Equinox Presents on Aspen Discovery and VuFindⓇ at the New Jersey Library Association 2024 Annual Conference

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Atlanta, GA, May 9, 2024: Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is excited to announce that Andrea Buntz Neiman will be presenting at the New Jersey Library Association 2024 Annual Conference. Andrea Buntz Neiman, Project Manager for Software Development, will present as part of the panel “Library Discovery Layers: Peeling Away the Mystery,” where panelists will discuss the benefits of discovery layers beyond the traditional catalog. The presentation will take place at 11:30am ET on Friday, May 31, 2024.

Equinox will be available throughout the conference at Booth #113 to share more information about Aspen Discovery and VuFindⓇ as well as other open source tools available for libraries. The New Jersey Library Association 2024 Annual Conference will run from May 29, 2024 through May 31, 2024. Full details about the upcoming conference can be found here: https://njlaconference.info/.

“We are excited to discuss the advantages of discovery layers at the New Jersey Library Association conference,” said Andrea Buntz Neiman, Project Manager for Software Development at Equinox. “Equinox’s partners happily report a steady increase in patrons finding and using library resources of all kinds as libraries roll out Aspen Discovery. For libraries interested in VuFindⓇ, we are proud to share more information about the Equinox-developed VuFindⓇ skin, which is freely available for anyone to download.”

Equinox’s support for Aspen Discovery continues to grow and now includes Evergreen Indiana, the Consortium Of Ohio Libraries (COOL), the OWWL Library System (NY), Skagit Evergreen Libraries (WA), and the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (MN). In addition to supporting and hosting new implementations, Equinox contributes to the Aspen Discovery community with training resources, development, accessible themes, and presentations. Equinox recently presented on Aspen Discovery at the first AspenCon conference earlier this year, as well as at the Connecticut Library Association conference, the Evergreen International Conference, and at an equinoxEDU: Spotlight session offered by Equinox.

Equinox’s support for VuFindⓇ includes the design, development, and release of the Equinox Theme for VuFind® last year. The Equinox Theme for VuFindⓇ is an attractive and user-friendly interface designed to meet WCAG 2.1 Level AA compliance. Equinox is a Registered Service Provider for VuFind®, and was the first service provider to receive this designation in the United States beginning in 2022.

The New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference brings together members of the New Jersey Library Association, the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, and the New Jersey Library Trustee Association as part of their annual conference. This year’s theme is “Breaking Barriers: Inclusive Collaboration.”

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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 open source solutions. Equinox is 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 to museum and special collection libraries. 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 on 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. For more information on Koha: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/koha/.

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. For more information on CORAL: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/coral/.

About SubjectsPlus
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. For more information on SubjectsPlus: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/subjectsplus/.

About Fulfillment
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. For more information on Fulfillment:  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. For more information on Aspen Discovery: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/aspen-discovery/.

About VuFindⓇ
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. VuFindⓇ is open source and customizable—the interface may be configured to best meet users’ needs. For more information on VuFindⓇ: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/vufind/.