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CRL implements a new library service platform and catalogue -

CRL has announced that it is implementing FOLIO as its new library services platform. FOLIO is a community-driven, open-source platform that supports traditional library operations and positions us for greater community collaboration around knowledge management.

CRL chose FOLIO because it is aligned with CRL’s core values of open infrastructure and responsible operations. Joining the FOLIO community creates opportunities for CRL to better serve its members and partners through active engagement in future library initiatives that build a better knowledge infrastructure. As a FOLIO Community Partner, CRL staff and other resources contribute to its growth and development.

CRL contracted EBSCO Information Services to provide support and maintenance for FOLIO. CRL chose EBSCO as a partner because of their experience migrating Millennium systems to FOLIO, their large team of experts earmarked to support CRL's migration and investment in FOLIO. EBSCO is an active member of the FOLIO community and contributes developer expertise and code to the ongoing development of FOLIO to support libraries.

In conjunction with CRL’s adoption of FOLIO, a new online catalogue went live on June 15, 2022. The new online catalogue will be accessible through the familiar catalog.crl.edu web address.

The new CRL catalogue powered by VuFind is an open-source resource portal built by and for the library community. VuFind works with FOLIO to deliver an enhanced discovery experience. CRL's technical teams and discovery experts have customised VuFind to preserve popular collection navigation scopes and familiar CRL features with VuFind modernisations, such as advanced faceting.

A community review of the new catalogue by member representatives will contribute more features and other user experience enhancements in the coming months.

Click here to read the original press release.

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