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Falvey’s VuFind Project is Recipient of Mellon Award

Villanova University recently received the prestigious Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for the Project VuFind software. The VuFind team, based at Falvey Memorial Library, proudly accepted the $50,000 award on December 8 in Washington, D.C., at the Coalition for Networked Information Task Force meeting.

The VuFind team includes Joe Lucia, University Librarian and Library Director, Andrew Nagy, former Library Technology Development Specialist, and Christopher Barr, Interface and Design Specialist. Mellon Awards are granted to not-for-profit developers of open source software advancing scholarship in the arts and humanities.

VuFind, which operates the Falvey catalog, is distinctive because it incorporates such Web 2.0 features as book jacket images, browsing recommendations for similar books, book reviews, tagging personal favorites, MLA and APA style citations, and transmitting records for books via text message. It was designed with tech savvy Villanovans in mind.

For more about the VuFind project, contact Joe Lucia at 610-519-4290 or via e-mail at

(Read a recent Library Journal article about VuFind.)

Linda Hauck also contributed to this article.

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