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Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Executive Leadership

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Tom Cramer
Board Chair
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Sam Brooks
Board Member
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Deborah Jakubs
Board Member
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David Carlson
Board Member
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Chris Keene
Board Member
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Paula Sullenger
Board Member
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Yunhai Tong
Board Member
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Elizabeth German
Senior Program Officer
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Scott Anderson
Treasurer
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Christopher Spalding
Secretary
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Stephanie Buck
Assistant Secretary

Company Ownership

The Open Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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2019 IRS Form 990 for Open Library Foundation (Amended)
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Documents or articles featuring Open Library Foundation

Breeding, Marshall. FOLIO Crosses New Thresholds. November 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The initiative to develop FOLIO as an open source library services platform has been underway since 2016 and has continued to cross important milestones. The software has continued to advance in its functionality and completeness, leading to its first production migration, selections in formal procurement processes, with other libraries waiting in the wings for future implementation.

Breeding, Marshall. FOLIO: Advancing from Vision to Software. January 2018. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The open source FOLIO project to create a new library services platform continues to see progress in its development timeline. Since the project was launched in late 2015, the project has crossed a number of significant milestones in its technical development, community-building, outreach, and in support structures. Project documentation posits the end of 2018 for the availability of its initial version able to replace a library's existing ILS. This three-year development effort from project launch to a minimally viable product can be seen as ambitious but reasonably consistent with the timelines of other products.

. Open Library Foundation established foundation created to promote open source projects for libraries. September 9, 2016. . The Open Library Foundation has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects. The foundation provides the infrastructure for librarians, developers, designers, service providers, and vendors to collaborate with innovative open source technologies and develop transformative solutions for libraries.

Breeding, Marshall. EBSCO Supports New Open Source Project in Partnership with Kuali OLE. May 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. A new initiative hans launched to create an open source library services platform for academic libraries. EBSCO Information Services conceived the project and will provide substantial funding. A community of developers comprising commercial and library organizations will create the software. Kuali OLE, previously working to create its own open source library resource management system, will make a transition to participate in this new initiative rather than complete its own software. Many details of the new project, including the nature of Kuali OLE's involvement, are not yet finalized. The resources currently lining up behind this initiative provide the potential for the rapid development generally consistent with the plans for Kuali OLE. Participants characterize this new project as not as a setback, but as an acceleration of the availability of an open source library services platform for academic libraries.

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News Announcements

February 24, 2021. Elizabeth German joins The Open Library Foundation as Senior Program Officer. he Open Library Foundation has named Elizabeth German to the role of Senior Program Officer. German is an associate professor and the service design librarian at Texas A&M University and will work with the Foundation's Board to support Foundation operations and strategic initiatives.


February 10, 2018. FOLIO Platform Begins 2018 with a strong list of accomplishments and plans for rapid expansion over the next twelve months. FOLIO begins 2018 reaching a variety of notable development milestones. The open source project is dedicated to providing libraries of all sizes with choice when selecting a library services platform (LSP) or building library services beyond traditional functionality to expand their reach with their institution. Development milestones and the expansion of the FOLIO Community point to the project reaching a critical mass in 2018.


September 9, 2016. Open Library Foundation established foundation created to promote open source projects for libraries. The Open Library Foundation has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects. The foundation provides the infrastructure for librarians, developers, designers, service providers, and vendors to collaborate with innovative open source technologies and develop transformative solutions for libraries.


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