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ERIC Number: EJ926247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Discovering Open Source Discovery: Using VuFind to Create MnPALS Plus
Digby, Todd; Elfstrand, Stephen
Computers in Libraries, v31 n2 p6-10 Mar 2011
The goal of having a robust discovery system is a priority of the libraries the authors serve (both work at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities). Given the current fiscal situation facing public higher education in their state, the current commercial systems were not affordable for most of their libraries. They decided to implement and work to enhance an open source set of discovery applications to provide a more economical solution for their libraries. They developed MnPALS Plus, which is an open source "discovery tool" based on VuFind and customized for a consortium environment. MnPALS Plus extracts the bibliographic data from their shared ILS for discovery and display in a more optimized and visually impacting interface for their users. MnPALS Plus is a very successful service that has been adopted by most of their libraries as the primary user interface. PALS provides support services for MnPALS Plus to the ODIN library system in North Dakota.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; North Dakota