Open for Service: Migration to an Open-Source Library Services Platform

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Tryon, Rusty
In the summer of 2022, the Rooney Library at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College migrated from a legacy integrated library system to the ever-increasingly popular open-source library services platform, FOLIO. Presented primarily as a use case, this session overviews the circumstances leading to Rooney Library’s system change, the reasons for selecting a hosted instance of FOLIO, and the process of migrating to and implementing the new platform. More detailed discussions focus on integrations with common library tools, such as discovery services (EBSCO’s EDS), interlibrary loan management systems (OCLC’s Tipasa), and self-service circulation tools (Meescan). The session includes a presentation of the limitations of the local implementation of FOLIO, as well. Various benefits and challenges, both expected and unexpected, associated with the transition to an open-source solution are discussed. The session is particularly relevant to small academic libraries considering a library system migration and/or interested in learning more about the open-source library systems landscape in order to better serve users. Note: Presented at the 2023 Association of Christian Librarians Conference, June 26, 2023.