January 18, 2022

UCLA Student Group Simul8 Develops Apps for UCLA Library

From the The Daily Bruin (UCLA):

Between the lines upon lines of code recent computer science graduate Christina Fries writes, she sees her own creativity.

Each complete segment is an expression of her knowledge and artistry, a sentiment she discovered in part through her work with Simul8, a student group employed by the UCLA Library to develop Web and mobile apps.

The group has created and maintained the UCLA Library app for both iOS and Android. The application allows users to access the library database through their phones and do everything from searching the online catalog to checking laptop availability, said Kevin Rundblad, user experience and social technology strategist at the UCLA Library and co-founder of Simul8.

Simul8 has also created other apps such as Article Search, a research-oriented search engine which acts as a portal to the library’s reserves of academic articles and papers.


The Library was able to fund Simul8’s activities partially because it received its largest donation ever – $5 million – in December 2009 from the Arcadia Fund, a charitable grant organization based in the United Kingdom.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.