UIUC DNS Outage Today (April 4th)

The UIUC Domain Name Service (DNS) went offline at approximately 3:06PM today and campus networking staff report that it was brought back online at 3:42PM. The DNS service translates human-friendly names (i.e. into computer-friendly addresses (i.e.

Without this service, some CARLI servers are unable to lookup addresses so that they can talk to other CARLI servers. The campus Voice-over-IP phone service also was impacted by this outage which resulted in busy signals when calling our office.

Analysis of the Voyager Issues Thursday Morning (11/07/13)

Yesterday morning (Thursday, Nov 7th) at around 4:45AM, the disk space on the Voyager server reached 100% usage. All services were still online, but it prevented requests in VuFind and WebVoyage, blocked record updates in the Voyager Staff Clients, and caused other issues. Two problems combined to create this service outage:

First, a non-MARC file was manually generated to diagnose a record loading issue. An automated batch job retrieved this file and began working on it. We have modified the batch job to only retrieve files with a very specific file name structure.

I-Share Voyager offline October 2, 2013, midnight-6am

The CARLI Voyager system, I-Share, will be taken offline for all libraries from midnight until 6am Wednesday, October 2, to apply an emergency fix to a database index. During the outage VuFind will be available for searching the local and union catalogs, but VuFind will not be able to display item status information, nor will it support access to patron account records or the placing of requests.

VuFind Problems on Monday 9/9/2013

Yesterday between 12:06pm and 12:40pmVuFind received many thousand requests for the same search from the same IP address.

CARLI News September 6, 2013

Read the CARLI News for the latest information on CARLI events, new and ongoing projects, product and service updates and upcoming deadlines. Issues are sent to all subscribers of the “Announce” listserv. ​

Save the Date: 2013 Annual Meeting and Directors' Meetings

The CARLI Annual Meeting will be held on November 1, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Champaign. The sessions will feature research findings based on CARLI information or from CARLI libraries. 


New Features in the I-Share Union Catalog

The CARLI Office is pleased to announce that the new index for the I-Share union catalog is now in place. The new index supports three major enhancements to the VuFind interface:

New Format Facets in VuFind Local Catalogs

CARLI has completed reindexing of all VuFind local catalogs. The reindexing takes advantage of new data elements in RDA catalog records, and also of some previously unexploited data elements in AACR2 and older catalog records. We expect a new index for the I-Share union catalog to be ready within the next few days.

VuFind Outage to Expand Disk

The "I-Share" portion of VuFind is going offline during the next hour so that the underlying disk volume can be expanded. "Local" catalogs will still be available.

This maintenance will allow CARLI staff to add new functionality to VuFind.

Brandon Gant

Sunday 6-10AM Maintenance

This Sunday, July 28th between 6AM and 10AM, Production Voyager, Oracle, WebVoyage, and VuFind servers will be restarted causing a small amount of downtime.

This work is being done to make some final changes to the operating systems before the Fall Semester start.

Brandon Gant

Oracle Linux Migration Complete

The Oracle database migration from Solaris to Linux is now complete. All services should now be back online and available to users.

If you discover any problems or notice any performance degradation (or improvement), please contact to let us know.

Brandon Gant
CARLI System Services

New Libraries: VuFind & Universal Borrowing Intro

Place: CARLI Office, Champaign, IL
100 Trade Centre Drive, Suite 303
Champaign, IL 61820 
Directions to the CARLI Office

Lunch: Provided

Intended audience: Staff at KIS and SML. 

VuFind Local Catalog outage this morning

At 10:10AM this morning, the server running the SOLR index containing the VuFind Local catalogs stopped responding. A java process was consuming all CPU and the server was restarted to restore service. It looks like the service was offline for 12 minutes.

This has happened before and we think it has something to do with Java Garbage Collection (which happens at random intervals). The solution may be to schedule restarts of this server on a regular basis in the middle of the night.

Brandon Gant

CARLI System Services

VuFind Local Catalog Maintenance Tonight

On Sunday morning, we moved a rebuilt SOLR index of Local Catalogs to the VuFind server. That index has not updated the past two nights. After 10PM tonight, we will copy the index over again. This will require a reboot of the server which will take this service offline for a few minutes. Brandon Gant CARLI System Services

VuFind Problem 02/07

According to monitoring, the local catalog SOLR index for VuFind went offline at 7:16PM. This caused searches in all local catalogs to display a connection timeout error message ("Data not available for display"). That server has been rebooted and the system appears to be working again. Brandon Gant CARLI System Services

Downtime this Sunday Nov 18th from 6AM to 10AM

Between 6AM and 10AM this Sunday, November 18th, Production Voyager, Oracle, VuFind systems will go offline at various times. We are reconfiguring services to add four New Libraries (Morton, Richland, Southeastern, Southwestern) to our Voyager system. Many of the changes can be made during business hours, but we will need to restart/reboot/rebuild some services which requires downtime. We will also take this opportunity to do some additional hardware and software maintance. Brandon Gant CARLI System Services

Links from VuFind to Syndetics disabled, 10/30/12

Due to Hurricane Sandy, Syndetics servers have lost power. This means cover art, book reviews, and some tables of contents and summaries are temporarily unavailable from I-Share library catalogs. Service will be restored as soon as possible.