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    March 10th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Sign up now, mark your calendars and pick your favorite topics for this series of weekly webinars offering fun and informative stuff good for libraries. Here's the line-up that's filling out with more great speakers everyday:

    3/12 SOPAC - John Blyberg
    3/19 Creating Open Source Sandboxes with BitNami - Mark Beatty
    3/26 Wordpress as a CMS - Karen Coombs
    4/2 Mobile Applications for Libraries
    4/9 LibraryThing for Libraries - Jen Schmidt and Ingrid Lebolt
    4/16 LibX Searching Toolbars - Jen Holmen and Anne Zarinnia
    all sessions are Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time

    Register now for individual webinars at $25 each, or for the whole series at the bargain rate of $100 for 6, at:

    You can keep up on the latest series information and comments from speakers at our series blog:


    Library Open Source Webinars Registration and Attendance Details

    Each one hour Webinar will present about 45 minutes of content including live web demonstrations, leaving some time in the hour for questions and discussions. Participants use an internet enabled computer to view the content and a phone line to hear and talk. Long distance is via an 800 number. Speaker phones with mute buttons are a good thing for groups.

    Register for individual webinars, $25 each, or for the whole series, at the bargain rate of $100 for 6, at:
    Upon registration you will receive an email with the log in information for your selected session(s), as well as log in information to access the webinar recordings. Recordings will be available for up at a year and can be registered for and viewed the same as the live sessions.

    Registration fees are per site. This approach allows us to share the programming across more participants using fewer "lines". Registrants from the same library site should plan on sharing and using a single log in line saving your library money and saving WiLS resources to provide the Webinars to more libraries. Your log in allows you to share the webinar by "crowding around a PC" or projecting to a screen for a group. It also allows you to share the recording log on at your site. Again speaker phones with mute buttons are a very good thing for groups.

    If you have any questions about the Webinar series don't hesitate to contact me at:, or phone 608.265.5179

    Mark Beatty
    WiLS, 728 State St. Room 464, Madison, WI 53706 608.265.5719

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    March 10th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Four on the Floor: Evergreen Indiana Continues to Grow
    Norcross, GA – March 10, 2009
    Madison-Jefferson County, Otterbein, Thorntown, and Hagerstown Public Libraries have gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. 24 libraries are now part of Evergreen Indiana, a shared-catalog project of the Indiana State Library. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company established by the original Evergreen developers, provided bumper-to-bumper support for the migrations and is now providing round-the-clock ongoing technical support.
    According to Karen Niemeyer, Director of Thorntown Public Library, "The library staff plan to serve our customers well with Evergreen Indiana for many, many years and are very excited to be sharing the system with the other two public libraries in our county as well as other libraries throughout the state. Our customers are very used to shared catalogs and to our sharing of resources and borrowing for them from across the nation and even the world."

    Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president, said, “The resilience and flexibility of Evergreen become more evident as Indiana’s shared catalog grows. The fact that hundreds of libraries in Georgia thrive on one shared Evergreen catalog underscores that the sky’s the limit for Indiana.”

    Bibliographic holdings for each library are 128,288 for Madison-Jefferson County 19,223 for Otterbein, 55,758 for Thornton, and 34,000 for Hagerstown. View the Evergreen Indiana shared catalog at

    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 and British Columbia Sitka, and libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, the National Weather Center Library, and the University of Prince Edward Island. Other libraries contracting with Equinox software for Evergreen services include King County Library System—a public library system in Washington State—and the thirteen libraries of Natural Resources Canada. A number of libraries “go it alone” with Evergreen by providing their own migration and support, which further demonstrates the power, ease, and reliability of this state-of-the-art library software.
    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 trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.