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February 5, 2016

Duke University. Mellon grant continues support of open-source library system. Duke University has received a $1.165 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the continued development of an open-source integrated library system. Known as Kuali OLE, for Open Library Environment, it is the first system designed by and for academic and research libraries to manage and deliver scholarly information. Three OLE Partners—Lehigh University, the University of Chicago, and SOAS at the University of London—have already implemented Kuali OLE in their library operations. The grant will support the further development, refinement, and adoption of the system by a broader group of public and private institutions. [Full Announcement].

January 6, 2016

Cornell University. Cornell University Library to implement Kuali Open Library Environment. Cornell University Library has chosen the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) as its next Integrated Library System to manage acquisition, cataloging, circulation, inventory and other services related to electronic and physical library materials. [Full Announcement].

November 9, 2015

EBSCO Information Services YBP Library Services and University of Chicago work together to improve Kuali OLE acquisition workflow. Libraries using Kuali OLE and GOBI from YBP Library Services will be able to use a new functionality that will streamline the acquisitions process. The OLE GobiAPI will allow the real-time transfer of bibliographic and order details for all print and electronic orders placed via the GOBI platform. [Full Announcement].

June 5, 2015

Kuali Foundation. Kuali OLE announces new Project Manager - Heather Beery. The Kuali Open Library Environment project is pleased to announce the hiring of Heather Beery as the new OLE Project Manager. Heather replaces Patty Mescher, who is retiring after 8 years with Kuali and 2 years as OLE’s Project Manager. [Full Announcement].

April 22, 2015

Kuali Foundation. SOAS Library Implements Kuali Open Library Environment. SOAS Library has adopted the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) as its new library management system. As the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS Library has chosen Kuali OLE to manage its information and resources, including its renowned special collections. SOAS Library is the third library in the world to adopt the new system following Lehigh University and the University of Chicago. [Full Announcement].

August 19, 2014

Kuali Foundation. Lehigh University Launches New Open-Source Library Environment. Lehigh University has launched the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE), the first university in the nation to implement the open-source, community-based library management system. [Full Announcement].

August 14, 2014

Kuali Foundation. Kuali OLE Announces Partnership with HTC Global Services, Inc.. The Kuali Foundation is proud to announce that HTC Global Services, Inc has joined the Kuali OLE partnership as a Tier 1 investment partner. [Full Announcement].

March 5, 2014

Indiana University. Kuali OLE System Partners receive $882,000 grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Indiana University, on behalf of Kuali OLE System Partners, has received an $882,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Kuali Open Library Environment, an open-source, community-based library software system created by a partnership of some of the nation’s leading university libraries. [Full Announcement].

November 19, 2013

Kuali Foundation. The Kuali OLE Team is proud to announce the Release of OLE 1.0. The Kuali Open Library Environment team has released Kuali OLE 1.0, the first community-source integrated library system designed by and for research libraries. In addition to the functionality described below, Kuali OLE 1.0 allows early adopters to map data from legacy library systems to begin implementation, as well as allows libraries to review the system and its installation requirements. Future releases will provide the additional functionality necessary for libraries to move into full production. [Full Announcement].

June 12, 2013

Kuali Foundation. Announcing Kuali OLE 0.8. Kuali OLE 0.8 is now available—meeting our target date of 3rd quarter 2013! This latest release is the first available for the partner libraries to download the software and test-load their own data locally. [Full Announcement].

January 28, 2013

Kuali Foundation. UChicago Library and peers developing open source Kuali OLE software for research libraries. The Kuali Open Library Environment received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open, community-based library software system. OLE was launched in 2009 in part from a $2.3 million grant from the Mellon Foundation and is designed to help libraries manage and deliver an ever-increasing number of digital resources and collections. [Full Announcement].

January 23, 2013

Kuali Foundation. Kuali library project awarded $750,000 from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Kuali Open Library Environment received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open, community-based library software system. This latest award will help complete the system's third year of development, delivering enhanced functionality and flexible support to its primary users. Upcoming releases will provide the functionality required for multisite implementations, such as print and electronic item delivery, self-check automation and high-density storage facilities. The University of Chicago and Lehigh University will be the first schools to implement this new platform later this year. [Full Announcement].

July 9, 2012

Kuali Foundation. Kuali OLE welcomes new Project Manager. Kuali Open Library Environment project announced Patty Mescher as the new OLE Project Manager. [Full Announcement].

June 21, 2012

Kuali Foundation. Villanova announced as newest partner on OLE Project. Villanova University announced that it has joined the Kuali Foundation as an investing partner in the Kuali Open Library Environment. Joe Lucia, University Librarian and Directory of Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University spearheaded this effort to join both the Kuali Foundation and Kuali OLE. [Full Announcement].

May 23, 2012

Kuali Foundation. Kuali OLE announces Milestone Release 0.6. The partnership of libraries working to create open-source software for managing information resources today announces the release of Kuali OLE 0.6, a version loaded with increased functionality including schema to describe and transmit licensing information for electronic resources. [Full Announcement].

January 12, 2012

Kuali Foundation. Kuali OLE Welcomes Additions to Core Team. Three key additions to the Kuali OLE core team joined in December 2010. They report to Brad Skiles, OLE Project Manager. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2011

Kuali Foundation. Access to research library resources expands with OLE release from Kuali collaboration. Kuali Foundation has announced the release of Kuali OLE 0.3, a milestone in open-source software development that addresses the functional needs of higher education research libraries for managing information resources. Kuali Open Library Environment is a robust, enterprise-wide, easy-to-use system for selecting, acquiring and describing library information resources that link with enterprise business processes and value-added external resources. [Full Announcement].

January 24, 2011

Kuali Foundation. HTC Chosen as Kuali Library Development Partner. Kuali Foundation announces the selection of HTC Global Services as the development partner for the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) project. The Kuali OLE (pronounced oh-LAY) project is a partnership of nine top research libraries and consortia to develop a community-source library management system. The system will be freely distributed under the Educational Community license and supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Its design is based on a thoroughly re-examined model of library operations, and its technical design uses a service-oriented architecture (SOA) to better enable connectivity with many other academic and administrative systems. [Full Announcement].

September 30, 2010

Kuali Foundation. Kuali OLE appoints Technical Council. Led by OLE Project Manager, Brad Skiles, the Technical Council is responsible for the technical architecture and implementation of the detailed functional specifications that are created by the Functional Council and the subject matter experts. [Full Announcement].

June 25, 2010

Kuali Foundation. OLE welcomes Project Manager Brad Skiles. Kuali OLE welcomes our newest team member, Brad Skiles. Brad will serve as the OLE Project Manager and he comes on board board July 1, 2010. Brad comes to us from Purdue University and has worked in IT for over 20 years. He has worked with a variety of administrative applications with experience as a director, project manager, and DBA. He has an extensive background in management, data architecture, business intelligence, and data quality and has been active in professional groups such as the International Oracle Users Group Association, the Data Administration Managers Association, and EDUCAUSE. Brad and his family will be relocating to Bloomington, IN over the summer and we are happy to have them in the Kuali family. [Full Announcement].

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