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    February 4th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    February 3, 2009-- The creators and developers of Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System (ILS), today announced that KohaCon 2009-- a conference for current and interested users of the Koha Integrated Library System--- will be held in Plano, Texas, April 16 &17, 2009.

    KohaCon 2009 is the sequel to the first ever KohaCon--held in Paris, France in 2006-- which brought together users and developers worldwide. KohaCon 2009 will feature an international slate of speakers (both Koha users and active Koha contributors) conducting presentations and workshops on a diverse range of topics. Topics will include technical information on how to develop for the various modules of Koha, support options, and even panel discussions featuring users of Koha talking about their experiences with the software.

    "We expect this event to have wide appeal," said Paul Poulain, BibLibre, CEO and Release Manager of Koha 2.x

    "The conference is for both techies and non-techies. In addition to presentations on the technical side of Koha, the conference will serve as a hands-on introduction to how users and developers around the world collaborate to make the Koha open-source software possible," Poulain explained.

    "Kohacon 2009 will be huge, everything is bigger in Texas. Plus you
    get to hear from some of the veteran Koha developers, complete with
    funny accents. What more could you want?" said Chris Cormack, one of the original authors
    of the Koha version 1.0, and current Translation Manager for the Project.

    This is a FREE conference. There is no registration fee, but conference organizers are requesting that all attendees pre-register using the registration form found at:

    Details (travel, hotels, tentative agenda, etc) can be found on the Koha wiki at:

    About Koha

    Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). Gifted by Horowhenua Library Trust and now in use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. The impressive set of features available in Koha continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. Koha has lived up to its name, which means 'Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand.

    To learn more about the Koha project, visit:

    Press Contact:
    Paul POULAIN
    Expert en Logiciels Libres pour l'info-doc
    Tel : (33) 4 91 81 35 08

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    February 4th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Equinox Software Inc. and NELINET Partner on Evergreen Open Source ILS Solution
    Norcross, GA – February 3, 2009

    Equinox Software is pleased to announce a partnership with NELINET, a non-profit membership cooperative based in New England, on an Evergreen open source consortial ILS solution for its member libraries.
    “We are hearing that many libraries would like to embrace an open-source ILS solution but lack the expertise or resources to implement it,” said Tim Rivard, Senior Consultant, Resource Sharing for NELINET. “By partnering with Equinox, ‘The Evergreen Experts,’ we are excited to be able to provide that support to our libraries. In addition, we hope to use the collaborative power of NELINET’s membership community to improve and educate adopters of the Evergreen ILS.”
    “Shared consortial catalogs are the obvious wave of the future, both for powerful resource-sharing and to help libraries band together financially during economic crisis,” said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. “Evergreen has the capabilities and the forward development path to not only meet the needs of today’s libraries, but be there for them as their services evolve. This relationship with NELINET is win-win all around.”
    Equinox and NELINET are currently working with libraries and library groups in NELINET interested in hosting, support, and training on the Evergreen ILS system. NELINET has also formed the Spruce Open Source Collaborative—a cooperative partnership of NELINET, key vendors and the membership to encourage the adoption of open-source library software in New England.

    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, British Columbia SITKA, and Evergreen Indiana, and libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the National Weather Center Library in Norman, Oklahoma. 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. For more information, visit

    About NELINET, Inc.
    NELINET is a non-profit membership cooperative of nearly 600 academic, public and special libraries in the six New England states. NELINET works collaboratively with members to shape the future of New England libraries in the evolving information environment. NELINET invites museums, archives and historical societies to become members. NELINET invites museums, archives and historical societies to become members. For more information, see

    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.