The Library/Folio Support Team is responsible for development and maintenance of Stanford's current campus-wide information system, Folio, and evolving successor services. A major focus of our work is support of Socrates (Stanford's library catalog), and other research information sources delivered in Folio under the auspices of the Libraries of Stanford.
The Library/Folio Support Team is responsible for development and maintenance of Stanford's current campus-wide information system, Folio, and evolving successor services. Some of these information sources are created locally in various University offices and departments. Others are created elsewhere and made accessible in Folio.
Folio's programmatic focus is delivery of public, wide-interest, high-use research and subject databases for the Stanford community, including Stanford's library catalog (Socrates), periodical abstracting and indexing databases, other research information services offered under the auspices of the libraries, student services databases (jobs, internships, housing, scholarships, student organizations, etc.), and similar services of interest to faculty and staff as well as students (staff jobs, community services, local banking information, calendar of events, phone directories, etc.).
Socrates was created in 1983, and in 1986 the Folio infrastructure was built around Socrates, in order to deliver multiple databases within a single interface. Folio began as a way to deliver SPIRES databases, but has since evolved to include many other types of information resources.
Our main challenge for the future is to decide how best to respond to the rapidly-changing information environment around us. Which resources are best delivered in Folio and which are best delivered by other mechanisms? How should we integrate Folio services with other information services at Stanford? And can we make these transitions and migrations smoothly and painlessly?