December 1, 2015

Kuali Open Library Enviroment Project Receives $750,000 Grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

From Today’s Announcement (via Indiana University):

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 amount of digital resources and collections.


The OLE (pronounced Oh-LAY) project was founded by a partnership of research libraries, led by Indiana University, which includes Duke University, University of Chicago, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University and Villanova University. The partners have pooled resources and expertise along with generous investments from the Mellon Foundation to develop this next-generation 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.

Read the Complete Announcement

Visit the OLE Web Site

See Also: Villanova University Partners with Kuali Foundation to Develop Library Management System (August 22, 2012)

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