After eighteen months of development, the Library released the catalog as beta software in the spring of this year and it underwent subsequent changes throughout the summer. These changes were informed by a usability study the development team conducted with input from faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students. The catalog officially graduated from its ‘beta’ label two weeks before classes started, but the library expects to utilize user experience and input to make further refinements in the coming months.
The software for the new catalog is based on Project Blacklight, a collaborative open-source network which has already been implemented by universities including Stanford, Yale, and Cornell, as well as organizations such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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