In our last Resource Management SIG meeting we discussed the integration of vendors in regard to the ordering workflows in FOLIO. Since the definition of a “integrated vendor” is not set yet and we have a wide range of possibilities where the communication process between FOLIO and vendor systems can be improved and more forward-looking compared to other ILS systems I would like to start the discussion with a bigger scope.
The definition of a FOLIO “integrated vendor” needs to be agreed upon rather soon than later since manual data entry for ordering data cannot be an option even for early versions of FOLIO. In the meeting the idea of a normalization layer came up.
I think the three key questions are:
1.) Who needs to be part of this discussion?
2.) Where can/should the communication between vendors and libraries be automated?
3.) How do we promote the use of up-to-date technology in FOLIO’s interfaces?
Other fields that might worth exploring:
- Advanced status communication / Parcel tracking -> integrate vendor’s status updates into the status display of each order
- Duplication control between integrated vendors
- Integrate vendor notifications into the FOLIO communication channel -> PIN, Out of Print, Quotes, …
- FOLIO workflow trigger by vendor systems