Collaborative Librarianship, Vol 1, No 2 (2009)

Michigan Evergreen: Implementing a shared Open Source Integrated Library System

Randy Dykhuis


In 2008, seven Michigan public libraries migrated to Evergreen, an open source integrated library system developed by the George Public Library Service. The Michigan Library Consortium and Grand Rapids Public Library provided the support, training, networking, and system administration for the system. This article examines the reasons for implementing an open source system and the challenges to running and sustaining it.

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