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LITA Forum 2010 presentation: VuFind project at the University of Illinois

LITA Forum 2010 presentation: VuFind project at the University of Illinois

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  • 1. VuFind at the University of Illinois LITA National Forum October 3, 2009
  • 2.
    • Presenters
    • Peggy Steele
    • University of Illinois
    • E.Paige Weston
    • CARLI (Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois)
    • Jenny Emanuel
    • University of Illinois
  • 3.
    • Topics
    • VuFind Overview
    • Vufind in the CARLI Environment
    • Why VuFind at University of Illinois?
    • VuFind @ Illinois: Usability
  • 4.
    • VuFind Overview
    • open source discovery tool that layers on top of an ILS & replaces the public catalog interface
    • developed at Villanova University by Andrew Nagy (software developer) and Chris Barr (interface designer)
  • 5.
    • focus is on “discovery” and narrowing down search results with facets
  • 6.
    • developed by and for Villanova -- a Voyager site -- but designed to be ILS independent
    • drivers exist for other ILSs too:
    • Aleph (Ex Libris); Millennium (III);
    • Sirsi/Dynix; Virtua (VTLS)
  • 7.
    • user interface is completely customizable
    • single searchbox can be integrated into local library website
  • 8.
    • intended to serve as a comprehensive interface for all local content:
    • OPAC
    • institutional repositories
    • local digitized collections
    • online journal information
  • 9.
    • in production or in beta at several large libraries and at least one large consortium:
      • CARLI http://vufind.carli.illinois.edu/vf-uiu/
      • London School of Economics https://beta.catalogue.lse.ac.uk/
      • Stanford University
      • http://searchworks.stanford.edu/
      • Yale University
      • http://yufind.library.yale.edu/yufind/
  • 10.
    • libraries with ILS+:
      • National Library of Australia http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/
      • Colorado State University http://discovery.library.colostate.edu/
      • University of Michigan http://www.lib.umich.edu/
      • Georgia Tech University http://finder.library.gatech.edu/
  • 11.
    • VuFind: Under the Hood
    • uses open source tools:
    • Java
    • PHP
    • Lucene ( http://lucene.apache.org/ )
    • Solr ( http://lucene.apache.org/solr/ )
    • Solr/MARC
  • 12.
    • cron jobs keep bib data current:
    • daily (or other frequency) export of bib data from ILS to VuFind
    • daily (or other frequency) removal of deleted and suppressed records from VuFind database
  • 13.
    • AJAX queries dynamically pull current holdings info and individual item status from the ILS database as needed
      • http://www.w3schools.com/Ajax/ajax_intro.asp
  • 14.
    • can link to an institution’s LDAP server for patron verification
  • 15.
    • VuFind Functionality
    • simple, single-box search interface;
    • advanced search option available;
    • default display is relevancy-ranked;
    • facets help to narrow results;
    • cover images from Syndetics;
  • 16.
    • place holds/requests in ILS;
    • social networking functions;
    • export to RefWorks, EndNote;
    • persistent, bookmarkable URLs;
    • search multiple, local databases
  • 17.
    • Ongoing VuFind Development
    • several libraries have implemented VuFind -- either as their primary catalog interface or as an optional alternative
    • it does require local programming resources
  • 18.
    • source code available free from Source Forge through the GNU General License Program
    • http://sourceforge.net/projects/vufind/
    • local programmers download the software, extend it, fix bugs, and ideally contribute their work back to the rest of the VuFind community
  • 19.
    • as more libraries adopt VuFind the community of developers grows and the product grows:
    • 2 libraries in Virginia improved MARC loading process to increase speed of loads
    • National Library of Australia contributed RefWorks & EndNote export
  • 20.
    • CARLI enabled VuFind to work in a complex consortium environment
    • University of Michigan contributed spellchecker and refined RefWorks export
  • 21.
    • still needed: roadmap for coordinated future development and continuing growth of the VuFind developer community
    • not clear at present what role Villanova University intends to play in leading the community
  • 22.
    • Two Articles
    • Implementing VuFind as an alternative to Voyager's WebVoyage interface: One library's experience
    • Ho, Birong; Kelley, Keith; Garrison, Scott
    • Library High Tech, v. 27, no.1, pp.82-92
    • The VuFind Implementation at Villanova
    • Houser, John
    • Library High Tech, v. 27, no. 1, pp.93-105