On Monday, June 8, 2020 the new information systems for users of the Missouri State University Libraries came online. MSU has the distinction of being the first academic institution in the United States to fully implement FOLIO — the Future Of Libraries Is Open — the new open-source library services platform.
The implementation team at the MSU Libraries worked with a team from EBSCO, which is hosting the new system for MSU, and librarians and developers in Europe to bring up the new systems. It truly was a worldwide collaborative team effort, but several individuals at MSU deserve a shout-out for their amazing contributions: Raegan Wiechert, Tracy Patton, Brooks Travis, and Mark Arnold. These four employees of the MSU Libraries have quickly become go-to experts within the worldwide FOLIO community for their innovative thinking and expertise on various aspects of this exciting new system. Congratulations to everyone involved. The users of the MSU Libraries are the big winners, and this massive implementation helps position the MSU Libraries for continued success well into the future.