EBSCO Information Services, consistent with its ongoing strategy of partnerships with developers of library management systems, has become a Kuali Commercial Affiliate with the intent to provide services in support of the Kuali OLE community source library management system.
To become a commercial affiliate, a company must join the Kuali Foundation, which involves payment of annual dues. Though all the software associated with the Kuali Foundation is made available as open source, its governance encourages commercial participation, but provides structure and guidance on how companies can be involved with its projects. Kuali OLE, which expects its initial release to be completed by the end of 2013, addresses only internal library management functionality and will not include a patron interface. Rather, organizations implementing Kuali OLE will rely on any of the many commercial or open source discovery products available. EBSCO will provide services in support of the integration required to enable EBSCO Discovery Service to function as one of the patron interface options for Kuali OLE. Further, for libraries that plan to use the open source VuFind or Blacklight discovery interfaces with Kuali OLE, integration is already in place to extend discovery through the EDS index.
No libraries have been named as taking advantage of this service, but it does add to the discovery options for current or future adopters of Kuali OLE.