FERM & FOLIO: What does it all mean?

Hello Five Colleges!

If you’re looking for a better understanding of the electronic resource management apps in FOLIO, then look no further! Owen Stephens, a UK developer who acts as product owner for the Agreement and License Apps has developed a glossary for the two apps with explanations what each field is expected to be used for as well as default settings and reference values. Please note, the FOLIO Electronic Resources Management (FERM) Working Group has customized our settings and reference data so the values in the spreadsheets below may not reflect what appears in the 5C tenant settings. Owen has put out several spreadsheets which are linked below:

Agreements App Field Glossary
Agreements App Default Values

Licenses App Field Glossary
Licenses App Default Values

FERM will be working over the next several weeks to stress test our customized values and will submit changes to the hosting team at EBSCO. We expect much of what is currently in the Daisy settings to migrate into Edelweiss. Once we’ve finalized our settings and reference data we will be creating local versions of the above spreadsheets as well as some best practices for working in the FOLIO ERM apps. If you have questions on a field, see something you think might be missing, or just want to learn more – please reach out to your local FERM member or to me (jmulvaney@umass.edu) and we can try and get you an answer.

FERM meets twice a month to discuss FOLIO ERM as well as our mutual Full Text Finder (FTF) migrations. If you’d like us to consider something for discussion please send it to your local FERM rep.

FERM & FAWG Joint Meetings Report

FOLIO Implementation Consultant, Anya Arnold, was visiting this week with many groups at the Five Colleges. Several decisions were made which will impact our FOLIO use going forward. The first of these is the decision to go forward with implementation in June/July with licenses/agreements for continuing electronic resources including the orders accompanying those new resources. This means that e-journals and e-journal packages, ebook packages, and databases will be implemented this summer using the FOLIO modules of Organizations, Agreements, Licenses, and Orders.

Another decision made jointly by FAWG (FOLIO Acquisitions Working Group) and FERM (FOLIO Electronic Resource Management) is that we will always use the same two-letter institutional codes to denote the individual schools in the Five Colleges. These codes will be in CAPS followed by a space in most FOLIO modules. In the Acquisitions module, the prefix will be the two-letter code (no space) followed by numbers. The codes used will be the same ones we are currently using in FOLIO: AC-Amherst, HC-Hampshire, MH-Mt Holyoke, UM-UMass, SC-Smith. We anticipate that this can be used in apps that will not be brought up this summer and are working with members of the other working groups to make sure this method will be used globally in FOLIO.

Please reach out to a member of FAWG, FERM or FIT (FOLIO Implementation Team) if you have any questions about these recent decisions or other general FOLIO concerns/comments. We would love to hear from you!