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My Reading List

The team at EvolvePlus are very excited to announce the launch of an online reading log called My Reading List. With so many public libraries across Australia preparing to launch their Summer Reading Club programs, My Reading List is on track to become a welcome savior in reducing paper wastage and freeing up valuable staff time.

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Wireless People Counters

EvolvePlus offers highly-accurate people counting solutions to gather valuable customer statistics - ranging from counting the volume of patrons entering the library, through to counting the number visitors entering the Council visitor centre.

The beauty of the system is in its simplicity - the battery powered and completely wireless units means no wires and allow the units to more installed almost anywhere since it doesn't need to be plugged into an electrical power point!

The RF Counters wireless transmit counting data to the Sensor Network Gateway with the web based statistical software displaying data from each location across different time intervals in table or graph format.

For more information visit our People Counters product page.

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VuFind Discovery Layer successfully launches at Hobsons Bay Libraries

Hobsons Bay Libraries (Victoria) has become the first known Australian Public Library to use VuFind and in doing so allows users to search, browse and discover a wealth of information beyond the capabilities of a traditional WebOPAC.

The implementation and launch of the VuFind Discovery Layer has assisted Hobsons Bay Libraries to reinvigorate its community footprint and relevance. The state-of-the-art nature of the VuFind software has bred a new life into the library collection making it more visible and attractive to web users who are accustomed to that level of service.

The Vufind Discovery Layer has already become so popular with the library staff that they prefer to use it for searching over the Amlib Staff Application.

In regards to back-end administration, VuFind offers summary counts of conducted searches with breakdowns of successful and unsuccessful searches. Additionally, VuFind supplies detailed analysis of attempted search terms and popular records.

Management of patron comments and tags has become all the more manageable with the VuFind Manager application.

The discovery platform was released in conjunction with the much anticipated new interactive library website.

Congratulations to Hobsons Bay Libraries!!!

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RTC Implements EvolvePlus ILS

The Reformed Theological College (Geelong, Victoria) has recently completed its live implementation of EvolvePlus ILS, a leading edge web based library solution.

The implementation of EvolvePlus ILS included data migration of the college's Amlib Library System database. Using the integrated Discovery Layer students now have access to the unique web 2.0 discovery service often missing in traditional library system OPACs and have access to features such as tagging, faceted results, similar resource suggestions and can add comments/review.

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Launch of EvolvePlus VuFind Manager Application

EvolvePlus VuFind Manager Comment Search

EvolvePlus has launched the VuFind Manager application for the VuFind Discovery Layer. The VuFind Manager application is an essential tool to assist authorised administrators to review patron comments and tags, and can be used to locate and remove offensive tags or comments from the VuFind Discovery Layer. It also enables authorised library staff to troubleshoot the VuFind account logins and the corresponding patron credentials from the source ILS.

Key features of the VuFind Discovery Layer are the integrated social features for Patrons to interact with the library catalogue, including:

  • Patrons add tags to Bibliographic records (folksonomy of descriptors or subject headings)
  • Patrons add comments to Bibliographic records (incorporating patron reviews and notes)

These tags and comments then become visible to the entire community using the VuFind Discovery Layer. The VuFind Manager application developed by EvolvePlus enables libraries to ensure that offensive tags or comments can be removed from their discovery layer.

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Version 1.3 of VuFind Discovery Layer Released



The latest version of the VuFind Discovery has been released with a range of significant enhancements:

  • New book bag feature for shopping-cart-style bulk actions (save, email, export multiple records)
  • New recommendation module plug-ins (visual timelines and Google Maps integration)
  • Enhanced RSS feeds that allow VuFind results to be easily shared with external services
  • Improved Syndetics integration

A key feature of the release is the new EvolvePlus theme designed using JQuery components and providing a fresh user interface experience for Patrons.

Customers with a valid EvolvePlus support agreement can Contact EvolvePlus to arrange for the installation/upgrade to Version 1.3 at no additional charge together with the new EvolvePlus theme.

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Evolving to meets your needs

At EvolvePlus, we understand that offering libraries just one dedicated software solution no longer satisfies the ever growing list of requirements for running a library in the 21st century. With this in mind, we are adding a whole suite of state-of-the-art web and library applications in addition to our existing Evolve Library Management Software and VuFind Discovery Layer support services.

Discovery Gateway

If you are looking at achieving a 'return on investment' for your subscription databases, ask us about our Database Discovery Gateway enabling a single search across multiple databases in a user-friendly and intuitive manner.

Brushtail Library Portal

EvolvePlus supports and hosts the open source Brushtail Library Portal that has been designed specifically for libraries and includes the following features and modules:

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Epworth Healthcare selects EvolvePlus ILS

EvolvePlus ILS, a leading edge web based library solution, has been selected by Epworth HealthCare’s  Library Manager as its library management system to replace its current DB/TextWorks system.
 
Epworth HealthCare provides acute medical and surgical services, sub-acute care, diagnostics and rehabilitation to more than 114,000 in-patients annually. Epworth HealthCare doctors and staff work in partnership to provide care and services equal to the world’s best. Epworth recognises research and teaching as integral to achieving excellence in patient care and supports many projects across all areas of health.

EvolvePlus enables Epworth to implement an affordable solution based on the latest Web technologies. The flexible application framework of EvolvePlus allows Epworth HealthCare to customise the system to suit its unique library environment and integrate EvolvePlus with other Epworth applications and mobile devices.

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VuFind Discovery Layer - Powerful Search and Intuitive Browse Capabilities.

VuFind Browse Builder

Laura Larsell's insightful article titled 'Why browsing is so important to Content Discovery' is a must read for any librarian who is considering the implementation of a Discovery Layer. The article discusses the demise Browsing in favor of Search in the 'Information Age' and the author's aspirations to bring back browsing. Laura does not have to look any further than VuFind. The VuFind Discovery Layer offers functional Search and Browse capabilities.

The VuFind Discovery Layer incorporates powerful search function and is particularly great for browsing. In addition to the "More Like This" resource suggestions and faceted results search system; VuFind empowers the user with the ability to browse a catalog allowing them to explore the library holdings.

VuFind offers a useful browsing tool whereby the user is able to build a browse list of results based on their interests.

Another useful browse feature provided by VuFind is the ability to list any numbers of stored persistent search links (Canned Searches). Libraries can set-up links to view all the DVD movies or music CD’s, etc in a collection.

Discover the capabilities of VuFind.

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VuFind Discovery Layer Available from EvolvePlus

VuFind Example

VuFind Discovery Layer is available from EvolvePlus as a Managed Service.

EvolvePlus is pleased to announce that it is VuFind's commercial support provider to libraries throughout Australia. Our extensive range of VuFind services available to our customers include:

  • VuFind Managed Services Agreement with Customer Support & Helpdesk
  • VuFind Implementation, Configuration and Customisation
  • VuFind ILS Driver Configuration and Development (connecting VuFind to your existing library system)
  • VuFind Project Consulting

EvolvePlus provides libraries with the unique choice of retain its existing ILS and replace just the OPAC with EvolvePlus implementing the VuFind Discovery Layer as a managed service.

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Welcome to the launch of EvolvePlus

Welcome to the launch of EvolvePlus Pty Ltd.

The launch of our new company EvolvePlus heralds a new era for Australian libraries being able to choose a fully web based library solution which can be extensively customised to meet the needs of your library and your patrons.

The 'birth' of EvolvePlus Pty Ltd has been an exciting process for us - whilst we may appear to be a 'fledging' company our directors have extensive experience within Australian libraries, especially with implementing library solutions and migrating data from legacy systems.

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