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On June 24, 2022, the Five College Consortium (5C) migrated from Ex Libris Aleph to the open source library service platform the Futures of Libraries is Open or FOLIO. The 5C consists of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and UMass Amherst all in Western Massachusetts Amherst, Holyoke, and Northampton areas. For the 5C, this migration took almost 4 years. That time was spent on carrying out an implementation strategy and spearheading multiple cleanup projects. Post migration, work continues to evolve as FOLIO develops more features and becomes more mature. This is especially true in terms of how we catalog and manage our metadata in FOLIO not only for our individual institutions but also for the 5C as a whole. In this presentation, I’d like to cover why the 5C decided to migrate to FOLIO, what steps were taken for our migration, what is happening post migration, and some lessons learned, all through the lens of cataloging and metadata.




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