What If We Tried Open-Source?
In late 2007, several libraries in central Indiana and the Indiana State Library began discussions about creating a resource sharing consortium which reached beyond simple interlibrary materials loaning. With the explosive growth and development of new open-source Integrated Library Systems [ILS] software, the opportunity presented itself to build and customize a shared catalog which reflected exactly the needs and desires of libraries here in Indiana. Interested libraries gathered to evaluate the options and look at other existing ILS-sharing consortiums. It was decided that the Georgia PINES model with the Evergreen Open-Source ILS was a good basis for Indiana libraries. The libraries created and signed membership agreements, charted initial migrations, and developed a governance structure, and, under the auspices of the Indiana State Library, the Evergreen Indiana library consortium was founded.
- Letter of Intent Libraries (Libraries which evinced an interest in considering a consortium in 2008; not all would go on to join the program as it was realized.)
- Indiana Open Source ILS Initiative Presentation
- GA-IN Statistical Comparison
- RFP for Network and Server Equipment 2008
- Responsibilities of Pilot Libraries – 7-30-2008
Bringing Evergreen Indiana To Life
In August 2008, the first of the 20 founding libraries, Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, came online. Over the next few months most of the founding libraries migrated onto the shared ILS. Governance subcommittees for cataloging, circulation, technology, and the OPAC were formed and began building policies and procedures for daily operations as well as performing research and presenting recommendations to the Executive Committee. By the end of 2008, 15 libraries, serving 188,771 patrons, were all live.
37 more library systems came online in 2009, expanding the patron base to over half a million Indiana residents. The outstanding response triggered interest in the international community, and Evergreen Indiana leaders were elected to served on the Evergreen International Executive Committee.
By the close of 2010, 85 libraries were live on Evergreen Indiana, including the Indiana State Library with its collection of over a million unique bibliographic records.
The advent of the ereader boom meant that member libraries were receiving constant requests for more downloadable eresources. Building on the existing partnerships in Evergreen Indiana, the eIndiana Digital OverDrive Consortium [eIDC] was created in late 2010. Initially opening with 7 libraries, 24 additional members came into the eIDC in the early months of 2011.
In spring of 2011, the consortium underwent a major software upgrade (Version 2.0), increasing functionality and customization options.
2012 was a landmark year for Evergreen Indiana. We hosted the Evergreen International Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Representatives from around the world attended. The 100th member came online in October.
Evergreen Indiana Today
Evergreen Indiana has grown and developed immensely from the early ideas of what resource sharing between Indiana public libraries might include. Evergreen Indiana has become a model of service excellence, resource sharing, and process modernization for libraries and agencies around the world.
The original 9 Executive Committee members were elected by the founding libraries and served staggered terms ranging from 1-3 years. At-large members have been elected to fill Class-A (large library) seats until sufficient systems joined to fill those seats with Class-A representatives.
Over time, the sub-committees have changed to fill new needs. In 2011, the OverDrive Committee was founded to support all the members participating in the eIDC; in 2013 that committee transitioned to the eContent Committee to reflect the increasing number of electronic resources being sourced and negotiated for by Evergreen Indiana. The Circulation and OPAC Committees joined forces in 2013 to become the Patron Services Committee.
Governance meeting minutes may be viewed on the Governance page.
Past and Present Executive Committee Members
|Name||Library||Class Tier||Service Term||Offices|
|Nancy Disbro||Andrews-Dallas Twp Public Library||Class C||2015-18|
|Kelly A. Ehinger*||Adams Public Library District||Class B||2008-11||Secretary 2008/09
|Ruth Frasur||Hagerstown-Jefferson Twp Public Library||Class C||2013-16||Chair 2015/16|
|Kerry Green||Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library||Class B||2014-17|
|Mary Hall||Bedford Public Library||2010|
|Kristi Harms||Jefferson County Public Library||2009-12||Chair 2010/11|
|Mary Hartman||Peabody Public Library||Class B||2013-16|
|Shawn Heaton||Van Buren Public Library||Class B||2013-17||Secretary 2014/15
|Judy Hemmerling*||Colfax-Perry Public Library System||Class C||2008|
|Mary Hougland*||Jennings County Public Library||Class B||2008-11||Chair 2009/10|
|Diane Huerkamp*||Mooresville Public Library||Class B||2008-09|
|Andrea Ingmire||Greensburg-Decatur County Contractual Public Library||At-Large||2011-14||Secretary 2012/13|
|Karen Kahl||Union County Public Library||Class C||2010-13|
|Krista Ledbetter||Morgan County Public Library||Class A||2010-13
|Marsha Lynn||Odon-Winkelpleck Public Library||Class C||2010-13|
|Montie Manning||Alexandria-Monroe County Public Library||Class C||2011-14||Chair 2013/14|
|Kay Martin*||Lebanon Public Library||Class B||2008-10|
|Sherri L. May*||Brownstown Public Library||Class C||2008-09|
|Jennifer McKinley||Morgan County Public Library||Class A||2015-18|
|Karen Niemeyer||Thorntown Public Library||Class C||2009-12||Secretary 2009/10|
|Kyle Qurazzo||Shelby County Public Library||Class A||2013-16|
|Mary Reed*||Jackson County Public Library||Class B||2008-09
|Mary Rueff*||Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library||Class B||2008-11
|Nick Schenkel||West Lafayette Public Library||Class B||2010-13|
|Sheryl Sollars||Westfield-Washington Twp Public Library||Class B||2012-15||Chair 2014/15|
|Christine Sterle||Thorntown Public Library||Class C||2012-15||Secretary 2013/14|
|Scott Tracey||West Lafayette Public Library||Class B||2015-18|
|Janet Wallace||Shelby County Public Library||Class A||2012-15|
|Edra Waterman*||Plainfield Public Library||Class B||2008-10||Chair 2008/09|
|* Indicates founding Executive Committee member|