Monday, October 04, 2010

Pioneer Library System Announces New Library Catalog
For Immediate Release 9/22/10

Cassie Guthrie, Executive Director
Pioneer Library System

On October 7, 2010 a new OWWL library catalog will take flight powered by Evergreen which will bring enhanced features and functionality to the patrons and staff of the 42 public libraries in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston counties.
Evergreen is an open-source integrated library system (ILS) best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of multi-site consortia. Since its debut in 2006, it has sustained the 270-plus libraries of the Georgia PINES consortium and in August 2010, the state of Pennsylvania announced its intention to migrate an initial group of public libraries to Evergreen beginning this year. Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
According to Roma Matott, Pioneer’s Systems Librarian, “Evergreen will allow us to more easily implement new services because we have access directly to the code, database engine and other software that controls it. We drive the bus!”
Due to the changeover to the new OWWL catalog patrons will be unable to place holds and access library card account information from 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 3 until the launch on Thursday, October 7.
Headquartered in Canandaigua, the Pioneer Library System is a New York State chartered cooperative public library system serving the 42 mostly small and rural public libraries in Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming and Livingston counties. One of 23 public library systems in New York State, it was created to enhance services and promote cooperation among its member libraries. Chief among its services is the ILS, which has both a shared catalog and circulation system containing the holdings of all its members. For more information about Pioneer, please visit

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