Mar 19th, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

VuFind: The MnPALS Experience

Alec Sonsteby, Concordia College


A lot has happened since librarian and blogger Karen Schneider published her manifesto "How OPACs Suck" in 2006. Two years later, the Consortium of MnPALS Libraries launched MnPALS Plus, a new Web 2.0 catalog interface based on the open source project VuFind. In this session, learn the basics of the VuFind project; information about the Consortium's implementation, adoption, and usability testing of VuFind; the strengths and weaknesses of the public interface; and more. The emphasis of this session will be on the user experience and the public services perspective.

Alec Sonsteby is the Computer and Web Services Librarian at Concordia College’s Ylvisaker Library. He is the current chair of the MnPALS's Discovery Tool Task Force, the group specifically charged to explore discovery tools for the Consortium's libraries.