Grant awarded for eXtensible Catalog Organization Metadata Services Toolkit

The eXtensible Catalog Organization (XCO) has announced a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to further develop the Metadata Services Toolkit (MST). The foundation awarded $100,000 to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) at the University of Illinois to continue work on  the MST.

eXtensible Catalog is a collection of open source components for libraries to manage metadata and build applications. As well as the MST, it includes Drupal, OAI and NCIP Toolkits.

You can view a demo of the Metadata Services Toolkit at:

http://www.extensiblecatalog.org/software/mst/demo

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VuFind 1.1 released

A new version of the VuFind library resource portal, is now available. This latest release comes with improved support for non-MARC metadata, autosuggesters, snippets, keyword highlighting, expanded OAI-PMH and RSS output, book previews through Google Books/OpenLibrary/Hathi Trust, more powerful favorite list management and a bunch of other new features and improvements.

For more information about this latest release and future development plans, check out the VuFind roadmap.