PHILADELPHIA — December 3, 2020. The FOLIO Open Source Community has issued its latest named release as the platform continues to add features and functionality to the library services platform (LSP). The Honeysuckle Release includes platform updates and integration improvements in addition to user experience (UX) improvements and accessibility features.
FOLIO, the open source project, which leverages expertise from libraries, developers and service providers, has built an open source LSP that is being implemented around the world.
The Honeysuckle Release offers platform enhancements that provide librarians with a better user experience in the FOLIO platform. These enhancements include the circulation log that provides options for filtering, tracking of print resources and holding staff notes, eHoldings improvements that deliver an improved user interface and data import to help libraries advance their mapping and matching as well as the new ERM comparison app to compare packages and their content. View the full list of improvements in the Honeysuckle release at https://wiki.folio.org/x/8TEuAg.
Kirstin Kemner-Heek, chair of the FOLIO Product Council, says the Honeysuckle Release demonstrates FOLIO's commitment to improving the user experience for libraries adopting FOLIO. "With many libraries actively implementing or using FOLIO, the project continues to make strides allowing libraries to manage their operations on the open source LSP. The GBV library network is an engaged supporter of the continuous innovation and development of the FOLIO platform."
The FOLIO open source project provides libraries of all sizes with choice when selecting an LSP. Academic institutions have taken a variety of pathways when moving to FOLIO, between full implementation to starting with ERM (electronic resource management) functionality before replacing an existing ILS or by leveraging FOLIO apps such as circulation and inventory.
As libraries continue to implement the FOLIO LSP, FOLIO developers ensure that components can be readily developed or replaced in new releases as technologies and requirements evolve. The next release will be the Iris Release which is expected in March 2021. Information about the FOLIO Community and the upcoming releases can be found at https://wiki.folio.org.
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.