VuFind at the University of Illinois LITA National Forum October 3, 2009
<ul><li>Presenters </li></ul><ul><li>Peggy Steele </li></ul><ul><li>University of Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>E.Paige Westo...
<ul><li>Topics </li></ul><ul><li>VuFind Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Vufind in the CARLI Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Why V...
<ul><li>VuFind Overview </li></ul><ul><li>open source discovery tool that layers on top of an ILS & replaces the public ca...
<ul><li>focus is on “discovery” and narrowing down search results with facets </li></ul>
<ul><li>developed by and for Villanova -- a Voyager site -- but designed to be ILS independent </li></ul><ul><li>drivers e...
<ul><li>user interface is completely customizable </li></ul><ul><li>single searchbox can be integrated into local library ...
<ul><li>intended to serve as a comprehensive interface for all local content:  </li></ul><ul><li>OPAC </li></ul><ul><li>in...
<ul><li>in production or in beta at several large libraries and at least one large consortium: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CARLI...
<ul><li>libraries with ILS+: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Library of Australia  http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/ </li></ul><...
<ul><li>VuFind: Under the Hood </li></ul><ul><li>uses open source tools: </li></ul><ul><li>Java </li></ul><ul><li>PHP </li...
<ul><li>cron jobs keep bib data current: </li></ul><ul><li>daily (or other frequency) export of bib data from ILS to VuFin...
<ul><li>AJAX queries dynamically pull current holdings info and individual item status from the ILS database as needed </l...
<ul><li>can link to an institution’s LDAP server for patron verification  </li></ul>
<ul><li>VuFind Functionality </li></ul><ul><li>simple, single-box search interface; </li></ul><ul><li>advanced search opti...
<ul><li>place holds/requests in ILS; </li></ul><ul><li>social networking functions; </li></ul><ul><li>export to RefWorks, ...
<ul><li>Ongoing VuFind Development </li></ul><ul><li>several libraries have implemented VuFind -- either as their primary ...
<ul><li>source code available free from Source Forge through the GNU General License Program  </li></ul><ul><li>http://sou...
<ul><li>as more libraries adopt VuFind the community of developers grows and the product grows: </li></ul><ul><li>2 librar...
<ul><li>CARLI enabled VuFind to work in a complex consortium environment </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan contribu...
<ul><li>still needed: roadmap for coordinated future development and continuing growth of the VuFind developer community <...
<ul><li>Two Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing VuFind as an alternative to Voyager's WebVoyage interface: One library...
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VuFind @ Illinois #1 VuFind at the University of Illinois

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

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