Friday, February 15, 2019

Community Sourced Kuali OLE - next generation library management systems.

With the continuous increasing percentage of digital content in libraries, shrinking budget of libraries and to cope with the pace of modern technologies and trends in every field including libraries. It has now become necessary to think about the options available for the next-generation library management software. Along with Koha and Evergreen, OLE-Kuali is one of the few open-source library management systems on the market.  

Open Library Environment (OLE)

It is a global library community which works in partnership to share the resources and insights and bring the innovative open source solutions for libraries to meet the needs of their users.

It provides the forum to library advocates, developers, strategists to discuss the common issues, explore new ideas, create opportunities, take actions through a common pool of resources build up by the community.

Actually the OLE project began in 2008, funded by Andrew Mellon Foundation, in partnership of nine university libraries, to test the sustainability of the the open source library management system, which later on build an open source LMS under the Kuali Foundation in 2010 and released in 2014 with the name Kuali OLE and implemented in three partner organizations.

Kuali Foundation

a Kuali foundation is an organization that emerged with the aim of developing open source software for higher education institutions which helps them to manage with lower cost and keeping the control and customization in their hands, and the software that can also run on cloud thus reducing the cost of overall management of IT infrastructure.

 Features of Kuali
  • It is open source software available to libraries on a cloud as Saas (Software-as-a-service).
  • It is cost-effective, long-term valued cloud-based software which helps to reduce the total cost of operation and management of libraries grappling with a shrinking budget.
  • The flexibility of choosing for the modules which are required in the present while adding others in the future.
  • Kuali provides a unified workflow for both print and digital collection.
  • Interoperability with systems such as financial management systems, course management systems.
  • Specially developed for academic and research libraries.
  • A knowledge base is an important component of Kuali. GOKb (Global Open Knowledge Database) was initially designed and implemented by the Kuali OLE.
  • As the Kuali is open source, the library staff have more opportunities to customize it to fit the actual needs of the library.
  • Service-oriented Architecture of Kuali OLE allows the creation of small units of functionalities which combines into a higher- level workflows.

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