The University of New Haven (UNH) and Quinnipiac University (QU) will become the first institutions in Connecticut to transition to the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) using EBSCO FOLIO hosting and implementation services from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). These institutions will undergo phased implementation to be entirely live on FOLIO before the end of 2024.
UNH and QU will join the more than 100 libraries and library systems already live with EBSCO FOLIO. The current sites represent academic research libraries, consortia, shared systems, universities of all sizes, and community colleges from all over the world.
UNH will now have the freedom to choose applications for its unique system while avoiding forced packages and predetermined workflows of a traditional ILS. EBSCO FOLIO will provide UNH with a simplified and customizable experience that will allow them to create the best workflow solution for their institution without imposing tools and features they will not need. UNH will continue using EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) for student discovery and will expand its discovery offering to include EBSCO’s BiblioGraph. BiblioGraph will bring UNH’s users from the open web to their catalog by transforming their existing MARC records to BIBFRAME and enriching the metadata with linked data for superior discovery.
Quinnipiac comprises three campuses which include undergraduate, graduate, law school, and a medical school, all of which will transition to EBSCO FOLIO. Open by nature, EBSCO FOLIO’s flexible architecture will allow for easy integration and customization for each unique site. QU will leverage EDS for their patron discovery and GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO and EBSCONET for their Electronic Resource Management (ERM).
University of New Haven Director of Library, Lauren Slingluff, MLS, shares the reasoning for switching from their existing ILS to FOLIO. “When exploring options for a new ILS, it was important that we found something that worked for our unique environment. We were drawn by the opportunity FOLIO presented to go open source but with the support of EBSCO. Throughout the vetting process, it was clear that FOLIO was the best fit for us with intuitive workflows for staff and an excellent user experience for our students and faculty.”
Quinnipiac University Librarian Robert M Joven, MLS, MS, says EBSCO FOLIO’s customer support and system functionality was a huge factor for switching. “We were impressed with the overall functionality of the system. It is exactly what we need for a library operation our size. And I am confident that we will receive a high level of customer service support not just during the implementation process but also during the duration of our contract with FOLIO.”
EBSCO Information Services Director of SaaS Innovation, Andrew Nagy, says EBSCO FOLIO supports all libraries, regardless of size or function. “The beauty of EBSCO FOLIO is its customizability and interoperability that allows us to provide the same service support for a large academic consortium that we give to a community college. Libraries of all shapes and sizes deserve the opportunity to join a community of forward thinkers wanting to leverage this innovative, open source technology.”
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