[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Can Evergreen be used as a stand-alone Resource Discovery environment?

Mike Rylander mrylander at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 13:19:22 EST 2008

On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 12:27 PM, Pascal Vincent Calarco <pcalarco at nd.edu> wrote:
> Hi folks --
>  Hopefully this hasn't been asked a lot before on the list; I scanned the
>  threads in the archive and didn't see anything obvious, so here goes.
>  We have a small, four-library consortium that is looking for a separate
>  resource discovery environment to supplement our existing Aleph 18.01
>  ILS.  We aren't looking for a replacement ILS at this point.  Other
>  solutions we are evaluating include VUFind, Primo, Endeca, Encore,
>  Koha.  What is not obvious from looking at the Evergreen information
>  that is available is whether it is easy to strip off the indexing engine
>  and the web interface, and feed Evergreen a variety of MARC, DC, and
>  other data.

It's not really feasible to use Evergreen as a pure discovery layer.
The search infrastructure isn't built to be a standalone system, and
batch import/update of records and holdings is not something we've
optimized for, since the goal is an entire ILS.  I'll go out on a limb
here and say that the same is true of Koha, as it's designed to be a
full ILS.

>  Has anyone tried this, how hard is it, and any other information you
>  might suggest is most welcome.

My suggestion would be to look closely at VUFind, Blacklight and even
FacBackOPAC ( http://code.google.com/p/fac-back-opac/ -- built by our
very own Dan Scott).

Hope that helps!


>  Many thanks in advance!
>   - pascal
>  -------------------------------------
>  Pascal V. Calarco, MLIS
>  Head, Library Systems
>  University Libraries of Notre Dame/
>  Michiana Academic Library Consortium
>  Notre Dame, IN USA 46556-5629
>  http://www.library.nd.edu/
>  tel.: 574-631-3409  fax: 574-631-6772
>  --------------------------------------

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