EBSCO Information Services and Implementers Partner to Support Libraries Looking to Adopt FOLIO

~ Partnership with Open Source Service Provider Offers Libraries in the Middle East with Local Options when Considering Adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — October 16, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Implementers have partnered to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP). EBSCO and Implementers will work together to provide reliable hosting and support services locally.

Currently, Implementers supports libraries in using Koha and DSpace in Lebanon and the Middle East. By supporting FOLIO libraries, Implementers will help increase the adoption of FOLIO and provide additional services to their current customers.

Implementers’ Dr. Jawad Makki, Founder and CEO, says that it is the company’s vision to support open source solutions for libraries who need them. “This partnership with EBSCO is important for libraries around the world.  By partnering with EBSCO to build out FOLIO implementations and support those libraries who have adopted this new technology, we allow libraries to have choice while focusing on improving patron support and allowing libraries to better use staff.”

EBSCO supports FOLIO with funding, developers and project management, as well as providing support for Koha’s open source development. In addition to working with established open source services providers, EBSCO also provides hosting services and advanced software support, as well as a variety of data integration services for libraries adopting the FOLIO LSP.

EBSCO Information Services Director of FOLIO Partnerships, Mark Allcock, says the recent agreements between EBSCO and open source providers adds value to the customer service offered by EBSCO during FOLIO implementations around the world. “By carefully choosing well-regarded local vendors, we seek to give libraries the best of both worlds – local support, backed up by EBSCO’s global reach. As we continue to create partnerships with providers like Implementers, we increase our ability to support libraries around the world and enable libraries to benefit from modern open source resources and support. Libraries can work with local providers they know and trust, and EBSCO can ensure that libraries have options when choosing their next LSP.”

FOLIO encompasses a community of librarians and developers who have joined special interest groups in actively creating an open source LSP that supports traditional ILS functionality with the ability to add additional value and services. The applications are modular and allow multiple vendors or libraries to contribute applications. More information is available at www.folio.org.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 and 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 1,000,000 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.

Implementers is a Lebanese company established with a vision to promote and implement open source solutions for libraries and archiving centers in Lebanon and the Arab World. The company has carefully selected the best open source software that suits the libraries’ and archiving centers’ needs and is supported and maintained by strong and dynamic communities worldwide. As the company’s name suggests, the focus is on implementing and supporting open source solutions for libraries and archiving centers. Implementers currently focuses on Koha Integrated Library System and DSpace as an institutional repository and digital library. The Implementers team consists of a group of experts in library automation solutions, digital library solutions, digital archive solutions, data conversion and system migration, metadata interoperability, and semantic web technologies (library linked data) with high knowledge and experience in library science and information technology. Find out more at http://implementers.com.lb/.


For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
EBSCO Information Services
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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