January, 9, 2009. The new user interface, known as MnPALS Plus, makes library collections more visible and attractive to today’s web users. It utilizes a simple Google-like interface with faceted searching, and includes social networking features such as tagging and user comments. You can experience MnPALS Plus with its images of book covers, reviews, and author biographies at http://plus.mnpals.net.
"Initial usability studies indicate that library patrons easily learn the new searching style and are enthusiastic about the Web 2.0 look and feel." said Stephen Elfstrand, executive director of PALS.
MnPALS Plus is based on the award winning open source tool known as VuFind, which is in development at Villanova University. In keeping with the cooperative spirit of the open source software movement, a committee of Minnesota reference and cataloging librarians worked with the PALS development team to further refine the design, and customize MnPALS Plus for use in a multi-library, consortium environment. PALS staff is eager to show libraries the many advantages of implementing MnPALS Plus for their users.
PALS has been providing innovative library technology services to a large and diverse group of Minnesota libraries since 1978. More information about PALS can be found at http://www.mnpals.org.