Open Library Foundation Board Expands

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Foundation created to promote open source projects for libraries bringing on new board members

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The Open Library Foundation was established as a not-for-profit organization to promote collaboration among libraries, vendors, service providers, service designers, and developers to address issues of library management.

The Open Library Foundation is expanding its board with the introduction of four new board members. The new members bring global representation and perspective to the Foundation Board. The Foundation Board of Directors are:

  • David Carlson: Dean of Libraries and Provost, Texas A&M University (President)
  • Deborah Jakubs: University Librarian & Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke University
  • Kristin Antelman: University Librarian, California Institute of Technology
  • Qiang Zhu: Library Director at Peking University and Deputy Director of CALIS (China)
  • Ross MacIntyre: Head of Library Analytics Services at Jisc (U.K.)
  • Sam Brooks: Executive Vice President, EBSCO Information Services

Members of the Board of Directors are expected to contribute to Foundation projects providing their perspectives and guidance for community efforts.

The Open Library Foundation was established as a not-for-profit organization to promote collaboration among libraries, vendors, service providers, service designers, and developers to address issues of library management. The Foundation supports collective action by the library community in sponsored open source software development projects with collaborative infrastructure for projects to promote distributed engagement, contribution, and sustainability.

The Foundation was inspired by the creation of the FOLIO project. The goal of FOLIO is to create an open source Library Services Platform that can power innovative approaches to current practice, and encourage new and expanded library services that fully support scholarly inquiry and knowledge production. The Foundation’s inaugural projects also include two existing open source communities, the Open Library Environment (OLE) and the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb).

More information is available at http://www.openlibraryfoundation.org.

About the Open Library Foundation

The Open Library Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established as a neutral entity through which the library community at large can contribute to and benefit from the output of open source projects. The Open Library Foundation will make sure the code created from open source projects remains available and to act as a “safe haven” for the projects’ output —separated from the needs and goals of any contributor, user or affiliated party. The Open Library Foundation will ensure that the code is freely available under an Apache v2 license. Find out more at http://www.openlibraryfoundation.org.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
kathleen.mcevoy(at)openlibraryfoundation(dot)org
978-223-0438

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