One Discovery Layer, Eight Front Doors: Implementing Blacklight @ IU

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IOLUG Spring Meeting | May 3, 2013
Indianapolis IN
Courtney Greene, Indiana University Libraries

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One Discovery Layer, Eight Front Doors: Implementing Blacklight @ IU

  1. 1. Courtney GreeneIU Bloomington LibrariesIOLUG Spring Program | May 3, 2013One Discovery Layer, Eight Front DoorsImplementing Blacklight @ IU
  2. 2. A few words about Indiana UniversityEight campusesIUCAT – shared statewide online catalogSirsiDynix Symphony ILSSystem-wide request deliveryDiversity of collections (monographs, e-resources, loads of different media)Statewide participation leads to a complexdata environment:- Who shares records? What records?How?- Cataloging services provided to ―extra-systems‖ libraries- Vendor records- Every format, language, call numberscheme you can think of (well, maybe notevery one)
  3. 3. A few words about Indiana UniversityEight campusesIUCAT – shared statewide online catalogSirsiDynix Symphony ILSSystem-wide request deliveryDiversity of collections (monographs, e-resources, loads of different media)Statewide participation leads to a complexdata environment:- Who shares records? What records?How?- Cataloging services provided to ―extra-systems‖ libraries- Vendor records- Every format, language, call numberscheme you can think of (well, maybe notevery one)IPFW
  4. 4. Shared public interfaceOne-size-fits-all public interface has its costsHow to best serve all campuses and enable flexibility?
  5. 5. Discovery Layer Selection• Review took place in early 2011, candidateapplications were Blacklight & VuFind• Either system judged able to fulfill baselinerequirements• Report & recommendations available at:http://hdl.handle.net/2022/13621
  6. 6. Highlights on selection• Reasons for choosing Blacklight• Exceptional flexibility• Development communityOther general requirements included• Integrate non‐MARC metadata from local collections• Integrate with technologies enabling single sign on for login to IUCAT services (My Account,tagging, lists, etc) & off‐campus access to online resources.• Permalinks for records & searches• Generate properly formatted citations for major styles (Chicago, APA, MLA).• Single search box on screen (with access to advanced search) that performs a keyword searchusing an index defined by librarians.
  7. 7. Implementation• Work began in Summer 2011• public beta release in November 2012• transition to Blacklight interface as primary entrypoint this weekend (May 5)• A few details• Ruby v PHP• Data: Indexing, refreshing, displaying• Browse Call Number• Campus views
  8. 8. Implementation: campus views
  9. 9. Implementation: campus views
  10. 10. Implementation: campus views
  11. 11. Implementation: browse call number(Stanford gem)
  12. 12. Implementation: browse call number(Stanford gem)
  13. 13. Implementation: browse call number(Stanford gem)
  14. 14. Implementation: tricky bits• Authentication & account management• My Account services• Off-campus authentication• Single sign-on (sort of)• Data• The infamous secret bunker of globes• Going from more to less structured search• 8 million bibliographic records• Statewide scope
  15. 15. Looking forward• Lists• Enhanced views / additional customization bycampus or format• Transition to Kuali OLE• and what to do about BROWSE(the final frontier …)
  16. 16. Additional reading on the project• Greene, Courtney and Kate Banet Moore. 2013. ―One Search to Rule Them All:Mapping the Literature on User Experience and Discovery.‖ Poster session presentedat Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference, April 12,Indianapolis, IN. http://bit.ly/1search• Moore, Kate B., and Courtney Greene. 2012a. ―The Search for a New OPAC:Selecting an Open Source Discovery Layer.‖ Serials Review 38 (1) (March): 24–30.• ———. 2012b. ―Choosing Discovery: A Literature Review on the Selection andEvaluation of Discovery Layers.‖ Journal of Web Librarianship 6 (3) (August): 145–163.• Greene, Courtney, Barbara Gushrowski, Randall Lent, Chris Evin Long, Mary BethMinick, Kate Banet Moore, Gwendolyn Pershing, Mary Pagliero Popp, and SusanSkekloff. 2011. ―IU Libraries Discovery Layer Task Force Summary Report andRecommendation‖. Indiana University Libraries. http://hdl.handle.net/2022/13621.
  17. 17. Questions? 
  18. 18. Thank you!Check it out on Monday (…or Tuesday) at http://iucat.iu.eduThese slides available at http://bit.ly/iolug-iuCourtney Greenecrgreene at indiana dot edufind me on twitter @xocg

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