» Assumptions

General assumptions that frame the design of OLE

1. OLE will provide services that will help academic & research institutions accomplish their core mission by improving the library’s ability to deliver its content and services throughout the institution’s activities.

2. OLE provides a transformative opportunity to the institution through its support of a more collaborative approach to research, teaching and learning.

3. OLE will enable libraries to be more of a component with the enterprise infrastructure raising the relevance of libraries to the organization’s mission

4. Libraries are core to the research institution.

5. Adopting a model of community-source software development and a technology infrastructure based on service orientation is, in itself, a strategic innovation for libraries and universities.

  • Innovation within the library technology marketplace is exhausted and does not engage the enterprise level of research institutions. Therefore it is incumbent upon libraries to revitalize the technological underpinnings of information management services to users.
  • OLE will be developed as a service-oriented framework that can be incorporated within the fabric of a larger academic enterprise, however OLE can stand alone as a single or consortial library automation solution.
  • A community-source development model will provide a more responsive and forward-thinking solution than the current proprietary system model.

6. Business workflows at peer libraries are more similar than they are different.

  • Shared workflows are essential for collaborative efforts and cost-effective for both design and implementation.
  • Service orientation offers flexibility, adaptability, and collaborative efficiency.
  • OLE services can be composed, configured, and orchestrated to meet a variety of business workflows, including those of partnerships and consortia.
  • Service orientation facilitates the incorporation of changes into future versions of the core or as supplemental services to enhance the development of the OLE framework.

7. Libraries need to be able to leverage a dynamic information environment to support the research and educational mission of their institutions.

  • In a rapidly changing information environment, we need to spend our time and energy on strategic initiatives.
  • Changes in the broader realm of publishing, information technologies, and mass digitization are key elements at the confluence in the next generation of research.
  • Library systems need to help researchers find, access, and use all types of information, in all formats, including original materials and special archives.
  • Libraries must respond to the dynamic information environment by re-engineering its organization and the workflows carried out by its personnel.

8. Digital formats will dominate our business processes.

  • The architectures of the integrated library system are fundamentally print-centric.
  • Future library automation needs to manage collections, format, and content agnostically.
  • The OLE framework provides tools for a holistic information management system.

9. Collaborative and consortial activity is increasingly as important to libraries as work at local institutions.

  • OLE must support cross-institutional processes and interact with collaborative support services from other institutions.
  • OLE will provide collaborative planning and decision-making tools.

10. Library business processes will increasingly involve interactions with external service providers and consumers.

  • Data feeds will come from many sources, some of which will be provided dynamically at point of need.
  • Services will support many participant roles.
  • Services and workflows must operate on local, peer, regional, national, or international network levels.
  • Despite distributed processes, the OLE framework will enforce levels of user privacy and information security.
  • The user will have control over any private data that will be exposed.
  • Library staff and patrons may use tools not part of OLE that will involve services provided by OLE
  • OLE must respond to service requests from a variety of external systems and tools


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  1. [...] Published a set of assumptions underlying the design of OLE. [...]

    Posted by The OLE Project | OLE Project Meeting Notes from Kansas, March 15-20, 2009 | March 25, 2009, 10:01 pm

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