Monday, 25 October 2010

Establishing requirements

Before any development or consolation could begin, it was necessary to identify where the core VuFind system would need to modified to achieve the goals set out in the original Virtual Academic Library project. These goals were:

“A single portal … to allow cross-searching of library catalogues and access to shared e-resources”

“an essential corollary of reciprocal access and borrowing”

After analysing the VuFind core, it became apparent that the project would require 1 Solr record for up to three institutions, connections and drivers to three Library Management Systems, three methods of authentication and the development of additional functions to allow users to place and cancel holds and renew items.

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