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September 2007

In Smart Libraries Newsletter This Month

Smart Libraries Newsletter September 2007
In "VuFind: A Next-Generation Catalog from Villanova " Marshall Breeding reports on Falvey Memorial Library's open-source "next-generation" online catalog. Based as Villanova University, Falvey Library's "VuFind" offers features like search results displayed in relevancy-ranked order, the display and status of the current availability of items in the library, and user-contributed commenting and tagging functionality.

"Although in a nascent stage of development, VuFind enters the scene at a critical moment in the evolution of library technologies," surmises Breeding. "As libraries become increasingly drawn to open-source development and seek better alternatives than their current online catalogs, we can expect that many libraries will be interested in following, and even participating in, the evolution of this new library interface."

Also in SLN in September by Marshall Breeding

  • "New Management Team at SirsiDynix"

And by Tom Peters This Month

  • "Thinking Beside the Box (The Red Box)"
  • "Big Games: The Third Coast for Gaming in Libraries?"
  • "Accessibility Initiatives in Second Life"
  • "Library of Congress to Preserve Games, Virtual Worlds"