With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the *Open Library Environment (OLE) Project* is convening the academic and research library community in the design of an Open Library Management System built on Service Oriented Architecture. The project is dedicated to thinking beyond the current model of an Integrated Library System and to designing a new system that is flexible, customizable and able to meet the changing and complex needs of modern, dynamic academic and research libraries. The end product will be a design document to inform open source library system development efforts, to guide future library system implementations, and to influence current Integrated Library System vendor products.
OLE Project participants will host a webcast to share information about the project and invite comments and questions. The webcast will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 3pm-5pm EST. This webcast is free of charge and open to anyone. For information on how to join that
A first draft of a project scope document on the OLE Project website is available for review and will be discussed during the webcast. We welcome your input on this document. Feel free to post comments or questions on the website page: http://oleproject.org/overview/project-scope/