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Open Library Environment (OLE) launched

A new $475,700 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support an initiative to design a next-generation automation environment for libraries, not built on the legacy of current software products, but thought anew given the realities we currently face. The types of content managed by libraries and the workflows involved to support library operations have changed radically since the mold that underlies current automation systems was cast decades ago.

OLE Press Release

The OLE project goes forward under the leadership of Duke University with Lynne O’Brien, the Director of Academic Technology and Instructional Services, as the principal investigator. Other Core Partners participating in the project include University of Kansas, Lehigh University, University of Pennsylvania, and National Library of Australia, Library and Archives Canada. I am working with OLE as part of this leadership group. The project also includes a group that participates at an advisory level, including the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the University of Chicago, the University of Florida, Columbia University, Whittier College, and the University of Maryland.

The project involves a careful analysis of business process workflows leading to the development of a set of requirements for an automation environment, based on the service oriented architecture, for modern libraries. Participants come from a variety of library types, including those from large public and private universities, smaller private colleges, consortia, as well as national libraries. In addition to the institutions involved directly, the project will actively seek input and participation from the broader library community through regional meetings, virtual Web casts, and open discussion groups. The group will solicit discussion, reactions, and comments to the documents and concepts that emerge through its efforts.

Though the current project focuses on the development of a conceptual framework and functional requirements, it works towards the opportunity for a follow-on effort to build a system with involvement and support from a community of interested organizations and individuals.

The OLE project provides additional information about its activities at oleproject.org.

Aug 16, 2008 17:10:27
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