discovery/
VuFindⓇ is an open source discovery product for libraries and archives developed and maintained by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library. VuFindⓇ enables library users to discover the entirety of libraries’ collections, including catalog records, journals, digital items, and more. Search results are retrieved quickly, often in a fraction of the time of an OPAC search. VuFindⓇ is open source and customizable—the interface may be configured to best meet users’ needs. For more information on VuFindⓇ visit: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/vufind/.