The FOLIO Open Source Community has issued its twelfth named release as the platform continues to add features and functionality to the library services platform (LSP). The Lotus Release contains over 60 new features including test coverage and performance improvements, along with updates to existing apps like data import, data export, acquisitions, and more.
The Lotus Release offers platform enhancements that provide librarians with a better user experience in the FOLIO platform. These enhancements include creating and updating MARC authority records, acquisition information displayed in inventory records, extended MARC fields for matching in data import, browsing titles by call number and subjects, and Export orders in EDIFACT format.
Academic institutions have taken a variety of pathways when moving to FOLIO, between full implementation to starting with ERM (electronic resource management) functionality before replacing an existing ILS, or by leveraging FOLIO apps such as circulation and inventory.
As libraries continue to implement the FOLIO LSP, FOLIO developers ensure that components can be readily developed or replaced in new releases as technologies and requirements evolve. The next release will be Morning Glory, which is expected in August 2022. Information about the FOLIO Community and the upcoming releases can be found at https://wiki.folio.org. Details on the full list of improvements in the Lotus Release can be found at the FOLIO Wiki.Click here to read the original press release.