YBP Library Services and University of Chicago Work Together to Improve Kuali OLE Acquisition Workflow

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OLE GobiAPI Was Developed to Improve the Efficiency of the Ordering Process for Kuali OLE and GOBI Users

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We at Chicago are pleased to have a flexible platform like OLE that allowed for a very easy integration. We very much look forward to GobiAPI’s streamlining one of our major acquisitions flows.”

Libraries using Kuali OLE and GOBI (Global Online Bibliographic Information) from YBP Library Services will be able to use a new functionality that will streamline the acquisitions process. The OLE GobiAPI will allow the real-time transfer of bibliographic and order details for all print and electronic orders placed via the GOBI platform.

Developed by the University of Chicago on behalf of the OLE project, The OLE GobiAPI provides comprehensive OLE order data mapped from any field in the GOBI order screen. This saves librarians from having to manually transfer the order information from GOBI to Kuali OLE and from loading daily MARC files, giving them immediate access to order information in OLE. This process also allows GOBI to harvest a library’s OLE order number for display in GOBI and subsequent invoice matching.

YBP Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations Mark Kendall says that YBP, an EBSCO company, continuously works to develop ways to make systems more efficient for libraries and ultimately, improve the experience of library users. “We are committed to working with our partners to improve technologies that will enhance acquisition and technical workflow efficiencies. The OLE GobiAPI will not only provide substantial value to YBP’s OLE customers, but will also allow librarians to spend less time updating and maintaining internal systems, and more time helping library users.”

Kendall adds that YBP’s involvement in the development of the OLE GobiAPI is in line with EBSCO’s support of open resource integration through technology development. “EBSCO made a decision to fully open APIs for YBP’s GOBI services earlier this year to allow libraries the flexibility to choose the systems that work best for them without giving up functionality that is important to them.”

“One of Kuali OLE’s core values is to develop a next generation ILS environment that leverages integration with external vendor systems,” says James Mouw, Associate University Librarian for Collection Services. “We at Chicago are pleased to have a flexible platform like OLE that allowed for a very easy integration. We very much look forward to GobiAPI’s streamlining one of our major acquisitions flows.” The Library will offer its API development for incorporation into the base product pending approval by the project’s Functional Council. The programming funded by Chicago and developed by HTC Global Services will allow other OLE partners seamless integration with YBP’s GOBI and will be easily adaptable for use with other vendors who support the API standard.

This improved process will be available in the coming weeks. University of Chicago Systems Analyst Stuart Miller, and YBP Library Services Vice President, Academic Service Integration Ann-Marie Breaux, will discuss the analysis and development process for OLE GobiAPI during Kuali Days on Thursday, Nov. 12, starting at 3:45 p.m. at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas.

About Kuali OLE and the University of Chicago Library
Funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) is the first open source system designed by and for academic and research libraries for managing and delivering intellectual information. OLE went into production at the University of Chicago Library in July 2014. The Library is a founding member of the OLE project and continues in its role as an active development partner. University of Chicago Library Director and University Librarian Brenda Johnson is Chair of the OLE Board.

About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries throughout the world. GOBI, YBP's acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 13 million titles. YBP has 300 employees with customers in 63 countries and is headquartered in Contoocook, N.H., USA. For more on the company, visit http://www.ybp.com.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 750,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: http://www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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