On June 5, 2018, EBSCO Information Services announced that the Five Colleges agreed to be an EBSCO FOLIO Beta partner. Since that time, much has happened to steer our Five Colleges towards FOLIO implementation. A new landing page for the FOLIO project was created. There is the FOLIO Implementation Team (FIT) whose members come from all the Five Colleges. And FIT has been working hard to coordinate implementation as can be seen from the documentation and regular updates communicated through Newsletters and now the Five Colleges FOLIO News.
As we enter Phase 03 of the implementation milestones or data migration and testing, FIT has launched the Record Merge Working Group. The members of this working group are Steven Bischof, Sharon Domier, Jennifer Eustis (lead), Rebecca Henning, and Colin Van Alstine. The Record Merge Working Group (5CRMWG) is tasked with creating a recommendations document for the merge, and, has also created a charge. Members of our working group will be reaching out to you to open and continue discussions on what it means to merge records, what records should be merged or not, and any questions about the merge. Our first group discussion is scheduled for April 12, 2019 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am in the UMass W.E.B. Du Bois Library in Room 1920. We encourage people to come in person. Realizing that is not always possible, a virtual option will be available.
As we work on the recommendations document, the 5CRMWG will share updates via this blog, Five Colleges listservs, and slack (via the #5crmwg channel). We encourage the entire Five College community to participate in these discussions.