Germantown goes live with COOL and the Evergreen ILS
On Monday, May 7th, the Germantown Public Library went live with Evergreen on the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL) shared catalog.
Evergreen, the open source ILS originally developed by PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) for the Georgia Public Library Service, is used by over 1,000 libraries across 31 states, 4 countries, and 8 Canadian provinces. This count only includes reported installations, as anybody is free to download, install and try it out for their library.
The new Consortium of Ohio Libraries, initially funded by an LSTA grant and local library funding, is hosted and administered by OHIONET in conjunction with the member libraries. Germantown is the second of the eight founding members to migrate onto the system, with an estimated final library migration into the consortium scheduled for early 2013. Please visit http://info.cool-cat.org for more information about the Consortium, or take a look at the catalog directly at http://www.cool-cat.org.
If you have any questions about Evergreen or joining COOL, please feel free to contact consortium president Chauncey Montgomery, Director of the Community Library in Sunbury (firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-965-3901) or Joseph Knueven, Director of the Germantown Public Library, (email@example.com or 937-696-9998, ext. 10). Tony Bandy is the Technology Specialist at OHIONET in charge of supporting COOL. He is also available to answer questions about the consortium at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-686-8975, ext. 19.