It has been awhile since we have had a general update regarding the Five College’s implementation of FOLIO. The good news is that during these trying times of COVID-19, work has continued on FOLIO, both at the broader community level and here at the Five Colleges. The Five Colleges now have the latest release of FOLIO installed, ‘Goldenrod’, and are currently in production for the core modules of Electronic Resource Management (ERM). The Five College ERM working group did an amazing job testing software and looking at data migrated from both ALEPH and Coral. A big shout-out to the Five College ERM working group for all their work on testing and to Aaron Neslin at UMass and Alex Soto at EBSCO for all their hard work related to data conversion of agreements and organization data. Thanks to all their efforts, the Five Colleges have now begun managing parts of our e-resources using the Agreements and Organizations modules in FOLIO.
Work continues in other areas of FOLIO also. Other Five College working groups have been busy evaluating data conversion related to inventory, continuing to work circulation rules and procedures, and working on acquisitions procedures and order data conversion. Stay tuned for more information on these areas in the near future.
Additionally the FOLIO community at large is making a shift in the production release cycle. FOLIO has been releasing a new version 4 times a year, which allowed for rapid deployment of new features. However the FOLIO community will be moving to 3 major releases per year; March, July and November. This will have some affect on our details of our schedule but it is something we need to evaluate in relation to new features we are waiting for and when they will be released.
Welcome to the start of the new academic year and stay safe.