Equinox Welcomes Berks County Public Libraries to Evergreen ILS with the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System

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Atlanta, Ga., April 30, 2024: Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is pleased to welcome Berks County Public Libraries to Evergreen ILS with the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS).

“We are very excited to join such a well-established and widespread consortium with a prominent presence in Pennsylvania,” said Stephanie Williams, System Administrator at Berks County Public Libraries. “We are pleased to join this system and believe the transition to Evergreen is beneficial to our libraries and patrons.”

PaILS was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide an open source integrated library system for Pennsylvania libraries. It oversees SPARK, the Evergreen ILS managed by PaILS on behalf of its member libraries. Equinox and PaILS have worked together to support SPARK since 2013.

Berks County Public Libraries was established as a federated library system in 1986 and includes 19 libraries with 23 locations in the County of Berks, Pennsylvania. The system supports approximately 115,100 patrons and encompasses 641,952 bibliographic records. Equinox provided implementation, training, and hosting services.

“Berks County Public Libraries serve a large community over several branches and locations,” said Rogan Hamby, Data and Project Manager at Equinox. “We are excited to help their services grow as they join the PaILS consortium.”

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For more information:
Laura Barry
Communications Coordinator
Equinox Open Library Initiative
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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.

About Evergreen
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/.