- What does this mean for patrons
- More about Evergreen
- What services will be affected
- How will the catalog change
- Who else uses Evergreen
- Ask a question
What does this mean for patrons?
The Albany Public Library, along with Linn Benton Community College Library and Lebanon Public Library, are migrating to a new integrated library system called Evergreen. Learn more about Evergreen here.
What does the software migration mean for you, our patrons? First, it means sequoia-sized savings of $25,000 a year, as Evergreen is open source and freely licensed. Second, a new, spruced-up catalog will offer faster loading time and greater customization. Third, both the Main and Downtown Carnegie libraries will be closed Monday June 11th – Thursday June 14th. You will not be able to place holds beginning June 4th until we reopen (existing holds will not be affected). During this time we will be migrating thousands of book records! But don’t pine those days away; you can access fantastic library resources on our website, including eBooks and databases. Fourth, the library will not add new books to the catalog from May 28th until June 15th. But don’t worry, we’re still purchasing the best new books, they just won’t be in the catalog right away. And finally, when the library does re-open on Friday June 15th you may find a forest of fellow patrons at the library. It will be a busy weekend as we get caught up.
These improvements will take time getting used to, for patrons and staff, but we’ll all grow together. If you have any questions about Evergreen, the migration, or the library closure, please contact the Library Director, Ed Gallagher, at 541-917-7589, email@example.com, or the Reference Desk at 541-917-7582, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More about Evergreen
Evergreen is an open source, freely licensed Integrated Library System. It provides the software that helps libraries manage and organize all of our materials and patrons, as well as everything that happens with them, from checking out books to sending you an email when your books are due. It also provides the catalog you use to find materials.
What is open source? This term refers to software that is freely available—free to download, free to use, free to adapt and improve. That translates into big savings for the library, up to $25,000 a year.
Evergreen has a proven track record. The over 70 eastern Oregon libraries that make up the Sage Library System have been using Evergreen technology since early 2011. In addition, hundreds of other U.S. and international libraries have been using Evergreen, which was developed by the Georgia Public Library Service, since 2005.
To find out more about Evergreen, visit their website here. If you have any questions about the Albany Public Library migration to Evergreen, please feel free to contact the Library Director, Ed Gallagher, at 541-917-7589, email@example.com, or Reference Desk at 541-917-7582, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What services will be affected?
- Library closure-both libraries will be closed Monday June 11th – Thursday June 14th; we will reopen on Friday June 15th
- Holds-you will not be able to place new holds beginning June 4th until we reopen on June 15th.
- New books-we will not add new books to the catalog beginning May 28th until we reopen on June 15th; we are still purchasing new books.
- Catalog-the catalog will look different and function better
- Service desks-you may experience longer wait times as staff and patrons get used to the new system.
How will the catalog change?
The new catalog will look different, but you will still be able to search by title, author, keyword, and subject, just like you’re used to doing in the current catalog. Improvements will include faster load time, the ability to save and send yourself lists that you create, predictive text (like Google), and greater customization.
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Who else uses Evergreen?
Evergreen was developed by the Georgia Public Library Service. Visit their website here.
- Sage Library System of Eastern Oregon
- King County Library System
- A complete list of American and International libraries using Evergreen can be viewed here.
Ask a question
Do you have a question about Evergreen, the new catalog, or any other aspect of the migration? Please ask us! Send us an email at Reference@cityofalbany.net or use the form below.