The 2015 VUFind Developers Summit will take place at Villanova University on Oct. 12 and 13, 2015. VUFind, a ‘next generation’ discovery tool, is used as a search system in front of all major library management packages. VuFind replaces the traditional OPAC, enabling users to search and browse through all of a library’s resources, including—
- catalog records
- Digital Library items
- institutional repository
- institutional bibliography
- other library collections and resources
First developed in 2008 by Falvey technologists, this program is now supported by an active international community of developers led by Villanova’s Demian Katz, library technology development specialist. Deployed by over 140 countries worldwide, this open-source portal is a collaborative project with ongoing fixes, updates and development paths contributed by the entire community of VUFind adopters.
The full schedule of summit events, listed here, includes a State of the Project address by Katz, during which he’ll review what’s new and what has changed since the last Summit as well as discuss areas of future work. Also speaking will be Falvey’s Technology Team Leader David Lacy, who will present Conserving a Giant: Digitally Documenting a Painting Restoration Project. The Library has been home to a recently completed conservation of a Baroque masterpiece painting, Pietro da Cortona’s “Triumph of David” (different triumphant David, btw. ;-). Lacy and the task force of conservators kept observers informed of the two-year project with a frequently updated website, complete with live cam. Lacy will provide an insider’s view of the site’s infrastructure: a combination of WordPress, Omega/Neatline, GeoServer and VuFind.
Other speakers include John Houser from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Ere Maijala from the National Library of Finland and Andre Lahmann from Leipzig Univerity Library in Saxony, Germany.
See VuFind in action by viewing these recent tutorials developed by Falvey staff and librarians.
Article and infographic by Joanne Quinn, Communication & Service Promotion team leader.
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