VALE VALID: Mission, Objectives and Principles

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The mission of the VALID Project is to advance the teaching, learning and research activities of New Jersey’s higher education community by implementing a shared open-source library management system which expands access to scholarly materials, both print and digital, and which promotes resource sharing among participants. The VALID project is committed to providing end-users with transformative access to information resources through the development of creative and innovative systems that are flexible, cost-effective and sustainable while meeting industry standards.

Guiding Principles

In its efforts to achieve this goal, the VALID project commits to the following process objectives:

  1. Shared Governance:  A Steering Committee comprised of representatives from participating VALE members that reports to the VALE Executive Committee ensures broad input, effective decision-making and strong accountability.
  2. Voluntary Participation: Every VALE institution will have opportunities to explore VALID and decide for itself whether it wishes to join. No VALE member will be obligated to participate.
  3. Effective communication:  Abundant communication between and among VALID users, developers and administrators will ensure openness, transparency and accountability in all planning and decision-making activities.
  4. A sustainable business model: The VALID Project will be supported by a business plan that minimizes costs and maximizes member participation.

Further, the VALID project commits to the following development principles:

  1. Participation Fees:  The initial cost of membership shall be equal to or less than any VALE member institution’s commitment to its current ILS in the year that it joins VALID. The annual cost of membership (as determined by the Steering Committee) will reflect the actual cost of running the system, including both operational and development costs.
  2. Flexibility: The VALID project will be designed to maximize flexibility in functionality. It will have the advanced features and capabilities required by research institutions. At the same time, it will scale equally well to smaller institutions, requiring only simple implementation and support.
  3. Minimal Data Risk:  Institutions will be able to test the VALID system with their own data before committing to join, thus ensuring confidence in the outcome of their migration planning.
  4. Identity management:  The VALID project will include identity management controls, thus providing institutions with the ability to individualize access to resources based upon the identities and roles of their users.
  5. Customizable Discovery Tool:  A discovery tool (catalog search interface) will be selected from the available open-source, non-proprietary options. Individual VALID participants will be able to customize the interface with their own institutional identities.
  6. Data cleanup and policy standardization:  Although there may be some economies of scale and collaboration, each participating member will be responsible for ensuring that its records and files meet all required data and policy standards.
  7. Test Environment:  A VALID test environment will be created for demonstration and promotion purposes as well as for training and certification activities prior to implementation.


Accepted 05/09/2011
Updated 08/20/2012

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