Bob Molyneux was up next with the ‘State of Evergreen’ talk.
- Dec 1999 PINES goes live with 26 systems, 98 outlets
- People would actually pass over their local library to go to a PINES library instead. So PINES grew because librarians saw their patrons leaving for libraries that belonged to PINES.
- June 2004 Lamar Veatch commits the Georgia Public Library Service to a one year test of an open source initiative
- Bob believes that a system for a consortial environment could only have been developed in an open source environment. Bob talked about a consortium that had 2 systems with 70ish libraries in each. He asked if they had split the network and they said yes. Bob feels this is because of limitations in the software – when they change to Evergreen they will bring the 2 groups back into 1.
- Sept 5, 2006, Evergreen goes life (46 system)
- November 2007, Prince Rupert Public Library, Prince Rupert, BC
- June 2008, University of Prince Edward Island
- November 2008, Tsuga (Innisfil, Ontario, Public Library)
- June 2009, National Resources Canada
Bob mentioned the changing nature of FUD — people used to asked “Open source? you going to use code written by a bunch of dope-smokin’ hippies?” now they are a bit more educated.
As we already know, Evergreen is the first consortial library system designed for sharing of an online catalog, shared resources and geographically spread out systems. Evergreen can accommodate libraries having their own separate policies (each physical building can decide on their own policies). I haven’t used the admin side of any proprietary ILS so I’m thinking this sounds like those systems don’t allow this kind of thing … but I could be wrong in this assumption.
The true nature of open source – developers of Koha will learn from Evergreen and Evergreen developers will learn as Koha develops new features!
Bob invented a new word – ‘superconsortium.’ A superconsortium is a group of consortia who want to work together. An example is when someone from one consortium wrote to the mailing list to ask if anyone wanted a kids OPAC and several others replied. This is how the Kids OPAC development project for Evergreen was born.
What is happening now is that they’re getting a different type of person asking about Evergreen. People know more now than they did a few years ago. This is a great thing for open source and for open source library systems!