Software for academic libraries will be developed collaboratively. Developers and librarians are working together to create a radically new, open source library services platform (LSP) aimed at transforming the technology academic libraries rely on. Backed by a multimillion-dollar contribution from EBSCO Information Services, the participants plan to fast-track production of the software, with early versions available by early 2018.
The initiative builds on the enthusiasm of academic and research libraries for open source software, such as that developed by Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE), which is pivoting from developing its own system to supporting the new project. The Kuali OLE community has been slowly expanding, with project participants optimistic about generating widespread adoption of this promising new initiative. The software will be released with an open source license friendly to commercial use and available to existing or new library systems providers for jump-starting the modernization of their products.