“We love Balsam and I have not had any problems cataloguing or getting reports or using it at all. The patrons seem to like it as well. I am so glad we made the switch! ” – A small town library
2. Why chose Balsam?
Balsam is a self supported member of the Maine InfoNet family of systems
The Balsam consortium is a collection of small public, school, academic and medical libraries across Maine. Together we combine resources for technical, financial and instructional support for all members.
“My mentor stayed with me every step of the way. Even now I can call about setting up new Evergreen features.” Elementary Library Ed Tech.
“The cost fact alone made the switch to Evergreen easy on the budget” Public librarian.
“The group of experienced librarians supported us in learning the software features that make our patrons happier!” Academic librarian.
In 2007, a small group of central Maine librarians (TriCounty Librarians) began to search for a replacement software system for their aging and no longer supported system/s. They chose Evergreen, a non-proprietary, open source system, easy to use software system that is constantly being updated and improved by librarians and other technical people around the globe. As of May, 2019, Balsam has 27 library buildings using the Evergreen system.
One-time joining fee $500
Annual membership fees based on number of individual items:
10,000 or less = $400
10,000-17,500 = $500
17,500-24,999 = $600
25,000-37,500 = $700
37,500-49,999 = $800
50,000-62,500 = $900
62,500-74,999 = $1000
75,000-99,999 = $1200
100,000-124,999 = $1400
125,000-149,999 = $1600
150,000 and up = $1800
Billing in June, for July payment, based on May 31 numbers.
Balsam is a Maine 501(c)3 non-profit organization.