Updates


We have been presenting at conferences and have been conducting many workshops. Check out the following links to recent articles and presentations:

March 31, 2017

Monthly FOLIO First Friday Meetings help Cornell University evangelize around the Open Source Project

March 7, 2017

In an effort to keep the community informed on the FOLIO project, we will be posting monthly community updates, including information on what’s happening in the community, discussions in Special Interest Groups, past and upcoming webinars (FOLIOForums), engagement metrics, and a section dedicated to developer updates.

February 28, 2017

Watch Sharon Wiles-Young, Director of Library Access Services at Lehigh University, talk about why her library choose to be part of the FOLIO open source project.

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.

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....

January 19, 2017

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

January 5, 2017

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

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.

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.

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

Peter Murray is the Open Source Community Advocate at Index Data

Click here to register

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

SPEAKERS:

  • 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

Click here to register.


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