Columbus, OH and Glenside, PA -- February 16, 2009. LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, and Arcadia University announced today that their Landman Library Catalog has gone live. Landman Library is a collection of online resources, databases (proprietary and open content) and the library catalog, accessible to all Arcadia University faculty and students. The Landman Library Catalog search provides a fast, user-friendly search interface to the entire collection.
Landman Library Catalog was developed in-house by Arcadia University using Pazpar2, an open-source middleware technology created by LibLime's partner, Index Data. Access to subscription content is provided by OpenTranslators, a new web service offered by LibLime that offers a simple gateway interface to over 9,000 subscription databases.
"Arcadia's new web site offers an attractive, easy-to-navigate interface with resources grouped by subject," says Eric McCloy, Executive Director of Library & Information Technology at Arcadia University.
"For example, a student doing research in biology can simultaneously search our catalog and all biology databases. Citation guidelines, helpful websites, contact information for the subject specialist librarian and instant messaging are all easily available. Additionally, the website was designed using the latest web standards and is ADA compliant. We were able to accomplish our goal by using a myriad of open-source technologies and libraries such as Drupal, Koha, jquery and Pazpar2," Eric explains.
"Since Arcadia has students at dozens of study-abroad locations each semester, the new site also makes it easier for students to use our library resources no matter where they are in the world," adds Eric.
Website customizations were developed in-house by Arcadia University's web developer, Matt McManus. Flexibility to use such in-house resources was a primary reason Arcadia University chose open source.
About Arcadia University
Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad. The 2008 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University No. 1 in the nation in the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top 25 master's universities in the North, as one of the top study abroad programs in the nation, and a Great School at a Great Price. Annually, Arcadia's Center for Education Abroad sends 3,000 students from colleges and universities around the country to 100 different study abroad programs at some of the finest universities across the globe. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world.
Pazpar2 is metasearch middleware, capable of searching large numbers of databases simultaneously, providing on-the-fly metadata normalization, merging, ranking/sorting, and facet extraction. Pazpar2 was written by Index Data, who provides support, training, and other services related to their software.
Pazpar2 is the driving technology behind a growing number of federated search tools including MasterKey, a federated search and discovery system and ábiblios, an open-source cataloging suite.
OpenTranslators is a hosted web service offered by LibLime that provides access to over 9,000 subscription and free content databases as well as Websites. OpenTranslators is an enabling service that makes it easy to build search systems for subscription databases that don't support standards.
LibLime is the global leader in open-source solutions for libraries, with a mission to make open source accessible to libraries. Rather
than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open-source in libraries by providing outstanding development, customization, support and training solutions--solutions tailored to each library's needs. For more information, see http://liblime.com.