From the Library of Congress:

The Library of Congress has awarded a major contract to develop and implement a new open-source computing platform that will revolutionize the way the Library’s vast physical and digital collections are managed and made accessible to the public, Congress, employees of the Library and to other institutions.

The new Library Collections Access Platform software application will serve as the heart of the Library’s collections management operations, connecting multiple stand-alone computer systems into a single window for the acquisition, description, inventory and discovery of the Library’s collections.

The library awarded an IDIQ contract to EBSCO Information Services, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, with an initial expenditure of $7.77 million. The first phase of platform development will cost $10.4 million over three years to accommodate the scale and complexity of library operations, with options to invest in additional components that could be developed by other other suppliers and could extend beyond the three-year period. EBSCO will adapt FOLIO, a community-developed open-source library services solution, to provide a library services platform that meets the library’s computing requirements and the needs of library users.

“This is an important step in our journey toward implementing a user-centric approach to connecting more people to library collections,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “We are grateful for Congress’s generous investment in this next-generation system that is critical to the Library’s digital-forward strategy, which leverages technology to bridge geographic divides, expand our reach, and improve our services. .”

The platform will replace several legacy IT systems and provide library staff with new, more efficient tools and workflows to manage ever-growing physical and digital collections at scale. It will provide researchers with a simplified discovery experience and new ways to access high-quality metadata. It will also enable the use of BIBFRAME, a new standard for bibliographic description developed by the library and partner organizations that uses a linked data model to make bibliographic information more useful both inside and outside the library. the library community.

When the platform is fully operational, it will allow users to perform comprehensive searches of the vast collections of the world’s largest library. The system will have more advanced IT security controls and will adapt to changing technology and the growth of digital content.

“The Library of Congress has long played a central role in the development of open formats and standards for the library community. An open source solution that supports linked open data will have benefits beyond library staff and users, supporting other institutions nationwide,” said Kate Zwaard, Associate Librarian for Library Services. discovery and preservation.

“Implementing the Library’s Collections Access Platform is one of the Library’s highest technology priorities,” said Robin Dale, Assistant Librarian for Library Collections and Services. “This new system will allow the library to keep pace with technological change and give it the flexibility to adapt to the range of digital content the library manages and provides to its users.”

Additional details: Library of Congress solicitation document (via SAM)

Source documents

Price details

    • Contract award date: Sep 16, 2022
    • Contract award number: LCLGD22D0055
    • Task/Delivery note number: LGD22T0023
  • Unique entity ID assigned to the contractor: JFYKDEKM4K73
  • Name of assigned contractor: EBSCO INDUSTRIES, INC.
  • Address assigned by the entrepreneur: Ipswich, MY 01938-2106 UNITED STATES
  • Base value and all options (total contract value): $25000000.00

General informations

  • Contract Opportunity Type: Award notice (original)
  • All dates/times are: (UTC-04:00) EASTERN STANDARD TIME, NEW YORK, USA
  • Original publication date: September 20, 2022 5:34 p.m. EDT
  • Inactive policy: 15 days after contract award date
  • Original inactivity date: October 01, 2022
  • Initiative:


  • Original layaway:
  • NAICS code:
    • 519120 – Libraries and archives
  • Place of performance:

    Washington , CC 20540


The description

The Library has awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a potential value of $25 million over the next seven (7) years. The IDIQ contract also includes an optional ordering period for up to an additional 13 years of task ordering issuance (20 years total). A task order for basic implementation services was competed for and awarded alongside IDIQ for $9,066,667.00.

Filed under: Archives and Special Collections, Associations and Organizations, Awards, Companies (Publishers/Vendors), Data Files, Digital Collections, EBSCO, Interactive Tools, Libraries, Management and Leadership, News, Patrons and Users, Preservation


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