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.
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
Index 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: