The FOLIO Community Names New Picks For Product Council and Technical Council

~ New Governance Model Welcomes 22 Community Members to Oversight Posts ~

PHILADELPHIA — July 12, 2021 — The results are in for the FOLIO Product Council and the Technical Council. Eleven community members were named to each council and will serve two-year terms. The makeup of the councils represents institutions around the world, library service providers and developers involved in the FOLIO community.

The Product Council is charged with guiding the functional development and managing the scope of the platform. The Technical Council will be responsible for maintaining technical policies and best practices as well as the platform infrastructure and operational stability.

The new members of the Product Council are:

  • Anya Arnold (EBSCO Information Services)
  • Jesse Koennecke (Cornell University)
  • Kristin Martin (University of Chicago)
  • Peter Murray (Index Data)
  • Philip Scheuer (Stanford University)
  • Martina Schildt (GBV)
  • Owen Stephens (Knowledge Integration)
  • Brooks Travis (Missouri State University)
  • Martina Tumulla (HBZ)
  • Sharon Wiles-Young (Lehigh University)
  • Gang Zhou (Shanghai Library)

The new members of Technical Council are:

  • Raman Auramau (EPAM)
  • Dennis Benndorf (GBV)
  • Zak Burke (Cornell/FOLIO Community)
  • Mark Deutsch (Duke University)
  • Jeremy Huff (Texas A&M University)
  • Marc Johnson (Knowledge Integration)
  • Steffen Kohler (Leipzig University Library)
  • Craig McNally (EBSCO Information Services)
  • Tod Olson (University of Chicago)
  • Phil Robinson (Cornell University)
  • Jakub Skoczen (Index Data)

The elections are part of FOLIO’s new governance model, which established a Community Council. One of the Community Council’s first charges was running these elections. Mike Gorrell, Community Council Chair from Index Data, says the community was able to nominate from a strong list of active members. “The FOLIO project has brought together a tremendous cross section of experts to build this open source library services platform. As these councils begin to take over guiding FOLIO, we expect the depth and breadth of their expertise to benefit the entire community. We are grateful for their service.”


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

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