NEWS RELEASE: RMG Consultants, Inc., 15 January 2017, Chicago

RMG's 2017 ALA/Midwinter Presidents' Seminar: The View from the Top,

Friday January 20, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center GWCC A312

Will FOLIO inspire a new era of collaboration and interoperability among library industry systems, services, and customers — and with publishers?

Will FOLIO's Open Source Applications Architecture and Components be used in product development with other library services platforms?

  • Will FOLIO be adapted and developed by library industry companies as well as libraries?
  • Would leveraging FOLIO free company resources for meaningful innovation in new library services?

The following panelists will be asked to lead-off with brief explanations (2-to-3 minutes each) of the basics:

  • Neil Block: What is FOLIO — and the roles of EBSCO and Index Data?
  • Michael Winkler: What are the Open Library Foundation & Open Library Environment?
  • Todd Carpenter: What is NISO - and will FOLIO spur new standards?
  • Sebastian Hammer: What's library-industry-new in FOLIO's technology concepts?

Will FOLIO's Open Source Applications Architecture Inspire a Catch-Up and Go-Ahead, Across-the-Library-Industry Automation Era with Improved Interoperability among Companies, Systems, and Services; Easy, Simple, and Satisfying Library User Experiences with Content Discovery and Delivery; and New Solutions, Services, and Apps from Libraries, Consortia, Open Library Communities, Companies, and Entrepreneurs?

  • Will Diverse, Collaborating, and Competing Library Communities and Companies Leverage a Common Open Source Microservices-Driven Core/Platform (think Apache Software Foundation, Linux, Android) to the Advantage of All?
  • Can the Library Industry create a Global Library EcoSystem of Services and Software to benefit Library Users Worldwide?

These questions and topics are Posed for RMG's Annual Presidents' at which company leaders are asked to consider possibilities for new standards and open source platforms to bring a new era of collaboration and interoperability among library industry systems, services, and customers — and with publishers.

  • What are NISO, Open Library Foundation, Open Library Environment, and FOLIO? ( )
  • What are the roles of EBSCO Information Services and Index Data in developing FOLIO?
  • Will microservices kick-start a new era of library industry offerings that wow, thrill, and attract library users? (Https://
  • How will NISO and new standards figure in developing interoperability among library industry players — and FOLIO?
  • How will FOLIO work with NISO (National Information Standards Organization)?
  • Will FOLIO bring app architecture to ILSs/LSPs and other Library Industry platforms?
  • What's your favorite app - why? What apps do kids, girls, boys, YAs, mothers, fathers, grandfathers, grandmothers like - and why?
  • Could FOLIO's API components be used with (added to?) current ILS/LSP platforms without replacing them?
  • Could the FOLIO platform work for all types of library ILSs/LSPs: Academic, Public, Special?
  • Could FOLIO serve as a neutral "Interoperability Platform" for the Library Industry?
  • Will FOLIO lead to Mixed Source Systems built with Open and Proprietary components and apps?
  • How do Library Industry Companies view the significance of FOLIO?
    • ILS/LSP Companies?
    • e- book suppliers?
    • Discovery Service providers?
  • What are FOLIO's possibilities and consequences?
    • Intended and Unintended ?
    • Wanted and Unwanted ?
    • Disruptive ?
    • Constructive?
  • Will FOLIO inspire aspiration, creativity, and innovation for libraries to incorporate new technologies from other industries?
    • Killer 5G-ready mobility services?
    • Drones to move books?
    • Autonomous cars to connect people and libraries?
    • Voice requests and instructions?
    • Artificial Intelligence?
    • Robots?
  • What are the chances for realizing RMG's 2014 Industry Challenge (see below) for a Library Services Content Model with easy, simple, and satisfying user experiences to find and use licensed and open content?
  • A vision for Libraries to provide readers, viewers, listeners, gamers, and tactile users with the content they want in the languages and formats they prefer: print, electronic, audio, multimedia, interactive, tactile
  • Will publishers work to establish libraries as retail conduits for content?
  • For library users to rent or purchase content discovered through library searches but not available?

Continuing the themes of RMG's 2013 and 2014 Town Hall Seminars' that focussed on transformational impacts on libraries, RMG once again invites vendors to report progress and problems in delivering cross-industry services that position libraries to offer radically improved customer services and user experiences, and to increase ROI in content and technology.

Participating companies & executives include:

  • BiblioLabs (Mitchell Davis),
  • Demco (Mike Grasee),
  • EBSCO (Neil Block),
  • Index Data (Sebastian Hammer),
  • Innovative Interfaces (James Tallman),
  • NISO (Todd Carpenter),
  • Open Library Foundation & Open Library Environment (Michael Winkler),
  • Overdrive (Steve Potash),
  • Penguin Random House (Skip Dye),
  • ProQuest (Jane Burke),
  • PTFS/LibLime (Patrick Jones),
  • SirsiDynix (Bill Davison),
  • The Library Corporation (Annette Murphy)

The RMG Seminar is open to everyone for dialogue on topical issues and concerns -- registration is not required.

Attendees are invited to ask questions of Library Industry executives entrusted with delivering platforms and solutions for global library systems, services, and content to thousands of libraries serving millions of library users worldwide.

Rob McGee will moderate the session with assistance from Marshall Breeding and RMG's Geoff Payne (Melbourne Office).

About RMG Consultants, Inc.

RMG Consultants, Inc. is an information technology consulting firm specializing in team-based enterprise learning processes for IT planning and procurement projects and IT Strategic Planning for libraries and Higher Education institutions. RMG helps libraries identify and take advantage of digital opportunities to re-engineer services, processes, workflows, and practices — and to determine ROI in technology choices.