IPSWICH, Mass. — May 26, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC), the centre of procurement expertise for universities in Scotland, has appointed EBSCO to a competitive multi-supplier Library Management Systems framework agreement for university libraries in the United Kingdom. Institutions with membership of SUPC, LUPC, NWUPC, NEUPC or HEPWC may also use the framework. UK Institutions undertaking a competitive framework mini-competition will be able to evaluate a range of solutions including the option of FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) and EBSCO's expertise in implementing, hosting and providing services through EBSCO FOLIO Services.
Interested university institutions may obtain further information on the new Library Management System framework, ITS 1028 AP, from the education Buyer Portal websites below:
- "HE Contracts", England, Wales, and NI
- "APUC Buyers Portal", Scotland
EBSCO FOLIO Services is available to institutions looking to implement FOLIO, an open services LSP created by a community of librarians, developers and service providers. EBSCO FOLIO Services provides institutions around the world with resources to host and support the library services platform with a suite of services. These services include system implementation and data migration, maintenance and hosting in the Amazon Web Service (AWS), and a team of specialists on call. EBSCO FOLIO Services provides libraries with guidance and ease in adopting the open source technology.
EBSCO Information Services Executive Vice President of FOLIO and Research SaaS, Gar Sydnor says EBSCO has long supported open source systems and has been a stakeholder in the FOLIO project from the beginning. "EBSCO contributed substantially to the leadership and development of FOLIO. This involvement enables us to support libraries that are looking for an alternative to current system choices by offering an open source solution backed by a company with decades of experience working with libraries."
By leveraging EBSCO FOLIO Services, implementation expertise, and hosting and maintenance services, libraries have expert options for adopting FOLIO.
FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information go to www.folio.org.
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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, and clinical decisions tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & 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 1,500,000 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.