Kuali Open Library Enviroment Project Receives $750,000 Grant 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. 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.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.