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    January 14th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    “With city, county, state and federal budgets under increasing pressure, we need to be making the case for libraries more than ever,” said Keith Michael Fiels, ALA executive director. “All too often, libraries are the first to receive budget cuts. Funders need to understand the essential role that libraries play in our society and economy, with usage up significantly and increasing numbers of people coming to libraries for job-related services, for access to government assistance programs and as a way of making their money go further.

    “The new toolkit will arm librarians and library supporters with the facts and strategies they need to speak out effectively for libraries in this tough economy,”

    The toolkit provides information on how to work with decision-makers and the media – recent media coverage of libraries is included. It also contains talking points to help libraries articulate the role of libraries in times of economic downturn. Talking points on the economic value of libraries (with return-on-investment examples), libraries and the economy and upswings in library usage are included. Users are also invited to share advocacy success stories.

    This resource is part of the “Advocacy U”, ALA’s new initiative geared to providing tools, training and resources to library advocates achieve real advocacy goals in real situations at the local level. Learn more at

    “The Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit” is a work in process. Updates and improvements will be implemented as new information and new success stories become available.

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    January 14th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    NORCROSS, Ga. – January 13, 2008
    Equinox Software, Inc., “The Evergreen Experts,” welcomes Scott McKellar as its newest software developer. He will play a key role in helping Evergreen, the consortial-quality library automation software used in hundreds of libraries worldwide, continue to grow and meet the needs of current and future users.
    McKellar comes to Equinox Software after serving as a volunteer contributor to the Evergreen software. He most recently worked as a programmer/analyst for MasterCard International and holds a PhD in Neural Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis “I am really looking forward to working with a small, agile company,” said McKellar. “I have published several small open source projects on my own, but none of them ever got traction. My work with Evergreen allows me to contribute to software people actually use and benefit from.”
    Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox President, is enthusiastic about the addition of McKellar to the team. “Scott has already contributed a lot to Evergreen’s growth and improvement through his volunteer efforts. The timing was perfect for him to come on board as a full-time employee, during this period of rapid development as we get ready to meet the needs of new Evergreen libraries and prepare for Evergreen 2.0, due out mid-year. Scott will not be bored!”
    About Evergreen
    Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library software initially developed to support Georgia PINES, a resource-sharing consortium with over 270 public libraries. Evergreen was designed from the ground up to be robust, fault-tolerant, service-oriented, and standards-based. Evergreen nimbly evolves to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, while elegantly scaling down to the smallest library sites.
    The growing, multinational Evergreen development community has shepherded Evergreen through a series of carefully-planned releases that have further strengthened Evergreen’s consortial capabilities while adding popular and useful functionality. Evergreen 2.0, due out in 2009, will add acquisitions, serials, and reserves to Evergreen’s outstanding functionality.
    From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include consortial projects such as Michigan Evergreen, Evergreen Indiana, and British Columbia SITKA, and libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, and the University of Prince Edward Island. For more information about Evergreen, visit

    About Equinox Software, Inc.
    Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled developers and other professionals who provide comprehensive support for Evergreen, the consortial-quality, open source Integrated Library System (ILS). Equinox develops, supports, trains, migrates, integrates, and consults on Evergreen, and engages with the rapidly expanding Evergreen community. Instead of one-size-fits-all support, Equinox works closely with libraries to ensure Evergreen is implemented in the manner that best fits their individual needs.
    In addition to support, custom development and integration services, Equinox offers complete Evergreen hosting packages for libraries wishing to outsource their ILS infrastructure. Equinox also provides consulting services for libraries seeking more insight into the value proposition of open source software.
    Press contact: Corinne Hall,, 770-709-5571
    For more information on Equinox Software, please visit

    Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are registered trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.