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Evergreen Indiana exists to support its members and patrons. Find out why we are so excited about what we can do and offer our taxpayers!
My library is an Evergreen Library, and I can honestly say that the reason I joined was not to save a few hundred bucks a year for delivery services.
I joined Evergreen to:
In 2007, the Kernan-Shepherd report had three recommendations for Indiana's libraries. The first was to consolidate into 92 county systems. So far, we have dodged that bullet. The second recommendation was to have our budgets reviewed by our governing bodies, which has happened. The third recommendation was for the "Indiana State Library continue its work to review, update and expand statewide purchasing and service arrangements to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of library services across the state."
Evergreen is one answer to the third recommendation. It encourages resource sharing across the State and saves our taxpayers money, and produces demonstrable results to legislators. I, for one, would rather see that libraries and the State Library lead the way in resource sharing, rather than have it legislated for us by lawmakers who have no idea of our operations.
I also see on the new InfoExpress pricing structure that OCLC net lenders are also given a break. Those libraries, as well as the Evergreen libraries, expend considerable time and money to make resource sharing possible. Is it unfair that they are given a price break to do this? Maybe. And maybe they would continue to provide ILL services to all the net borrowing libraries even without the price break. Before my library became an Evergreen library, it sure was nice to be able to tell patrons that I could find some obscure volume for them that we didn't carry because of the ILL service and I'm grateful to those libraries who were willing to lend to me. I'm sure they are spending far more on their OCLC membership alone than the few hundred dollars a year they save on delivery charges.
I hope that no library feels pressured to join Evergreen. I know I never felt like anyone was pressuring me to join. However, I also sincerely hope that anyone considering changing their ILS will give Evergreen an objective evaluation.
I know this is fairly duh-huh but your local library is the absolute best place to pursue your reading addiction. Movies, books, audiobooks, and now even digital downloads are all available FREE of cost. Even if your local branch is small, many libraries now participate in the Evergreen Indiana system where books are shipped all over the state so that readers can share in an even more broader sense. I LOVE to cruise the catalog online at home and then slip in to pick up books once I receive an e-mail or call that they have arrived. It saves me both time and money.
"In 31 years working in libraries, Evergreen Indiana was the greatest experience of my professional life."
"I just wanted to say thanks to you and the rest of the staff there [at the Indiana State Library] for putting so much work into Evergreen (not just this upgrade...but all of the other ones...and all the other technical issues) and for making our jobs as librarians and front line staff easier. Speaking for the broader Evergreen community, we are very proud of the ILS and how it has enhanced library service for so many individuals throughout the state. None of that would be possible without the hard, and often thankless, work you do. So, thanks again."
"I just wanted to say thanks for the promo stuff. We had a drawing for the t shirts and all winners were thrilled. We love being part of Evergreen!"
9/10/2013 — ACG/PDO