Analysis of Evergreen Software: Brittany N. Emge


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A short analysis of Evergreen software. A final project for Valdosta State University's MLIS 7505: Applied Technologies in Libraries by Brittany N. Emge.

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Analysis of Evergreen Software: Brittany N. Emge

  1. 1. An Analysis of Evergreen Software Brittany N. Emge Valdosta State University MLIS 7505: Dr. Oguz
  2. 2. Basic Background <ul><li>Open source software developed by GPLS in 2004 to support libraries using the PINES consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Used by over 544 libraries in over 12 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Licensed under the GNU General Public License </li></ul><ul><li>Free to download, share, and change </li></ul>
  3. 3. More Background <ul><li>“ H ighly-scalable software for libraries that helps library patrons find library materials, and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate those materials, no matter how large or complex the libraries” ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Can be altered and updated as needed, boasting capabilities of handling masses of information while remaining secure and still flexible </li></ul>
  4. 4. Advantages <ul><li>Free to download, free to change, and free to share </li></ul><ul><li>Suzannah Lipscomb of Equinox Software, Inc. explains, “people like having a system that works for them, instead of having to work for their system” (June 4, 2010). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Advantages <ul><li>Escapes confines of proprietary software </li></ul><ul><li>“ Evergreen also has a strong and growing developer community dedicated to its health and long-term sustainability” (GPLS, 2008a). </li></ul>
  6. 6. Advantages <ul><li>Blogs for support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evergreen Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planet Evergreen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equinox Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSCEL Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Disadvantages <ul><li>Support and training costly, not included </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance may not be properly supported by staff unless trained </li></ul><ul><li>Contracts with companies like Equinox can add up </li></ul>
  8. 8. Application <ul><li>Libraries of all types will benefit from sharing information, especially as open source software continues to develop and cater to the needs of libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Comradeship for support and information </li></ul>
  9. 9. References <ul><li>(2009). Resource and Sharing Cooperative of Evergreen Libraries website. Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>(2010). Equinox Software Website. Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia Public Library Service. (2008). The Evergreen Project website. Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Georgia Public Library Service. (2008). Planet Evergreen blog aggregator. Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Hyman, B., & Walker, J. (2008). Case study: The evergreen open source integrated library system; its origins and significant implementations in the USA and Canada. IFLA Conference Proceedings , 1-6. Retrieved from Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text database. </li></ul><ul><li>Molyneux, B. (2010). An open source ILS glossary. Retrieved from oss_ils_glossary_060220105.pdf </li></ul>
  10. 10. Contact Information <ul><li>E-mail me: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>bnemge AT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog for MLIS 7505: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>