FOLIO, as a community-driven effort, is made up of people, and is shaped by the goals and strategic interests of those participants. More than software, FOLIO is a shared and open space where the library community can share our needs and wants, where we can discuss how and where libraries innovate and help shape the direction of the systems we rely on. It is within this space that software can be designed and held consistent to those strategic services that libraries provide to, and wish to innovate for, their communities.
It is important to understand that FOLIO is not the exclusive domain of large research libraries and well-resourced consortia. As a participant-driven community, FOLIO welcomes input from the wide and diverse library community.
In a panel on Wednesday, February 15, we explored FOLIO from the perspective of three small to mid-sized organizations. They looked at resource management needs, their need to align more closely with the broader academic institution, and the need for real innovation in library technology. Each presenter discussed how FOLIO supports their strategic aims, and provides avenues for engagement, impact, and leadership, no matter the size of the institution.
– Tania Fersenheim – Content & Applications Manager, Fenway Libraries Online
– Scott Anderson – Information Systems Librarian & Associate Professor, Millersville University
– Doreen Herold – Manager, Library Technical Services, Lehigh University