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2.5. Timeline and Organizational History

Timeline of Events in the History of PaILS, SPARK, and Evergreen:

2011: PaILS Organization is born with a mission.

Libraries continue to make PA a better place while the SPARK Community grows and grows.

Pilot Libraries Join in 2011-2012

September 26-27, 2011:  Lawrence County Federated Library System

February 6, 2012: Susquehanna County Free Library Association

February 27, 2012: Green Free Library in Wellsboro

February 27, 2012: North Wales Area Library

February 27, 2012: Wyomissing Public Library

March 12-16, 2012: Cambria County Library System:  Beaverdale, Cambria County (Johnstown), Carrolltown, Cresson, Ebensburg, Gallitzin, Hastings, Highland, Lilly-Washington, Northern Cambria, Patton, Portage, and South Fork

April 9, 2012: Apollo Memorial Library

May 14, 2012: Juniata

May 17, 2012: Somerset County Federated Library System (Meyersdale, Somerset County, and Winber)

June 25-29, 2012: ???  Mahanoy City

2015: York County Libraries, Lackawanna County Library System, Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, Ringtown Area Library, Frackville Free Public Library, Orwigsburg Area Free Public Library, Ashland Public Library, Tamaqua Public Library, Shamokin and Coal Township Public Library & Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library.

November 2017: Upgrade to Evergreen Version 2.11

March 23, 2017: Bedford County Libraries Go Live

May 18, 2017: Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity Go Live

June 15, 2017: Bangor Public Library Go Live

August 17, 2017: Tunkhannock Public Library Go Live

October 12, 2017: Lehigh Valley Libraries Go Live: Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton Go Live

December 2018: Scott Thomas resigns as Executive Director to move on to lead Lackawanna County.  

March 2019:  Carrie Cleary begins as Executive Director

March 21, 2019: Degenstein Go Live Day! 

April 2019: PaILS hosts the International Evergreen Conference in Valley Forge, PA.

May 23, 2019: Adams County Library System and Jean Barnet Trone Library Go Live on SPARK.   SPARK learned about dupilcate accounts when neighbors had a practice of scanning each other's library cards into the local system. 

June 20, 2019: Indian Valley Public Library Go Live on SPARK.  We learned the bookstore model and Shelving Locations, and patron barcode formats.

August 28,  2019:  Death of XUL for our community.  Upgrade to version 3.3.   Web Client only going forward.

September 12, 2019: Wayne and Pike Local Consortium joins SPARK Community with help from neighbors.

Oct 3, 2019: Ralpho Township Library checks out its last item using the Gaylord Book Charger.  Go Live on SPARK.


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