EBSCO Announces FOLIO Innovation Challenge Winners

Technology | July 27, 2017

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We recently announced initial winners of this year’s EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge, which awards libraries developing innovative technology solutions. Find out more about the winners of the first round of grants.

Librarians are constantly integrating innovation into their libraries — adding areas like Makerspaces, incorporating products like Flipster or eBooks or ensuring their website is mobile-friendly. This year, EBSCO is rewarding libraries looking to develop innovative technology solutions that advance libraries with the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge

Director of Library Technology at Villanova University, Demian Katz, says VuFind was designed with interoperability in mind. “One of the goals of the VuFind project has been to give libraries more choice and more control over their users’ search experience by providing a seamless and configurable interface on top of many different systems.”

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EBSCO announced initial winners of the Challenge at this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Winning proposals came from Villanova University, which aims to develop the integration of VuFind with FOLIO, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which looks to integrate their mobile loanable technology circulation module with FOLIO.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Acting Dean of Libraries and Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery Bill Mischo says the university is already mapping out its plan for FOLIO. “The collaborative work we are engaging in, led by Jim Hahn, a Library faculty member, will help advance the mission of the FOLIO project since it is our hope that library platforms would become more open, extensible, and responsive to contemporary user needs.”

FOLIO is a community-based project that provides a platform for libraries, service providers and other organizations to redefine library automation through open source projects.

Winning libraries will receive grants totaling $100,000, and will be judged based on proposed solutions to challenges that libraries face in technology. Stay tuned for more updates on the Challenge, including our next round of winners.

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