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    September 27th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

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

    BOSTON — September 27, 2016 — The first FOLIO code is now available. FOLIO, which stands for the Future of Libraries is Open, is a community project to develop an open source library services platform (LSP). This first release of the base FOLIO code is a critical milestone to have reached since its announcement in June opening up the code to community review and comment.

    FOLIO is an innovation platform created to improve current workflows and deliver new services to libraries and their patrons. The community welcomes developers interested in learning more, contributing to the project or building applications on top of the platform. Developers can access the code at: http://dev.folio.org. The site also has sample modules and documentation related to the project and Okapi, the central hub for applications and modules.

    Sebastian Hammer, team lead for the FOLIO core developers and co-founder of Index Data, says opening the repositories is the first step in an aggressive plan to deliver a new open source library services platform to libraries and service providers as quickly as possible. “This is a critical juncture in the evolution of the platform. Everything we do in FOLIO is open and visible and now the code is available to the entire community.”

    Now that the base code has been released, code updates will follow a regular schedule as the community builds out the functional apps needed to operate a library, innovating around resource management and a modular approach to the architecture. Hammer says the technology preview follows the “release early, release often” philosophy. “In FOLIO, we look to follow the philosophies and practices of modern open source development. We are looking to engage a community that brings together libraries, service providers, and users. We want developers to get in there and send pull requests, file issues and contribute to the overall discussion as we move forward.” Through this collaboration and engagement, FOLIO hopes to build out functional library management modules, as well as, spark conversation, understanding, and innovation around the full scope of library services.

    The open source code produced by the FOLIO community is being made available under an Apache v2 license, allowing any individual, institution, collaboration or vendor to use the code for its purposes—commercial or otherwise— and to foster interesting partnerships between libraries, services providers and vendors.

    EBSCO is providing the primary funding for the development of FOLIO with Index Data developing the initial platform and engaging deeply with the library developer community. The Open Library Environment (OLE) Partnership, a collaborative of academic and research libraries that seek, build and operate innovative and open source software for library management of services, is contributing developers to the project and leveraging its expertise in community building. FOLIO is the first project of the Open Library Foundation.

    The latest FOLIO Forum provided a walkthrough of the developer’s preview. A recording is available here: https://www.openlibraryenvironment.org/archives/216.

    How to Join the Community

    Since initial public conversations began about the open source LSP project at conferences such as Code4Lib in March, more than 1,000 members from vendors and libraries around the world have joined the community to participate and collaborate as:
    • Functionalists—contribute their knowledge of specific workflows and functional areas.
    • Strategists—contribute their vision of how library technology must evolve in the years to come.
    • Developers—contribute code and help build out the applications for the new extensible platform.

    In addition to accessing the code on GitHub, there are a variety of ways to get involved. Join in the discussion of the software and the community at https://discuss.folio.org or get an invitation to the FOLIO slack team at https://discuss.folio.org/slack-invitation.
    By engaging, members will participate in, and even lead meetings and workshops at conferences, virtual meetings, online forums and discussion boards. Follow FOLIO on Twitter @FOLIO_LSP.

    About FOLIO
    FOLIO is a collaborative effort between libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information go to www.folio.org.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy, Media Relations, FOLIO
    kathleen@folio.org
    978 223-0438

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    September 27th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Will Serve as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Global Information Technology Company ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — September 27, 2016 — As a global, industry-leading company, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) requires a workforce with the skills and talents to drive innovation and growth. In order to build and manage that workforce, EBSCO has hired Catherine Reid as Senior Vice President of Human Resources (HR). Reid brings 15 years of experience in developing and executing talent management strategies and managing complex human resource operations to EBSCO. She will be responsible for HR strategy and service delivery.

    Reid was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources for Thomson Reuters, where she was responsible for more than 1,200 employees in 40 different countries. She moved into that role after serving as HR leader for the Trademarks group and Global HRBP for IP Solutions for Thomson Reuters and her positions have been based in London, Boston and Washington D.C. Prior to that, Reid was the HR Manager for LM Ericsson in Dublin, where she was responsible for HR service delivery to a number of groups including R&D and Sales, and worked as a Compensation and Benefits Consultant for Mercer HR Consulting in Dublin.

    She holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin and a MBS from University College Dublin. Reid also completed a five-month program at Harvard focusing on the application of design thinking and was nominated to attend the Business Leaders Program at Thomson Reuters.

    While Reid will focus on HR at EBSCO Information Services, she will work closely with the HR team for EBSCO Industries, EBSCO’s parent company. EBSCO Industries President and CEO Tim Collins says that Reid has the abilities and experience that the company needs to continue to develop and strengthen through its personnel. “We have been successful because we have hired good people and let them thrive. A strong and progressive HR team is necessary to allow this to happen and Catherine has the knowledge and the vision to ensure that EBSCO Information Services has the team and the personnel procedures and services to maximize individual and company success.”

    Reid will work out of EBSCO Information Services’ International headquarters in Ipswich, Massachusetts and will be responsible for more than 3,000 employees in more than 30 countries. She sees her extensive and varied international experience as an asset. “EBSCO hires team members all over the world and has strong core values that impact who we hire as well as the customers we serve. I expect to be able to help EBSCO continue to play a leadership role as an information provider and remain an employer of choice for our employees and prospects all over the world.”

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 900,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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