Anaheim, CA. During today's annual meeting of the American Library Association, Villanova University announced that it has joined the Kuali Foundation (http://kuali.org) as an investing partner in the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) (http://ole.kuali.org).
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. He summarized his commitment to the Kuali OLE Project by stating " We at Villanova are excited to join the Kuali OLE initiative. It represents a major step in deepening library collaboration through the creation of tools and infrastructure designed from the ground up to deal with the challenges and mandates of the digital environment. OLE promises to deliver to academic libraries a model for technology development that is community-driven, focused on their unique social and intellectual mission, and targeted toward the creation of a broad new framework for shaping the means through which that important work is accomplished. We look forward to sharing in the project's success in the years ahead."
Based on a completely new technical architecture that is driving the cutting edge of library management systems, Kuali OLE is developing a community source library management system utilizing existing enterprise middleware (Kuali Rice). Funded for an initial two-year build phase by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as by the Kuali OLE Founding Partners, Kuali OLE has successfully released two versions of their software. The current build phase Kuali OLE 0.6 is available for testing in the cloud at the Kuali Foundation's test-drive site (http://kuali.org/test-drives).
"Villanova University is an excellent addition to the Kuali OLE Community" notes Robert H. McDonald, Associate Dean for Library Technologies at Indiana University and Executive Director of Kuali OLE. "They are well aligned with the Kuali vision of software of, for, and by higher education with support from a competitive commercial market. Villanova University Libraries has a long history of involvement with developing open source software as seen by their leadership in developing the VuFind Open-Source Discovery Layer. Their involvement with Kuali OLE will further the goals of Kuali OLE and help drive development of our software to meet the needs of like-minded research libraries."
About Kuali OLE
Kuali OLE is the enterprise-scale, cloud capable, community source library management system being developed by staff from Indiana University, Duke University, Lehigh University, North Carolina State University, Rollins College, University of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Miami, and the University of Pennsylvania. The initiative is generously funded by a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Built on open standards and featuring a robust enterprise workflow engine that enables effective library business process management, Kuali OLE is designed to meet the needs of any research library regardless of size or complexity. OLE Version 0.3 was released in October 2011, and Version 0.6 was released in May 2012.
H. Carton Rogers, OLE Board Member and Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania added, "The Kuali development approach, in which functionality and priorities are determined by the library functional leaders rather than technical experts, is one of the primary reasons that the University of Pennsylvania originally joined Kuali OLE and having more experts from the Villanova University Libraries join our development team will continue to improve our final product."
Kuali OLE is featured on several programs during the ALA Annual Conference 2012 showcasing the 0.6 release in the Kuali OLE Cloud test-drive environment.
About Villanova University
Villanova University is a co-educational Roman Catholic institution founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information see http://www.villanova.edu.
Falvey Memorial Library serves as the premier source of academic information for the Villanova University community through its collections, educational and consulting services, innovative technology, programming and physical facilities. The Library seeks to provide an inviting environment conducive to study, learning, and research. Falvey provides relevant print, electronic, and audiovisual collections to support the learning and research activities of students and faculty, complemented by specialized collections reflecting the University's Augustinian heritage. The Library has a long history of involvement with open source software in libraries through its involvement with the VuFind (http://vufind.org/) and VuDL (http://vudl.org/) projects.
About The Kuali Foundation
The Kuali Foundation (http://www.kuali.org) is a non-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of colleges and universities to develop and sustain administrative software to meet the needs of all sizes of higher education institutions, from small colleges to large research universities. The Kuali Foundation began in 2004 as a cooperative effort among partners and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open-source financial system. Success with the Kuali Financial System led to additional pooled investment projects, including Kuali Coeus for Research Administration, Kuali Student, Kuali Rice, Kuali Open Library Environment, Kuali People Management for the Enterprise, Kuali Mobility Enterprise and Kuali Ready, with coordination by the independent, not-for-profit Kuali Foundation, Inc. The software developed by Kuali projects is available, without fee, for anyone to use or modify under the Educational Community License.