Atlanta, GA, June 12, 2023: Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is pleased to announce that Equinox will be presenting at the 2023 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois from June 22 through June 27, 2023. Visit Equinox at Booth #5114 to learn about the latest updates to Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, VuFindⓇ, and more. Full conference details are available here: https://2023alaannual.eventscribe.net/.
Equinox is presenting the poster “Leading Accessibility Initiatives in Open Source Library Software” on Sunday, June 25, 2023 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm CT at McCormick Place, W190a. The poster will be presented by Stephanie Leary, Andrea Buntz Neiman, Lisa Carlucci, and Angela Kilsdonk. To add the session to the ALA scheduler please visit: https://cdmcd.co/KGA98y.
“We are partnering with libraries, consortia, and the open source community to build a more accessible experience for those using Evergreen and VuFind®,” said Andrea Buntz Neiman, Project Manager for Software Development at Equinox. “The latest release of Evergreen makes significant improvements to screen reader support in staff interfaces, and this is only the start. We’re thrilled to work with community partners to test and deliver these features to libraries and to present these updates along with best practices at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference.”
In addition to the accessibility improvements to Evergreen ILS, Equinox recently released an accessible theme for the open source discovery layer VuFindⓇ which meets WCAG 2.1 Level AA compliance. The Equinox theme for VuFindⓇ is available at: https://github.com/EquinoxOpenLibraryInitiative/equinox-theme-vufind.
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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/.
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/.
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/.
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/.
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/ .
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 visit: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/subjectsplus/.