The Niagara Falls Public Library (NFPL) announced its migration to Evergreen Open Source Library Software as its new Integrated Library System (ILS). As part of this transition, all NFPL locations and NovelBranch @ Gale Centre will be closed December 11th – 13th for staff training and computer upgrades in anticipation of our Evergreen launch date on December 14th.
As an ILS, Evergreen supports core operations for libraries. It helps customers find materials and helps libraries manage, catalog, and circulate these materials. It is a user and resource planning tool that handles registration, transactions, and item information.
Evergreen will give NFPL customers improved catalogue search tools and new options to manage their NFPL borrower accounts. This new ILS will also provide the library with more flexibility and customization tools to develop efficient processes for staff to better serve customers.
With the move to Evergreen, NFPL will be migrating away from proprietary software to open-source software.
“Open source and open access are philosophically linked to intellectual freedom, which is ultimately the mission of libraries.” (Singh 2013)
“Open-source culture” is a spirit of cooperation, collaboration and sharing. Five of Niagara’s regional libraries have formed a Library Cooperative and are sharing the Evergreen ILS. While NFPL will not be joining the cooperative at this point, working with a regional ILS allows collaboration on a regional level with expertise close at hand, and opportunities to further strengthen and build partnerships.
NFPL CEO/Chief Librarian Alicia Subnaik Kilgour explains, “Not only will we benefit on a regional basis, but we will reap the benefits of access to global developments. This will ensure that our dollars and resources are effectively deployed and that we receive the best value for our dollars invested in this core tool.”
NFPL Manager of Customer Service Susan DiBattista said, “In preparation for the new ILS, the Library will be closed December 11 th – 13 th as we train our staff, perform upgrades, and get ready for our Go Live Date of December 14 th . We really appreciate our customers’ patience as we transition to a new system that will offer an improved user experience.”
To help library customers get a fresh start with NFPL before migrating to Evergreen, the library will hold a “Food for Fines” drive in support of Project Share from December 2nd - 9th. Customers can have up to $10 in overdue fines waived with a donation of at least one non-perishable food item. Customers are also encouraged to return long overdue items during this period and participate in the food drive to have up to $10 in fines waived.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Susan DiBattista, Manager, Customer Service
Niagara Falls Public Library
4848 Victoria Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 4C5
905-356-8080 Ext. 240