In reviewing ILS software packages the last couple of years, I have a growing interest in the open source software called Evergreen (http://open-ils.org) . I would like to learn more about it as time goes on even though there is no way that my IT Dept. would ever consider it as an option for our organization. More libraries of different stripes are choosing this ILS option. It will be interesting to learn of their experiences in the long term.
As Wikipedia says, “Evergreen is free software available under the GNU General Public License. It can be downloaded free of charge from the Evergreen download page and installed according to instructions found in the documentation wiki. Help and information is available from the development and user communities on Evergreen’s mailing lists. For those not wishing to do it yourself, support, installation, and data migration services are available through vendors including Equinox Software and Liblime.
Evergreen runs on a Linux server and uses PostgreSQL (http://www.postgresql.org/) for its backend database. The staff client used in day-to-day operations by library staff runs on Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, or Linux computers and is built on XULRunner, a Mozilla-based run-time that uses the same technology stack as Firefox and allows for a browser-independent offline mode. The on-line public access catalog (OPAC) used by library patrons is accessed on-line in a web browser…”