An increasing number of libraries around the world are embracing transformative technologies such as FOLIO and Linked Data to help them meet evolving user needs. The recent WOLFCon event provided valuable insights and inspiration for library professionals, highlighting the growing enthusiasm for these innovative solutions.

A Catalyst for FOLIO Adoption

WOLFCon, a prominent gathering for library professionals, has emerged as a significant catalyst for libraries considering FOLIO. It’s a platform where libraries, representing libraries of all types, come together to explore the possibilities of FOLIO. The positive feedback and enthusiasm expressed by attendees reinforce the belief that FOLIO is becoming a tangible reality.

One attendee shared, “FOLIO to us equals empowerment. We have a voice, we can use transparent APIs, we can have a system for OUR library needs.” This sentiment echoed throughout the event and underscored the value of FOLIO in meeting library requirements.

Building Custom Solutions

The event featured various sessions where libraries of all sizes showcased "helper apps" developed using FOLIO APIs to address specific challenges. Some even went so far as to creatively leverage FOLIO APIs to build application integrations for cross-purpose requirements–not just individual institutional needs but consortium tooling too. FOLIO “out of the box” features are still in development, but the open and robust APIs allow for unique needs, demonstrating the flexibility and adaptability of the system.

Memorable Moments

Three memorable events stood out during WOLFCon:

  1. Library of Congress's Influence: The Library of Congress presented its selection, intentions, and goals related to FOLIO. This presentation left a significant impact on attendees, not only for functional growth areas of FOLIO in the coming years but also related to FOLIO’s ability to support complex library requirements.
  2. Stanford's Bold Move: Tom Kramer, the Associate University Librarian at Stanford, announced all four Stanford libraries were going live with FOLIO, consolidating disparate systems into FOLIO. This ambitious project represents a major step forward for Stanford University and its libraries.
  3. Linked Data Insights: There were many session highlights, but a notable theme across several related to Linked Data futures.  Prominent subject matter experts such as Gloria Gonzalez, Linked Data Innovation and Design Product Manager at EBSCO, Matt Miller, the lead project manager for linked data and BIBFRAME at the Library of Congress, and Tom Kramer, the OLF President and Stanford AUL all framed out immediate futures whereby FOLIO & linked data has significance in changing workflows of bibliographic description.

Key Takeaways

For those who couldn't attend the event, recordings of key sessions are available, offering valuable insights:

  1. The Library of Congress and their selection of FOLIO
  2. The NLA - Terence Ingram discussing FOLIO implementation

WOLFCon 2023 was a resounding success, inspiring libraries of all sizes to explore the possibilities of FOLIO and Linked Data futures. As libraries continue to adapt to the changing information landscape, these technologies will play a crucial role in shaping the future of library services.