CARLI to release VuFind 4.1 catalog for I-Share libraries

December 6, 2017

CARLI is excited to announce that the VuFind 3 catalog available to I-Share Libraries will soon be replaced with the latest version of VuFind, version 4.1.  At the same time, the URL for the New VuFind catalog will change to i-share.carli.illinois.edu.

The tentative timeline for this work is as follows:

Friday, December 8, 2017 – New VuFind TEST server

  • We will replace the VuFind 3 test server (vufind3-test.carli.illinois.edu) with the new VuFind 4.1 test server
  • The URL of the VuFind 4.1 test server will be https://i-share-test.carli.illinois.edu

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – New VuFind PRODUCTION server

  • We will replace the VuFind 3 production server (vufind3.carli.illinois.edu) with the new VuFind 4.1 production server
  • The URL of the VuFind 4.1 production server will be https://i-share.carli.illinois.edu

These changes should occur without any service interruption.  CARLI staff will announce via email when the work is complete.

Launch of New VuFind (VuFind 4.1)

The VuFind 3.1.4 production and test servers available to I-Share libraries will be replaced with new VuFind 4.1 production and test servers, bringing our New VuFind catalog up-to-date with the most recent version of the VuFind software.  All development and changes that CARLI staff made to version 3.1.4 have been migrated to version 4.1.

Many of the changes in version 4.1 have been to the underlying structure of the VuFind software, but it also includes some new features:

  • A native API for retrieving search results and record details
  • New CARLI custom format definition for CD-ROM
  • New CARLI custom index definitions that are more in line with our traditional VuFind 0.6 indexes

All user-saved items and searches will be migrated automatically from version 3.1.4 to version 4.1.

For MIL, NIU, NPU, and SIC, your institutions are using Shibboleth single sign-on with VuFind 3 and will need to make a one-time local adjustment to Shibboleth “trust” settings before your users will be able to log in to New VuFind (version 4.1).  CARLI has communicated this change directly to library and campus Shibboleth contacts in advance to try to minimize any service interruption.

URL changes

With the launch of New VuFind (version 4.1), we will be discontinuing the use of the version number and the word “vufind” in the URL and returning to the URL https://i-share.carli.illinois.edu for the New VuFind catalog.

Libraries do not need to make any changes to existing links on their websites or library documentation because the vufind3.carli.illinois.edu URLs used with the VuFind 3.1.4 server will automatically redirect to the new “i-share” URLs of the VuFind 4.1 server.

This also necessitates a change of URL for the Classic WebVoyage catalog.  All URLs to the production Classic WebVoyage catalog beginning with https://i-share.carli.illinois.edu/xxx… will continue to work as before, but on Dec. 12, these URLs will be redirected automatically in the user’s browser to a new URL stem: https://webvoyage.carli.illinois.edu/xxx...  

Similarly, on Dec. 8, all URLs to the test Classic WebVoyage catalog beginning with https://i-share-test.carli.illinois.edu/xxx… will be redirected automatically in the user’s browser to a new URL stem: https://webvoyage-test.carli.illinois.edu/xxx…

Again, libraries do not need to make any changes to existing links on their websites or library documentation because the URLs will automatically redirect.

Introducing the New VuFind at your library

I-Share libraries may present the New VuFind to their users either alongside the current VuFind 0.6 interface or instead of the VuFind 0.6 interface.  For a list of things to do BEFORE you implement and when you are READY TO ROLLOUT New VuFind.

Customizing the New VuFind

Even if your library is not yet ready to promote New VuFind to your users, we strongly encourage the I-Share Director/Liaison or their designee to submit the New VuFind Customization Form to ensure that the banner, colors, and textual information are current and accurate for your library.

Learning about and staying up-to-date on New VuFind

You can review the differences in features and functionality between VuFind 0.6 and New VuFind:

Updates and announcements will be posted to the CARLI website https://www.carli.illinois.edu/news and will be shared on the CARLI email lists for I-Share liaisons and I-Share announcements.

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