Over the past 12 months, PaILS has gone through a stunning turnaround and during that time the SPARK ILS has proven remarkably reliable and robust. Our members are happy and so far in 2014, PaILS has signed 6 agreements adding 21 libraries to the consortium; Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, Ringtown Area Library, Frackville Free Public Library, Orwigsburg Area Free Public Library, Ashland Public Library and the 16 libraries in the York County Libraries system. When new migrations are complete there will be over 50 Pennsylvania libraries enjoying the benefits of SPARK, the freedom of the open-source model for development and the satisfaction of having their voices heard and needs addressed in the PaILS cooperative.
Here is what Pennsylvania librarians are saying:
“I’m really happy with the ILS and it meets our needs well. I’ve worked with the system in three separate libraries and it’s been a good fit at each one.” – Ashley N. Flynn, Director Highland Community Library
“Our testing team “looked under the hood”, “kicked all the tires” and “took it for a spin”. Each team member was impressed with the functionality SPARK provided in the areas they tested. The standard modules met our basic needs and we frequently had WOW moments when we realized the scope of SPARK functions. We look forward to being the first system to use some of the recently developed areas of SPARK and to build relationships with other SPARK libraries.” – Mina C. Edmondson, District Library Consultant York-Adams District
“The Equinox folks are very responsive to our support needs. We really appreciate this, especially as a smaller library.” – Jayne Blackledge, Director North Wales Area Library
“Open source systems have come a long way from the early days. We experience virtually no downtime and appreciate that there are no hidden costs with PaILS.” – Lyn Meek, System Director Cambria County Library System
“SPARK delivers a stronger system than we would have been able to afford on our own. As libraries change, it is great to be part of an organization that is responsive to our changing needs.” – Brady Clemens, Director Juniata County Library
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