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VuFind Developer’s Article Features Ways to Help Users Discover Content

Demian Katz, technology development specialist, has co-authored “Content Integration: Creating a Scalable Common Platform for Information Resources,” published in the March 2012 issue of Computers in Libraries. The other author, Max Berenstein, is a product manager at Elsevier, a publisher of scientific, technical and medical information.

In their article, Berenstein and Katz discuss solutions, such as SciVerse Applications, developed at Elsevier, and VuFind, developed at Villanova University, which can be used “to help institutions better aggregate, manage, and expose licensed and in-house content.”

A sidebar, “Application Development: A Collaborative Process,” features Katz highlighting his interaction with Berenstein “to create the VuFind template application, a scalable and inexpensive new way to expose library resources within the OpenSocial universe .”

VuFind is open source library software developed at Falvey. Katz is the current lead developer, but he says, “I’m certainly not solely responsible for its content – a lot of people around the world have contributed code; I just take all the contributions and put them together into the finished product.” VuFind replaced the traditional OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) used to search a library’s holdings.

Falvey’s Technology Development team—Katz, David Lacy and David Uspal—develops “major features for the … Library web site.”

Also contributing: Gerald Dierkes

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