Partnering to Advance the Library of the Future
EPAM’s Open Source Expertise Drives Success with EBSCO
At a glance
- Open Source
- Business Information & Publishing
EPAM has become a true partner to EBSCO in developing and constantly improving a leading open source library services platform, used by some of the world’s most consequential libraries. With our multidisciplinary approach, we have helped foster flexibility, innovation and user-friendly functionality for librarians and patrons worldwide.
Revolutionizing the Library Experience
FOLIO is an open source library services platform (LSP) that serves as a modular, constantly evolving resource for libraries. Launched in 2016, FOLIO (Future of Libraries is Open) is designed to foster collaboration among developers and librarians, enabling apps to be built to deliver more choice and better services and features for end users. It’s built for librarians by librarians and library service providers.
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of products and services to libraries, with customers all over the world. A founding member of the FOLIO project, EBSCO remains a key contributor, providing development project management and marketing and communications resources as a member of the FOLIO community. EBSCO has created a team to provide hosting and service support to make FOLIO a viable option for libraries of all sizes, including libraries that don’t have large technical services staffs to manage the heavy migration process or system maintenance.
More than 100 major libraries across the globe, including some of the largest and most complex, are currently using EBSCO FOLIO. The world’s largest library, the Library of Congress, recently announced it had chosen EBSCO FOLIO, citing the need for a user-centered approach that is flexible and secure.
Opening Up Possibility
HEAR FROM EBSCO
“EPAM's multidisciplinary product development team worked closely with EBSCO throughout every aspect of the FOLIO project, from requirements gathering and analysis to implementation and launch. EBSCO's choice to partner with EPAM was a strategic decision, driven by EPAM's technical excellence, its global footprint and ability to collaborate effectively, ultimately leading the FOLIO project to success. EPAM's extensive cross-industry experience and skilled software engineers made them a natural choice for FOLIO’s technology requirements and complex challenges.”
Senior Vice President, Agile Development
EPAM contributed our full range of software development expertise to the project including planning, analysis and architectural design, implementation, testing, deployment, risk management and maintenance.
FOLIO is built on modern architecture to ensure ongoing innovation. There are more than 3,800 contributors—with that number steadily growing—who share both technical and non-technical expertise to continually improve FOLIO across library workflows. Their ideas and feedback are what drive progress, delivering the best of what open source has to offer: sustainable community collaboration that leads to smarter features and services.
FOLIO uses microservice architecture, which enables rapid, independent development and a simplified application update process. Microservices are language-agnostic; the popular Java and Java Script languages are both commonly used in the project. The FOLIO Platform includes standard integrated library system (ILS) modules such as circulation, cataloging and acquisitions.
With cloud and on-prem hosting options, FOLIO is as flexible as it is adaptable.
Apps and modules built by EBSCO with EPAM
Libraries using EBSCO/FOLIO
Contributors to FOLIO
Building a Modern Library Technology
EPAM has been with FOLIO from the beginning, contributing to 201 apps and modules and counting. We’ve introduced EngX best practices to the community. EPAM’s Open Source project Carrier.IO is used for ongoing performance testing.
FOLIO’s features include:
Seeing the Future
The result of our partnership with EBSCO is a library resource that makes it easy to access the full lifecycle of library management services including cataloging, inventory, circulation of books, circulation of electronic sources, networking among libraries and more.
Users include large universities (Texas A&M, Cornell, Michigan State) as well as public libraries (Shanghai Library, the biggest library in China) and specialized libraries (Notre Dame Law Library).
EPAM’s ongoing partnership with EBSCO promises exciting innovations in library management solutions, enabling libraries worldwide to benefit from the open, extensible nature of FOLIO.