Melbourne, Australia; Massachusetts, USA -- 3 August 2022. CAVAL will be the first in Australia to implement FOLIO - Future of Libraries is Open as its new Library Management Platform hosted by Index Data.
CAVAL's previous Library Management System (LMS) had served it well in the last 20 years, however, the changing times and its new strategic direction called for a fresh outlook.
In order to best serve the needs of our communities, we have chosen a platform that is flexible, future-proof, extensible (easily modified by changing or adding features), and open-source combined with the reassurance of being supported by Index Data. We are excited about the opportunities this system will provide in the future' says Jaime McCowan, CEO, CAVAL ltd.
CAVAL believes that our future lies in FOLIO's open-source approach which reduces mediation, saving time and resourcing needs and gives ownership back to the community,
In the upcoming phases of the project, CAVAL will strengthen library collaboration by offering a new vendor neutral resource-sharing platform, ReShare, to its members and the wider community. It envisages an open, intelligent collection which will enhance partnerships, discoverability, and interactivity - all for collective benefit.
Lynn Bailey, Index Data's CEO says, We are thrilled to be working with CAVAL for the first implementations of FOLIO and ReShare in Australia and are looking forward to making the transition smooth and productive. We are honored to have been chosen as CAVAL's partner on this journey and are delighted to welcome the consortium into the vibrant open-source communities.'
CAVAL is looking at going live with the implementation by the end of December this year. CAVAL will also be in consultation with members to ensure a smooth transition from current workflows in interacting with the CAVAL Shared Collection. Simultaneously, the team will be facilitating and providing support to members and the wider community in connecting to the ReShare platform with a view to having first transactions flowing amongst the group in May 2023.
CAVAL Ltd was created over 40 years ago to promote co-operation between Victorian academic libraries for the benefit of its membership. Since then, it has evolved into a relevant and key driver in the global library environment, ever-expanding and diversifying. While members remain the core focus, the quality solutions and services offered by CAVAL also provide benefits to libraries and educational institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand.
About Index Data
For over 28 years, Index Data has been building market-leading open -source software relied on by libraries and service providers. As the lead architects/developers behind FOLIO's novel design, Index Data has a unique understanding of the platform and offers hosting, migration, and customization services for libraries looking to adopt the FOLIO LSP. Index Data is also a key stakeholder in Project ReShare, a community-owned, open platform for resource sharing. Together, we're building the library platform of the future. To learn more about Index Data, visit www.indexdata.com.