Special Edition – Happy Birthday Evergreen!

Evergreen Indiana Celebrates Anniversary, Welcomes New Libraries

On August 25, 2008, the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville) became the first library to migrate to Evergreen Indiana. By January 2009, an additional 17 libraries migrated to the enterprise-class Evergreen integrated library system (ILS). Today, Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of 90 public, school and institutional libraries located throughout Indiana. The Evergreen Indiana catalog now holds over 2.6 million unique bibliographic records and provides access to over 6.2 million items for the 821,000 Indiana residents served by Evergreen Indiana libraries.

What originally turned the Indiana State Library and Hussey-Mayfield on to Evergreen was its scalability. At the time, it was unknown whether one, 10, or 100 Indiana libraries would participate in the initiative. Over the past three years, Evergreen Indiana has grown into one of the largest Evergreen consortiums in the world and a leader in the global Evergreen community.

“From the beginning, the State Library had high expectations for Evergreen Indiana due to the software’s rapid development and flexibility,” said Roberta Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. “As Evergreen Indiana celebrates its third birthday and approaches 100 member libraries, we remain strongly committed to the further development and improvement of this low-cost ILS alternative for Indiana libraries.”

During its anniversary week, Evergreen Indiana also welcomed four new libraries. The Osgood Public Library, Greentown Public Library, Tell City-Perry County Public Library and Cannelton Public Library went live this week. The latter two libraries will merge beginning January 1, 2012 under the name Perry County Public Libraries.

The Evergreen Indiana Consortium continues to accept applications from libraries seeking to migrate to Evergreen. For more information about Evergreen Indiana, visit Information and Resources for Interested Libraries or contact Shauna Borger, Evergreen Indiana Coordinator at 317-234-6536 or sborger@library.IN.gov.