Day Zero EBSCO Workshop #1
from 1 to 5pm

Get your teeth into the FOLIO open source library services platform

Calling All…

Library Strategists – Share your vision of how library technology should look and evolve

Developers – Get your hands dirty learning how to develop the library service platform through building and extending apps

Experts & Advocates – Contribute your functional knowledge in any area of library workflows

This half-day Workshop (1.00-5.00pm) provides a hands-on introduction to the FOLIO library services platform.

The FOLIO project is a community collaboration to develop an open source library services platform. The project has engaged a growing community of librarians, developers and commercial entities, and design and development of the platform has progressed at a steady rate with the first release due in 2018. Most importantly, the platform fundamentals have been established through a network of participants who are focused on delivering an architecture for evolution and growth – for FOLIO community is everything.

Participants should have a genuine interest in helping create an open future for libraries. In the workshop you will have a willingness to contribute via code, testing, and sharing your functional knowledge of library workflows.

Two Workshop Streams

Communication Spaces Stream - For library strategists, experts and developers

The FOLIO project has four primary communication channels and several secondary communication channels. Participants will gain an understanding of the FOLIO communication spaces and collaboration tools, and how to use them, to have input and help steer the development. Developers will also explore hot to efficiently discuss various topics such as issues, usage quirks, new features, and documentation improvements.

Developer Stream

This workshop will introduce developers to FOLIO. Participants will work with their own Vagrant image through a series of exercises designed to demonstrate how to install an app on the platform and use the data sources and design elements the platform provides. The developer stream has a few prerequisites:

  1. Familiarity with vagrant and virtualbox
  2. Able to execute commands in windows command prompt or linux terminal, e.g. curl, mvn, java
  3. Understanding of http protocol to execute JSON based RESTful requests
  4. IMPORTANT: Bring your own laptop and cables!

Your Workshop Facilitators

Richard Burkitt: EBSCO Director of SaaS Innovation – Europe, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa

Richard has worked in the information industry for 15+ years for a number of high profile organisations. He’s held a variety of positions, split between commercial and technical perspectives. In his current role with EBSCO Richard has responsibilities for EBSCO Discovery Service and FOLIO - the Open Source, community-driven Library Services Platform, in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Prior to joining EBSCO Richard led the Sales Engineering team in Europe, Middle East and Africa for Serials Solutions/ProQuest for 8 years. Richard’s motivations include the use of technology in education and in particular working with library patron and staff services to enhance resource use and streamline workflows within the physical and virtual library. Richard lives in Yorkshire, UK.

Alvet Miranda: EBSCO Library Services Engineering Manager

Alvet lives in Melbourne and works as a Library Services Engineering Manager with EBSCO. He has 15+ years’ experience developing software solutions for a wide range of industries and businesses. He holds a BSc. in Software Engineering, Master of Business Administration and Master of Applied Finance including over a dozen certifications such as Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Practitioner. He enjoys creating beautiful software and when he is not writing code or travelling to see customers, he does research for his thesis as a doctoral candidate at the Victoria University in Australia.

You Must Register: attendance is free to Tech Camp delegates, but online registration is essential and numbers are strictly limited. First in, best dressed with only 25 spaces available.

What Else?

Drinks after! Yes, that’s right. The FOLIO Workshop Networking Hour, involving great company, good food and a drink or two – follows immediately after the Workshop, and is provided by the generous folk at EBSCO. Onsite at the bar, Level TBA, William Angliss Conference Centre – 5.00-6.00pm. Again, registration is essential - please indicate your attendance when you register for the workshop.

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