Andrew W. Mellon grant awarded to CARLI for MST development

The eXtensible Catalog Organization (XCO) is very pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) at the University of Illinois, to support development of the Metadata Services Toolkit (MST) component of eXtensible Catalog software. The grant funding, along with cash and in-kind programming contribution from CARLI, will focus on development of the MST for use by CARLI and other large library consortia.

The eXtensible Catalog (XC) is open source, user-centered, next generation software for libraries that provides a discovery interface and a set of tools for libraries to manage metadata and build applications. The groundbreaking MST software empowers libraries to manage their legacy metadata from integrated library systems and other digital repositories and prepare it for use in a variety of web applications.

I-Share, CARLI's integrated library system, provides a union catalog representing over 11 million titles and 35 million items that are available to over 380,000 students, faculty and staff at 76 participating institutions, including almost 80,000 across the three University of Illinois campuses.
"We are pleased to receive this generous funding from the Mellon Foundation," said Susan Singleton, CARLI's Executive Director. "The power and flexibility of this open source library software offers tremendous potential to CARLI and our member libraries. With XC, CARLI staff is able to help to build tools that deal directly with the challenges inherent in the number and size of the I-Share library databases we run."
For more information about the eXtensible Catalog, including access to the software code repositories and documentation for each of the XC toolkits, visit http://www.extensiblecatalog.org .