Barbara Albee & Oliver Chen, Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science, Indianapolis
The purpose of this project is to examine the implementation of an open source library automation system, Evergreen, in Indiana public libraries and its impact to library users. Nine public libraries from the Evergreen Indiana consortium are invited to participate in the project. The research team recruits library users at the nine libraries with the assistance from local librarians. The users are classified into three age groups: 18-24, 25-59 and 60 or above. The research team has collected data from the first two quarters in 2010 and reports preliminary results from the two quarters. Preliminary correlation-coefficient analyses indicate participants’ use of the library system’s functions are related to age, frequency of visits to local library in the last 12-months, level of use of the previous library system and the Evergreen system. Participants; use of the Evergreen system has potential to change the way they use library services and collections.