The National Central Library of Florence (BNCF) claims to be the first national public library to have launched FOLIO. BNCF is using FOLIO for the management of users and circulation operations as well as for some pre-cataloging activities. The implementation project, led by @Cult, included the creation of a new website, the renewal of the OPAC and FOLIO hosting services from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO).
In August 2020, BNCF began managing all the functional services for the circulation of documents with the help of the FOLIO LSP and new front-end systems designed to communicate with FOLIO. Since then, BNCF has migrated the data of more than 200,000 users and approximately 3 million publications to FOLIO. All the applications used are open source, as requested by Italian law and strongly supported by the BNCF, which chose the supplier through an initial expression of interest and then a tender.
The BNCF implementation owes its success to strong collaborations between @Cult and EBSCO and with the BNCF staff coordinated by Digital Librarian Chiara Storti and Head of Information Services Cristiano Corsani.
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