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Webinar - FOLIO Community: Strategic goals for small & mid-size institutions

February 10, 2017

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. Join us for a webinar that will explore FOLIO from the perspective of three small to mid-sized organizations.

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How Can I Get Involved in FOLIO?

January 26, 2017

FOLIO relies on the community to grow and succeed. Learn how you can lend your voice to the project as it continues to grow and develop. I wonder....

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FOLIO 2016: A Retrospective

January 19, 2017

Read all about how far the project has come and see an infographic illustrating impressive community growth.

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January 5, 2017

FOLIO will have a presence at the ALA Midwinter Conference – in person and online

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#FOLIOBuilds: Let’s Talk About Building

December 28, 2016

Run your library and imagine new possibilities.

FOLIO is a community collaboration to develop a new open source library platform from the ground up. The software includes core library services (such as cataloging, acquisitions, circulation) and will include a platform to support new services. FOLIO will make it possible for libraries to choose applications developed by libraries, different groups or vendors. Open and proprietary apps will all be available to the community in a marketplace (app store) environment.

With the first iteration of the platform coming out in 2018, we ask you to think beyond a typical ILS and imagine what your library could look like with completely new, innovative apps.

So we ask you: In addition to the core functionality that will be offered by FOLIO’s platform, what would be the first app that you want for your library? Share your thoughts by tweeting your answer using the hashtag #FOLIOBuilds. One lucky person will win a Bamboo Folio Smartpad, Notepad and Spark pen for contributing to the discussion!

Are you headed to ALA Midwinter Conference? If so, look for the FOLIO postcard in your conference bag. You can write your answer on the postcard and drop it off at either the Index Data (#819) or EBSCO (#1514) booths.

We look forward to a vibrant community discussion around how apps can open new possibilities for your library.

Look for snippets of the conversation to be shared on Twitter and in biweekly community updates. Click here to subscribe to community updates.

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Webinar: Folio—A New Library Services Platform Built for Innovation

December 27, 2016

Library technology has traditionally centered on monolithic systems that lack key platform attributes: the ability to create value for all participants, leveraging resources they don’t own in order to grow faster, and changing the traditional focus from inward to outward.

The question now is one of disruption in the library industry: are libraries ripe for fundamental change that will bring about a new paradigm in library technology? And what would this change look like? The key point may well be that a platform derives its value from the community. In concrete terms, this means that no single product dominates the technology environment. Instead, a loosely coupled ecosystem of applications arise, built on the platform, to deliver ever-increasing value to the community, by many community participants.

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, January 12 at 2:00pm EST that will discuss FOLIO, a community collaboration to develop an open source library platform built for innovation. Presenters will explore what FOLIO can mean for libraries: the ability to leverage the open source platform and the growing community to spur innovation and offer new services; reimagining resource management centered on a central knowledgebase; rethinking workflows and traditional ILS functions to allow for more efficiencies and better ways to serve our users; the means by which vendors and libraries alike can contribute to the building of FOLIO. Participants will also hear an overview of the growing FOLIO community, its infrastructure and how to become involved.

Harry Kaplanian is the Senior Director, Product Management at EBSCO Information Services

Peter Murray is the Open Source Community Advocate at Index Data

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Webinar: FOLIO Special Interest Groups

November 28, 2016

Recently, we learned about FOLIO’s roadmap for development from Harry Kaplanian at EBSCO. The FOLIO project is a joint venture and will be relying upon the experiences and knowledge of functional experts across the library world. Teams of experts are being organized into Special Interest Groups (SIGs), to work on different functional areas of development for the FOLIO suite of software. Within the SIGs both functional experts from libraries and project developers work closely together with user experience designers and project developers to develop FOLIO. This forum will provide a history of work done to date on FOLIO using SIGs, as well as information on new SIGs being organized around the functional areas of access management, user management, and metadata management. We will also go into more detail and provide a summary of work currently underway by the Resource Management SIG. We will cover the different communication channels and opportunities for additional involvement by interested experts.

Join us on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 11:00AM EST / 1600 GMT


  • Peter Murray, Open Source Community Advocate at Index Data
  • Dracine Hodges, Head of Technical Services, Duke University Libraries
  • Kristen Wilson, Associate Head of Acquisitions and Discovery, North Carolina State University Libraries
  • Kristin Martin, Electronic Resources Management Librarian, University of Chicago

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Webinar: FOLIO Roadmap

November 9, 2016

FOLIO is on a fast development track with the public announcement of the project in June and the opening of the code in August. Subject matter experts, developers, and strategists are now working to bring the first applications to the platform next year. What does the long term path for FOLIO development look like?  What is the development status of the first applications and the short term goals?  How might you be able to get involved?

Hear Harry Kaplanian, Senior Director of Product Management, Software Services at EBSCO Information Services, present the short, medium and long term milestones along the FOLIO roadmap.

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The Repos Are Here—FOLIO Source Code Repositories Released

September 27, 2016

The initial code base for the FOLIO project is now available on GitHub.

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Webinar: Reimagining Library Technology, Part 2

September 20, 2016

FOLIO, a community collaboration to develop an open source library services platform has taken shape. The FOLIO platform will support traditional resource management functionality but is open throughout and extensible at its core. By providing a platform for innovation, libraries and service providers can create applications and functionality that will deliver new and exciting services to libraries.

Join this second webcast to learn about the FOLIO platform, the status of the project, and the reimagining of library technology.


Event Date & Time: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PT

Peter Murray – Open Source Community Advocate, Index Data

Christopher Spalding – VP, Open Source Platforms and Communities at EBSCO Information Services

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Webinar: Primer on FOLIO Code

September 20, 2016

Join us on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 11:00AM EDT / 1500GMT for a webinar on how to engage with the FOLIO code. The presentation portion will cover two main topics: context around how the FOLIO platform provides integration points for module development and what that means for developing modules in FOLIO and a look at how the platform pieces come together in the user interface to provide functionality to the end user. The presenters will be showing some code and data structures as well as the current user experience prototype.


  • Jakub Skoczen, Architect and Developer at Index Data
  • Kurt Nordstrom, Software Engineer at Index Data
  • Peter Murray, Open Source Community Advocate at Index Data

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A confirmation email will contain access information for the event.

The Open Library Community Forum is sponsored by the OLE (Open Library Environment) and is governed by the Open Library Community Forum Code of Conduct.

A recording of this Forum will be made available on the OLE website.


Open Library Foundation Established

September 9, 2016

The Open Library Foundation has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects. The foundation provides the infrastructure for librarians, developers, designers, service providers, and vendors to collaborate with innovative open source technologies and develop transformative solutions for libraries.

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Join the Webcast: Participation Channels in FOLIO – How to Engage

September 2, 2016

Are you wondering how to participate in FOLIO? Having trouble figuring out where and how to engage? Never used Discuss? What is Slack? How do I get accounts? Our next FOLIO Forum will discuss the FOLIO communication channels, what they are used for, how to join, and what you can expect on each channel.

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FOLIO Featured By French Press Agency AEF

August 30, 2016

French news agency AEF interviewed Director of Common Service Documentation at Montaigne University, Bordeaux, Grégory Miura about the FOLIO initiative.

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Join Library Journal for Part One of Reimagining the LSP

August 12, 2016

Join this first webcast  (in a series of 6) on August 23rd to learn about the FOLIO platform and the reimagining of library technology.

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GOKb Update Forum: Data Enhancement Strategies and New Services

August 4, 2016

In this forum, facilitated by the Open Library Environment (OLE), attendees can ask questions about GOKb’s current data enhancement strategy, learn about potential new services built on the FOLIO platform, and how they can participate as GOKb partners.

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FOLIO Developer Forum: Watch the Recording

July 27, 2016

The initial FOLIO Developer’s Forum was held on July 27, 2016.

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FOLIO: An Open Library Services Platform

July 19, 2016

A recent article in the Library Technology Launchpad blog provides an overview of the FOLIO project. 

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FOLIO Developers Forum

July 18, 2016

The FOLIO community is pleased to announce the first FOLIO developer forum will be held on July 27th, 2016.

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The first Open Library Community Forum held on July 13th

July 15, 2016

The first Open Library Community Forum was held on July 13th. The goal was to answer questions about FOLIO and provide attendees with more information about how they can participate. Speakers included Sebastian Hammer from Index Data, Christopher Spalding from EBSCO and Michael Winkler from OLE.

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Join the Open Library Community Forum on July 13

July 8, 2016

The Open Library Community Forums, brought to you by OLE, are a place to learn and converse about the collaborative efforts of FOLIO, the Future of Libraries is Open.

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Introducing FOLIO — A new collaboration bringing libraries, service providers and developers together to speed innovation and redefine the future of library automation

June 24, 2016

Libraries and service providers have come together to reshape the future of libraries and develop new technologies. The new initiative, FOLIO, provides a platform for libraries, service providers, and other organizations to team up to redefine library automation via open source projects.

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"Let’s get this LSP Party Started," by Tania Fersenheim, Manager of Library Systems, Brandeis University

May 4, 2016

Tania Fersenheim, Manager of Library Systems at Brandeis University, comments on the open source project in this blog post. She notes that “the OLE / Index Data / EBSCO LSP project proposes to deliver an option that is closer to a modular, interoperable, open ideal – a new option that will include not only a multi-tenant ILS, but modules that will take it beyond the core ILS and officially into next-generation LSP.”

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"EBSCO Supports New Open Source Project," Marshall Breeding in American Libraries

April 1, 2016

In this April 2016 American Libraries article, Marshall Breeding provides an overview of the open source project. Marshall notes that the launch of the open source project “opens a new chapter in the library technology industry — potentially wielding an even greater impact than the latest rounds of mergers and acquisitions.”

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Index Data at Code4Lib

March 1, 2016

In this presentation at the Code4Lib conference, Sebastian Hammer from Index Data introduces the open source LSP project. Sebastian discusses the new Collaboration and presents the architectural principles of the planned platform.

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