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XC Management Tranferred to CARLI

On July 1, 2014, management of the eXtensible Catalog project moved from the University of Rochester to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). CARLI has been one of XC's largest supporters and funders (other than the University of Rochester and the Mellon Foundation), contributing leadership and support for additional Mellon funding as well as software development staff and infrastructure support.

With this transition, CARLI has assumed following responsibilities from the XCO:

Four XC related sessions at ALA Annual in Anaheim

Attending ALA Annual in Anaheim?

Jennifer Bowen will be presenting about XC during the following sessions:

• LITA/ALCTS preconference, “Creating Library Linked Data: What Catalogers and Coders can Build” Friday, 6/22, 8:30-4:00, Convention Center 203B

• ALCTS FRBR Interest Group, Friday, 6/22, 10:30-Noon, Convention Center 202Q

• LITA Next Generation Catalogs Interest Group: “Linked Data and Next Generation Catalogs”, Saturday, 6/23, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Convention Center 207D

XC Discovery Interface Demo Website

The eXtensible Catalog Organization is delighted to announce our live demo website for the XC discovery interface. The open-source software that drives this demo site (Drupal Toolkit version 6.x-1.1) is also being made available.

We have provided a webpage to assist you in finding the many unique features of the eXtensible Catalog (XC) discovery interface demo.

Notable Features:

- Faceted browsing with customizable facets
- Live connection to the ILS for circulation status
- FRBR/RDA-based metadata with library staff viewer
- Custom interface builder tool for staff

NCIP Toolkit version 1.0 released

A cross-institution group of open source developers is pleased to announce the release of the XC NCIP (NCIP standard 2.0) Toolkit version 1.0. This includes the version 1.0 releases for the NCIP Toolkit Core Code as well as the Sirsi Dynix Symphony and the Ex Libris Voyager connectors.

Free copy of XC book available for download

We are pleased to announce that you can now download a free copy of the book, Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog, based on user research for extensible Catalog. The full PDF of the book, as published, along with a separate PDF of its plates in color, can be found at:

The book is also still available in paper from ACRL [] and Amazon [].

XC NCIP Toolkit "test bed" released

We are thrilled to announce the release of an NCIP test bed that works with the XC NCIP 2 Toolkit (NCIP protocol 2.x). The test bed is an installed XC NCIP Toolkit that connects to a training ILS and supports a subset of NCIP services. We envision growing the test bed over time. Please note that testers are interacting with the installed NCIP Toolkit, not with the ILS directly.

Instructions for the test bed:

NCIP Toolkit the subject of Code4lib article by Lehigh staff

Previously we posted a news item about Lehigh University and their NCIP Toolkit work at Michelle Suranofsky, the developer at Lehigh University, has now written about that work in a code4lib article called "Joining an Open Source Community: Creating a Symphony Connector for the XC NCIP Toolkit". You can find the full content here.

Kyushu University Library announces discovery pilot

We here at XC are excited (thrilled is more like it) by the work that Kyushu University Library in Japan has been doing.

They have just announced a pilot version of a new discovery interface called Cute.Search that interfaces with their library catalog (known as Cute.Catalog). The pilot is a combination of Summon (from Serials Solutions) and eXtensible Catalog software. There is more information about the pilot at the first url below, which also includes an overview diagram of the discovery solution.

Release of new book, Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog

We are pleased to announce the release of a new book, Scholarly Practice, Participatory Design and the eXtensible Catalog, based on user research for eXtensible Catalog, available now from ACRL [] or Amazon [].

Andrew W. Mellon grant awarded to CARLI for MST development

The eXtensible Catalog Organization (XCO) is very pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) at the University of Illinois, to support development of the Metadata Services Toolkit (MST) component of eXtensible Catalog software. The grant funding, along with cash and in-kind programming contribution from CARLI, will focus on development of the MST for use by CARLI and other large library consortia.

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