Columbia University Libraries Selects FOLIO as New Library Services Platform (LSP)

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to join the growing number of research institutions to adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) with the support of EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), a leading provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school, and public libraries, healthcare and medical institutions, corporations, and government agencies around the world. EBSCO will provide comprehensive hosting, implementation, and support services to transition the Libraries from the existing Voyager system to FOLIO.

Columbia will join several notable institutions that use EBSCO FOLIO, including Cornell University, the Library of Congress, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.The Libraries will receive implementation and support services from EBSCO to ensure a smooth migration and transition to the new system. Columbia will also leverage FOLIO’s open system to seamlessly integrate with existing systems and services, including the Libraries’ Blacklight-based CLIO Unified Discovery service.

The Libraries will leverage the Panorama analytics platform to provide insights into the Libraries’ vast print and electronic resource usage. This insight will enable the Libraries to monitor and optimize collection development for better patron visibility and usage. The Libraries will also continue utilizing GOBI® Library Solutions as one of its major e-books, print books, and workflow services providers, which will seamlessly integrate into their FOLIO platform.

“We are thrilled to be joining the FOLIO community and adopting open technologies that promote transparency and collaboration in the greater library community,” Vice Provost and University Librarian Ann Thornton said. “These open approaches will help us to drive innovation, foster collaboration, and deliver enhanced services. We look forward to working with EBSCO in this important transition and in helping us take advantage of the flexibility and extensibility of FOLIO’s open system.”

EBSCO Information Services Director of SaaS Innovation Andrew Nagy echoed Thornton’s enthusiasm for the partnership.

“We are delighted to assist Columbia University in transitioning to FOLIO as its new Library Services Platform,” he said. “Our mission is to offer libraries of all scales, including those as prominent as Columbia, the support they need to enhance their own workflows while continuing to serve their users. By assisting Columbia in this transition and helping them integrate with the FOLIO open-source community, we can begin to leverage their expertise and great knowledge to help grow the innovation that FOLIO delivers to libraries.”

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