Hello, I’ve been to a few FOLIO events and am excited about the project. I am the consortial coordinator for the Western North Carolina Library Network where 3 academic state libraries have shared an Innovative Inc ILS system for the past 25 years. Over the past several years we have been feeling the pains an constraints of our aging system, so I’m hoping that FOLIO could shape up to be a great solution for us.
I’ve thought a bit about what might be the optimal way for FOLIO to work with consortia, and right now I’m thinking it would be more productive for a single server instance to only support a simple branch system such as for public libraries or separate colleges within a single campus, and not go so far as to support multiple financial institutions using a single server.
Rather I think in this age of virtual machines and cloud server platforms it would be more productive to develop a robust system for linking separate instances together which would allow for discovery layers to search multiple FOLIO databases at the same time, and also allow for seamless ILL between connected libraries and thier users.
I’d love to hear what other’s think? Perhaps I’m missing some logic here?