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Okanagan College becomes first Talis Aspire site on FOLIO Library Services Platform

Natalie Naik

Talis, a SAGE Publishing Company extends its congratulations to the library team at Okanagan College, upon their successful transition from Voyager ILS to the FOLIO Library Services Platform.

This transition also places Okanagan College as the first FOLIO site in Canada, and the first institution integrating Talis Aspire with FOLIO globally. Okanagan College is leveraging the FOLIO platform using EBSCO FOLIO from EBSCO Information Services for hosting and service support.

The Library Director at Okanagan College, Ross Tyner, shares that “as early adopters of Talis Aspire in Canada, we recognized that we had found in Talis a partner who could help us provide a consistent student experience, even as we work to iteratively improve our library’s IT ecosystem. Talis Aspire is now providing real-time insight into library holdings, directly within our learning management system.”

Talis CEO Alison Spencer adds “Talis is committed to providing a platform-neutral resource list solution. Okanagan College’s move to FOLIO demonstrates the flexibility of the Talis Aspire architecture. Having adopted Talis Aspire in 2019, Okanagan College continues to be a valuable participant in our expanding Talis Aspire community in North America, and we applaud their success.”

Talis Aspire goes beyond Course Reserves, enabling faculty to build comprehensive lists of resources to promote a richer, more nuanced perspective to students. Copyright audit trail and collection-development data help extend the system’s impact on the library and faculty members as well.

About Talis 

Talis is a part of the SAGE Publishing group, and provides technology solutions designed to enhance teaching & learning outcomes, globally. Talis Aspire is an online resource list tool that integrates seamlessly with any Learning Management System and Library Services Platform. Talis Elevate promotes active learning and enhances student engagement with materials of all types. For more information about Talis, please visit talis.com.

About Okanagan College

Okanagan College is a public, post-secondary institution with over 120 certificates, diplomas, degrees and programs including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship trades programs. Its largest campus is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Established in 1963, Okanagan College has since grown to be the largest college in British Columbia outside the Lower Mainland and Victoria with over 8,500 full-time students on four regional campuses and is the second-largest trade school in British Columbia. Approximately 1,000 international students from over 40 countries currently study at Okanagan College.

About FOLIO

FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information go to www.folio.org.

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