Connecting the Dots

How Villanova’s Library Technology team changed the way libraries worldwide search

If you’ve ever used the search bar on Falvey’s website, you’re among millions of people worldwide who have utilized state-of-the-art software developed at Villanova: VuFind. With a presence on six continents, VuFind has been adopted by high-profile libraries like Yale University, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the National Library of Ireland.

 Released in 2010 and designed by Villanova’s Library Technology team, VuFind allows users to search and browse beyond the resources of a traditional online public access catalog. “We created a tool specifically tailored to the needs of libraries,” says Demian Katz, director of Library Technology at Falvey Memorial Library. 

 Just as Google provides one place to find content from different websites, VuFind provides users with a more convenient way to search and discover library resources in their own libraries’ collections.

 Because Villanova’s Library released the innovative library search engine as open-source software, more than 200 institutions worldwide have been able to implement and customize VuFind to meet their own needs at no cost. “It is very compatible with our philosophy of making information open and accessible and sharing and spreading knowledge,” Katz says. “It’s one of our unique contributions to the global accessibility of knowledge.” ◼︎  


Read Seek & Find at Falvey Library: Online Exclusives to learn more about the Library's role in the Affordable Materials Project and to get some insider insights from Q&As with Falvey’s Metrics and Assessment Librarian, Preservation and Digital Archivist, Digital Scholarship Librarian and Scholarly Communications Librarian.

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