Meet Index Data at ALA Midwinter in Seattle

Index Data will be at ALA Midwinter in the Washington State Convention Center on January 25th through the 28th, and we would love to talk with you about our projects using technology to re-imagine how services are offered to your users.

In Presentations

Sebastian Hammer joins Peter McCracken from Cornell University for a session about FOLIO’s impact on the library marketplace in the Symposium on the Future of Libraries.  See if this quote from the session description whets your appetite:

What do you think a future library marketplace should it look like? Should it contain just a few giants (or, worse, just one), dominating the space and having sufficiently broad control that they significantly impact what you can and cannot acquire? Or would you prefer a broad range of content providers and vendors, offering a vibrant marketplace of products and ideas?

In an enormous marketplace like general retail, individual buyers don’t have much impact. I may choose to not buy from Amazon, but my decision will have no impact on Amazon’s bottom line. But in a small space like the library market, where each buyer represents so much more than an individual consumer in the broad marketplace, the actions of just a few libraries can impact the direction and development of that marketplace. Library decision-makers have the ability to impact the marketplace by thoughtfully determining how they spend money.

We believe that, if designed with care, the FOLIO Marketplace will be just such a dynamic place, where individuals and institutions can help shape our community’s future. The FOLIO Marketplace, and the manner in which FOLIO is being developed and distributed, changes how libraries can acquire the resources they need to keep providing newer and better services to their patrons.

Interested?  Join Sebastian and Peter on Saturday, January 26 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Washington State Convention Center, Room 606.

On the Exhibit Floor

When we are not in presentations or meetings with clients, you can find us on the exhibit floor in booth #2611.  We are located just inside the exhibit hall from the ALA Store and ALA Lounge.

At the FOLIO Aster Release Party

FOLIO Aster Release BadgeIndex Data joins the Open Library Foundation community in celebrating the Aster Release of the FOLIO software.  The release party will be Saturday, January 26 from 7:30 – 10:00 PM at the Pike Brewing Company on 1415 First Avenue in Seattle.  Whether you’ve actively participated in the project or want to see what a fun group we are, please RSVP and join us on Saturday evening.

On Your Schedule

We would love the opportunity to talk with you on your schedule.  Whether it’s our work on FOLIO, our efforts in Project Reshare to help launch a community-owned resource sharing platform, or our renowned discovery tools, we’re here to journey with you as you think about how technology impacts your services.  Please contact one of our team attending Midwinter to set up a time:

Sebastian Hammer participates in the FOLIO Year-in-Review on Wednesday


Index Data co-founder Sebastian Hammer is joined by Michael Winkler (managing director, OLE partners) and Christopher Spalding (vice president of open source platforms and communities, EBSCO) for a Year-in-Review webinar of the FOLIO Project.  Registration is open for the live webinar on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 11:00am Eastern U.S. time.  If the webinar is full – and to watch the recording after Wednesday – go to the Open Library Foundation YouTube channel.

Last year’s Year-in-Review is one of the project’s most watched videos, and this year promises to be the same.


Project ReShare Launches: Community-owned Library Resource Sharing Platform Attracts Significant Contributions

A group of leading library and information organizations, including Index Data, has come together to create Project ReShare – a new and open approach to library resource sharing systems. ReShare aims to inject new life into this space by developing a community-owned resource sharing platform.

ReShare’s open source software will be built with a modular architecture focused on user-centric design. Organizations can adapt the system to their specific needs and experiment with new service models. Users will have the option to install the platform locally or select a preferred vendor for hosting and support. ReShare’s Apache 2.0 software license will allow libraries, developers, and vendors to innovate freely. Project ReShare is currently seeking membership in the Open Library Foundation, which will own the project’s intellectual property.

To read the full press release, go to

Index Data at European BIBFRAME Workshop, Sept. 18 – 19

Index Data’s Kristen Wilson will give a talk at the European BIBFRAME Workshop, to be held September 18-19 in Florence, Italy. She will present “Exploring the Practical Implementation of a Linked Data Catalog,” which will describe exploratory work being done by Index Data and the University of Chicago to build a BIBFRAME-based storage system in FOLIO. The workshop will provide a forum for participants to share experiences and discuss ideas related to the transition from MARC to linked data using the BIBFRAME model.

Visit Index Data at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Booth #930!

Index Data will be exhibiting at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 21 – 26, so drop by and visit us at Booth #930. We would love to see you! For a free exhibit pass, please send us an email.

If you’d like to chat, call us to set something up in advance, since our schedule tends to get a little crowded during the conference.


Index Data is exhibiting at ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans

FOLIO Update and Demo at Fenway Library Organization

On May 25th, Lynn Bailey, CEO (Index Data), and Harry Kaplanian, Senior Product Manager for FOLIO (EBSCO) gave an update on the FOLIO project and a demo of current functionality for the Fenway Library Organization.

Index Data Proud to Sponsor WOLFcon

The FOLIO community is vibrant, and Index Data is proud to be a major sponsor of the WOLFcon conference in May 2018. WOLFcon – World Open Library Foundation Conference – will convene about 200 people from all over the world to discuss strategy, fine-tune technical direction, plan implementations and deepen relationships.

Sebastian Hammer, a keynote speaker, says “The collaboration within the FOLIO community has been awesome, and bringing these virtual teams together to meet in person provides an extra jolt of energy and creativity. It’s a brilliant thing to see.”

The 4-day conference will be held in Durham, NC.  For more information see .

Index Data Seeks a Customer Advocate


Join Index DataIndex Data is seeking a talented, independent systems thinker to fill the role of Customer Advocate. We are a software and services company delivering solutions for the future of libraries. Founded in 1994, Index Data is a global, highly talented, distributed team of diverse, fun, interesting and accomplished people. We pull the team together multiple times a year, whether it’s Montreal, Madrid, Durham or Copenhagen, and enjoy a strong history of enthusiastic collaboration amongst our team and with the wider community. Index Data is a leading force in the development of the FOLIO platform and community, and has been delivering Open source software for over 20 years.

As the Customer Advocate, you will partner with customers, prospects and community as they adopt our solutions to ensure we have a proper fit, a successful implementation and that the overall customer experience is superior. Leveraging your exceptional organizational and communication skills and talents, you will perform a wide range of duties, including:

  • Customer Service
  • Account Management
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Solution and Process Architecture
  • Quality Assurance
  • Project Management

To be successful, you will need:

  • 10+ years in the library industry
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated understanding of library workflows and technologies
  • Strong sense of ownership and masterful attention to detail
  • Ability and comfort working from home with a remote, distributed team
  • Comfort wearing many hats and ‘doing whatever it takes’ to get the job done
  • Be based in North America

Things that would be cool:

  • You have industry recognition (awards, presentations, publications, memberships)
  • You can code (we don’t expect you to code, but it would be cool if you have in the past)
  • You are an Open Source advocate
  • You are passionate about the future of libraries

Index Data offers a competitive benefits package, and really is a great place to work. Please consider joining us!  Email your cover letter and CV to

Sebastian Hammer Speaking at CNI Spring 2018 Membership Meeting, April 13

Index Data’s Sebastian Hammer will be speaking at the CNI Spring 2018 Membership Meeting along with Dean Krafft from Cornell about creating a FOLIO-based ILS.

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.

Nassib Nassar Speaking at CNI Spring 2018 Membership Meeting, April 13

On Friday, April 13, Nassib Nassar will give a talk at the CNI Spring 2018 Membership Meeting on A Data Sharing Model for Decentralized Research Data Management, about a model and lightweight tool for sharing data sets.

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.