We are building an innovative platform where applications will support traditional resource management functionality as well as extend into new areas. Here are some key principles of FOLIO:
Be able to choose the applications that best align to your workflow needs; whether it’s a different circulation or acquisitions module, you should be able to control your library’s workflows. Because of the innate flexibility, FOLIO will work for all libraries and consortia.
Applications must easily connect to each other so can choose applications, develop, or adjust workflows. Any vendor or library may contribute applications as open source or for-fee.
FOLIO may be integrated with a myriad of applications within and outside of your institution such as university enterprise systems, institutional repositories, research management, discovery and more.
FOLIO must support Linked Open Data (LOD) to connect the library to the information universe, and multi-tenancy to ensure scalability. FOLIO will support all formats natively (physical and electronic) and will be based on a central knowledgebase.
As we know, open source is not “free,” however, the goal of the project is to make open source more attainable for any library. Open source allows for more choice and enables libraries to contribute to and host their own services. SirsiDynix, ByWater, EBSCO and other vendors will offer hosting services at a much lower cost than vendor-driven systems on the market today.
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