For Immediate Release:
HEADLINE: Indiana’s Largest Public Library Catalogue Welcomes 100th Member
Evergreen Indiana libraries now serve nearly one million Hoosiers
INDIANAPOLIS (November 29, 2012) – Evergreen Indiana, the state’s largest public library catalogue, recently welcomed its 100th member library. This milestone has been four-years coming as Evergreen Indiana has grown into one of the largest shared-catalogue consortiums in the world. Evergreen Indiana saves public libraries statewide millions of dollars annually in commercial licensing fees, technical support costs, and through resource sharing of library materials via interlibrary loan and shared eBook collections.
“The Indiana Library community needed to find viable ways to save tax dollars and this project not only conserves scarce resources but also enhances libraries’ ability to share resources with one another,” said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian. “Currently, access to the 6.7 million items owned by participating libraries is just a click away for Evergreen Indiana customers.”
In August 2008, the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (Zionsville) became the first library to migrate to the enterprise-class Evergreen integrated library system (ILS). The Evergreen Indiana catalog now provides access to over 6.7 million items and serves 962,252 Indiana residents with the addition of the Peabody Public Library (Columbia City) as the 100th member library. Evergreen Indiana cardholders can view and borrow materials from other member libraries.
"The Peabody Public Library is thrilled to be the 100th Library in the Evergreen Indiana Consortium,” said Mary Hartman, Director of the Peabody Public Library. “Our patrons can now access millions of items and visit 99 other libraries for their educational, cultural and entertainment needs. By becoming an Evergreen Indiana library, we have just made our library cards a greater value at no additional cost!”
The Indiana State Library, Hussey-Mayfield and other statewide partners chose to utilize the Evergreen ILS due to its scalability. At the time, it was unknown whether 1, 10, or 100 Indiana libraries would participate in the initiative. However, the nearly seamless conversion of hundreds of libraries in the state of Georgia to Evergreen was a good indication the software was capable of meeting Indiana’s needs. The potential savings for the taxpayer and the convenience for the library user were also major factors that caused the Indiana State Library to pursue Evergreen as a viable statewide initiative for Indiana libraries.
“From the beginning the State Library had high hopes and expectations for Evergreen Indiana due to the software’s rapid development and flexibility,” said Brooker. “As Evergreen Indiana celebrates the addition of its 100th member library, we remain strongly committed to the further development and improvement of this low-cost ILS alternative for Indiana libraries.”
Visit www.in.gov/library/evergreen.htm to learn more about Evergreen Indiana, including a list of participating libraries, areas served, and information and resources for communities interested in joining the consortium.
About Evergreen Indiana
Evergreen Indiana is administered by the Indiana State Library and funded through Library Services and Technology Act grants from the US Institute of Museum & Library Services.
Contact: Drew Griffis
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