The Kuali Foundation and EBSCO Information Services—Partners in Discovery

~ EBSCO Expertise Allows Libraries Using Kuali OLE to Incorporate Discovery into the ILS Implementation ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 25, 2013 —The Kuali Foundation is pleased to welcome EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) as one of its newest Kuali Commercial Affiliates (KCA) within the Kuali community. EBSCO will provide expertise in seamlessly integrating discovery services with the Kuali OLE (Open Library Environment) for enhanced access to both print and digital library collections.

As a global leader, EBSCO provides online research databases and discovery services—more than 375 learning and reference products—to corporations, universities, libraries and other institutions around the world. 

“EBSCO is a welcome addition to our Commercial Affiliates in the Kuali community,” said Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost at Duke University, co-chair of the Kuali OLE Board. “They bring solid expertise in discovery solutions for research libraries and have been excellent partners with OLE to promote interoperability between library enterprise systems and structured data and discovery services.  We look forward to working with EBSCO to advance discovery layer implementations for the Kuali OLE community.”

EBSCO is partnering with Kuali OLE to look at flexible integration options for discovery service layers for the Kuali OLE community. EBSCO Chief Information Officer Michael Gorrell says, as with all partnerships, EBSCO’s goal with Kuali is to allow libraries to craft unique discovery experiences.

“The open standards that are the basis for OLE are an intriguing alternative for libraries and the institutions that are implementing OLE represent top universities poised to take academic libraries in new directions.  As a discovery service provider, we want to support expanded services to customers and help libraries better define the discovery experience bringing together content and management in a way that serves the needs of librarians and end users alike.”

Kuali is hosting a session at ALA-Annual in Chicago to discuss the EBSCO/Kuali OLE KCA partnership and the overall collaboration objectives. The session will also present specific use cases for OLE discovery layer implementations at University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University as well as offering a demo of the latest release for Kuali OLE. The session, Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) 2013: Functionality, Integration and Discovery, is on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at: 2:00-3:00 pm —at the Convention Center—E352, Lakeside Center, Level 3.

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books.  EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 420,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

About Kuali OLE(Open Library Environment)

Kuali OLE is the enterprise-scale, cloud capable, community source library management system being developed by staff from the Bloomsbury Library Management System consortia, Duke University, Florida OLE Partners (Led by University of Florida and including Florida International University, Florida State University, the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC), New College of Florida, Rollins College, University of Central Florida, University of Miami, and the University of South Florida), Indiana University, Lehigh University, North Carolina State University, University of Chicago, University of Maryland, the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University.  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 0.8 was released in June 2013.

About Kuali Foundation

The Kuali Foundation is a growing community of universities, colleges, businesses, and other organizations partnering to build and sustain open-source software for higher education, by higher education. Kuali software is designed for all sizes of institutions, from land-grant research universities to community colleges. The members of the Kuali Community share a common vision - open, modular, and distributed systems. Kuali software is released under the Educational Community License and is available to anyone for any use or modification WITHOUT a fee.


For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
EBSCO Information Services
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594


Jennifer L. Foutty
Executive Director
Kuali Foundation
2709 E. 10th Street, Cyberinfrastructure Bldg
Bloomington, IN 47408

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