These days, it’s hard to know what is true and what is exaggerated. When it comes to choosing an integrated library system (ILS) for your library, it’s hard to know if FOLIO is right for you. This is why we’ve busted the five biggest myths about FOLIO to help give you some peace of mind.

Myth: FOLIO isn’t ready.

Busted: FOLIO is actively used by nearly 200 institutions globally.

EBSCO launched its first FOLIO library in 2019. As the newest Library Services Platform (LSP) in the marketplace, competing with technology that’s been around a lot longer, FOLIO was built with libraries and the future in mind. The FOLIO community has the advantage of not only being able to build expected functionality but to be innovative in real time. Check out the growing list of libraries currently using EBSCO FOLIO.

Myth: FOLIO won’t be maintained and will eventually be neglected.

Busted: FOLIO is fully backed and supported by EBSCO and is uniquely positioned as a hybrid model.

The code will always remain open, but since EBSCO has integrated it into our product ecosystem, it’s in our interest to keep it up-to-date and functioning, meaning that the users will continue to see updates regularly. EBSCO has over 100+ product developers working on FOLIO daily. Here is a link to our latest FOLIO roadmap.

Myth: Migration will take over our lives.

Busted: EBSCO has a dedicated migration team focused on handling the process differently.

Migrations have a reputation for disruption and difficulty, especially when people have had that experience. EBSCO's migration team approaches change management differently to help you and your library through the process, especially if it’s previously been a challenge. EBSCO has a dedicated migration team to help you and your library through the process. We’ve put together this quick guide to show you how the EBSCO migration to FOLIO works. 

Lastly, there is an entire community of FOLIO users who are always available. There is no pressure to join the network; just know it is always an option if you ever need a helping hand. 

“We could not have asked for better implementation managers on both the FOLIO and EDS side. I know that we expected a lot from all of you – and you delivered.”

Juliana Nykolaiszyn
Associate Dean, Library Operations
Oklahoma State University

Myth: We’ll have to hire more people to manage the migration.

Busted: While libraries can choose to migrate to FOLIO independently, most have used EBSCO FOLIO Services.

EBSCO provides unparalleled migration, cloud hosting and support services for libraries of all sizes that are ready to make the move to FOLIO.

Myth: FOLIO is for large academic institutions.

Busted: FOLIO was built to be customizable for libraries of all types.

It can be tailored to meet the needs and requirements of various organizations, regardless of their size. EBSCO helps libraries achieve their goals through flexible features, scalable options and adaptable configurations that can be adjusted to fit unique workflows, budgets, and resources.

Ready to make the move to FOLIO?