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What is the Evergreen ILS?

The Evergreen Integrated Library System [ILS] is a complex database program in which libraries may store patron, bibliographic, and item records and transaction records. The Evergreen ILS is available as an open source product. To find out more, please visit the Evergreen Project website.

Why did you pick the Evergreen ILS to share?

The founding pilot libraries researched available open source clients and determined that the Evergreen ILS was the most compatible with the needs of participating libraries. For more information, please visit the Evergreen Indiana History page.

Do I have to join Evergreen Indiana to use the Evergreen ILS?

Anyone may use the Evergreen ILS without joining a consortium. Evergreen Indiana offers members many other benefits in addition to sharing software and materials, including tech support, free staff trainings, access to millions of records, purchasing discounts, and much more! Check out the Member Resources page to discover all the additional perks of membership.Costs

Costs

How much does it cost to be a member of Evergreen Indiana?

Beginning in 2016, member libraries will be charged an annual fee based on a tiered system reflecting a percentage of annual expenditure. The following table represents the cost structure approved by the Council in June 2014; these rates are subject to change annually.

Annual Membership Fee Rates*
Tier Annual Fee Maximum Annual Expenditure
1 $0 $50,000
2 $500 $100,000
3 $1,000 $200,000
4 $1,500 $300,000
5 $2,500 $500,000
6 $3,500 $750,000
7 $5,000 $1,000,000
8 $6,500 $1,500,000
9 $8,000 >$1,500,000
*Valid for 2014; subject to annual review.

Additional costs to the member library generally include hardware (see below for recommended hardware), staff time, additional INfoExpress deliveries (if needed; additional day subsidized for members), a broadband internet connection, and barcoding materials (library cards and item barcodes).

How many libraries are in Evergreen Indiana?

There are currently 105 public, school, institutional, and special libraries in the Evergreen Indiana consortium. For a complete list of member libraries, please visit the Communications page.

What does my library have to do to join Evergreen Indiana?

Visit the Join Now page to discover how to become a member library in Evergreen Indiana.

Equipment & Software

Where do I download the staff client?

Evergreen Indiana's customized staff client downloads are available here.

What version of the staff client is Evergreen Indiana using?

Evergreen Indiana is currently running a customized version of 2.5.2.

What equipment is needed to run Evergreen in Evergreen Indiana?

The staff client must be installed on each staff workstation. Each workstation should be connected to a barcode scanner and receipt printer. A broadband internet connection is required for full functionality.

Recommended Minimum Hardware Operating System:

Operating System: Windows (XP, Vista, or 7) or Linux operating system
Memory: 4GB RAM or greater
Processor: Dual Core CPU or greater
Available Storage: 200MB of hard drive space

Last updated: 7-15-2014
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