A recent article in the Colletonian newspaper featured an interview with Carl Coffin, the Library Director of Colleton Memorial Library, who explained the benefits of participating in SCLENDS: “SCLENDS benefits patrons by giving them access to more materials than have ever been offered in the past. Together, participating libraries serve the population of one-third of the state’s counties, and have a collection of 3.5 million items.” Read the article for more information.
SCLENDS is a consortium of South Carolina libraries, and the software we use is called Evergreen. Evergreen is an open source application that handles our bibliographic, item, and patron functions as well as a growing number of other functions including reporting, statistics, acquisitions, and serials predictions. Evergreen was originally developed in Georgia as a solution for a statewide ILS (Integrated Library Solution). In the years since GA PINES went live with Evergreen, the software has matured, and despite being a young ILS, is now starting to match the industry leaders feature for feature. As an open source product, the Evergreen software is free, though you still need knowledgeable staff to run it. SCLENDS is proud to be part of the growing trend of Evergreen libraries and consortia appearing internationally. While open source library consortia are still a small minority, our numbers are growing dramatically every year.
We are proud that South Carolina can be a leader in this trend of allocating resources more intelligently and using communal resources to grow our tools. This allows individual libraries to focus on providing services to our local communities.